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59,262 people in the Wellington City had a tertiary qualification in 2013.

Education Qualifications are one of the most important indicators of socio-economic status. With other data sources, such as Income statistics and Occupation data, Wellington City's Education Qualifications help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of an area and identify skill gaps in the labour market. Level of Educational Qualifications in a population relate to a number of factors including:

  • The age of the population (e.g. older people tend to have more vocational qualifications, while people in their twenties and thirties are more likely to have a university degree);
  • The professional or working ambitions of people (to seek education as youth or retraining as adults);
  • The opportunities afforded to people to continue studying beyond compulsory schooling; and
  • Immigration policy

Derived from the Census questions:

'What is your highest secondary school qualification?', 'Apart from secondary school qualifications do you have another completed qualification?', and 'Print your highest qualification level and the main subject.'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Highest qualification achieved
Wellington City20132006Change
Qualification levelNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2006 to 2013
Higher degree
23,24114.79.416,75211.37.0+6,489
Bachelor degree
36,02122.816.031,77321.514.1+4,248
Post school (excluding university)
24,73815.718.927,75618.821.3-3,018
School qualification
49,09831.131.845,79231.031.1+3,306
map this data in atlas.idNo qualification12,9728.214.515,44710.518.1-2,475
Not stated / included
11,9197.59.410,1736.98.4+1,746

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

Highest qualification achieved, 2013
Highest qualification achieved, 2013 Higher degree, Wellington Region: 9.4% Bachelor degree, Wellington Region: 16.0% Post school (excluding university), Wellington Region: 18.9% School qualification, Wellington Region: 31.8% No qualification, Wellington Region: 14.5% Not stated / included, Wellington Region: 9.4% Higher degree, Wellington City: 14.7% Bachelor degree, Wellington City: 22.8% Post school (excluding university), Wellington City: 15.7% School qualification, Wellington City: 31.1% No qualification, Wellington City: 8.2% Not stated / included, Wellington City: 7.5%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2013
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2013 Higher degree, Wellington City: +6,489 Bachelor degree, Wellington City: +4,248 Post school (excluding university), Wellington City: -3,018 School qualification, Wellington City: +3,306 No qualification, Wellington City: -2,475 Not stated / included, Wellington City: +1,746
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the population in the Wellington City in 2013 compared to the Wellington Region shows that there was a higher proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Higher degrees, Bachelor degrees and Post School (excluding university) qualifications), and a lower proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 84.2% of the population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 8.2% had no qualifications, compared with 76.1% and 14.5% respectively for the Wellington Region.

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

  • A larger percentage of persons with Bachelor degrees (22.8% compared to 16.0%)
  • A larger percentage of persons with Higher degrees (14.7% compared to 9.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with No qualifications (8.2% compared to 14.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Post school (excluding university) qualifications (15.7% compared to 18.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications of the population in the Wellington City between 2006 and 2013 were in those with:

  • Higher degrees (+6,489 persons)
  • Bachelor degrees (+4,248 persons)
  • School qualifications (+3,306 persons)
  • Post school (excluding university) qualifications (-3,018 persons)
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