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Occupation of employment

There were more professionals in the Wellington City than any other occupation in 2013.

The Wellington City's occupation statistics quantify the occupations in which the residents work (which may be within the residing area or elsewhere). This will be influenced by the economic base and employment opportunities available in the area, education levels, and the working and social aspirations of the population. When viewed with other indicators, such as Educational Qualifications and Individual Income, Occupation is a key measure for evaluating the Wellington City's socio-economic status and skill base. The occupations held by a workforce are linked to a range of factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available in the area;
  • The educational qualification levels of the population; and
  • The working and social aspirations of the population.

Derived from the Census questions:

'In the job that you worked the most hours in, what was your occupation?' and 'In that job, what tasks or duties did you spend the most time on'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Occupation of employment
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OccupationNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2006 to 2013
Managers17,47216.616.717,03116.616.2+441
Professionals37,88136.028.634,76433.925.8+3,117
Technicians and trades workers8,0767.79.68,6348.410.6-558
Community and personal service workers8,2207.88.67,3657.27.8+855
Clerical and administrative workers13,18512.512.914,51114.114.3-1,326
Sales workers8,2747.98.48,8418.69.2-567
Machinery operators and drivers2,1302.03.42,3882.34.1-258
Labourers4,5544.36.74,7704.67.1-216
Not stated / included5,4515.25.24,3294.24.8+1,122

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Occupation of employment, 2013
Occupation of employment, 2013 Managers, Wellington Region: 16.7% Professionals, Wellington Region: 28.6% Technicians and trades workers, Wellington Region: 9.6% Community and personal service workers, Wellington Region: 8.6% Clerical and administrative workers, Wellington Region: 12.9% Sales workers, Wellington Region: 8.4% Machinery operators and drivers, Wellington Region: 3.4% Labourers, Wellington Region: 6.7% Not stated / included, Wellington Region: 5.2% Managers, Wellington City: 16.6% Professionals, Wellington City: 36.0% Technicians and trades workers, Wellington City: 7.7% Community and personal service workers, Wellington City: 7.8% Clerical and administrative workers, Wellington City: 12.5% Sales workers, Wellington City: 7.9% Machinery operators and drivers, Wellington City: 2.0% Labourers, Wellington City: 4.3% Not stated / included, Wellington City: 5.2%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in occupation of employment, 2006 to 2013
Change in occupation of employment, 2006 to 2013 Managers, Wellington City: +441 Professionals, Wellington City: +3,117 Technicians and trades workers, Wellington City: -558 Community and personal service workers, Wellington City: +855 Clerical and administrative workers, Wellington City: -1,326 Sales workers, Wellington City: -567 Machinery operators and drivers, Wellington City: -258 Labourers, Wellington City: -216 Not stated / included, Wellington City: +1,122
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the resident population in Wellington City in 2013 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Professionals (37,881 people or 36.0%)
  • Managers (17,472 people or 16.6%)
  • Clerical and administrative workers (13,185 people or 12.5%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 68,538 people in total or 65.1% of the employed resident population.

In comparison, the Wellington Region employed 28.6% in Professionals; 16.7% in Managers; and 12.9% in Clerical and administrative workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the population of the Wellington City and the Wellington Region were:

  • A larger percentage of persons employed as Professionals (36.0% compared to 28.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Labourers (4.3% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Technicians and trades workers (7.7% compared to 9.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Machinery operators and drivers (2.0% compared to 3.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Wellington City increased by 2,610 between 2006 and 2013.

The largest changes in the occupations of residents between 2006 and 2013 in the Wellington City were for those employed as:

  • Professionals (+3,117 persons)
  • Clerical and administrative workers (-1,326 persons)
  • Community and personal service workers (+855 persons)
  • Sales workers (-567 persons)

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