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Unpaid work

In the Wellington City 81.8% of the population over 15 did unpaid housework in the 4 weeks leading up to the 2013 census date.

There has been increased interest in identifying, acknowledging and valuing the unpaid work that supports home and community life. The changing amount of time spent on unpaid housework in different Household Types and, particularly the distribution of this work within the household, can indicate the changing roles of males, females and older children in society. The level of unpaid domestic work in the Wellington City may also be related to Household Income, as higher income households are able to outsource some of these tasks.

Derived from the Census question:

'In the last 4 weeks, which of these have you done without pay'

Multi-response

Persons aged 15 years and over

Unpaid activities
Wellington City20132006Change
Unpaid activities - multi-responseNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2006 to 2013
map this data in atlas.idHousehold work etc129,25281.880.0121,74982.480.6+7,503
Looking after a child who is a household member
40,39525.627.738,02825.728.6+2,367
Looking after ill or disabled household member
8,2505.26.48,3465.76.9-96
Looking after a child who is not a household member
19,22112.214.319,54813.215.2-327
Looking after ill or disabled other person
11,1727.18.210,8697.48.4+303
map this data in atlas.idVoluntary work through an organisation24,75015.715.221,92114.814.8+2,829
No activities
13,2068.48.812,0668.28.9+1,140

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

Unpaid domestic work - Totals
Wellington City20132006Change
Unpaid activities - totals - multi-responseNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2006 to 2013
Not stated / included12,3457.89.011,1337.58.3+1,212
Total population157,989100.0100.0147,690100.0100.0+10,299
Total respondents145,64492.291.0136,55792.591.7+9,087
Total responses258,591163.7169.5243,660165.0171.7+14,931

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

Unpaid activities, 2013
Unpaid activities, 2013 Household work etc, Wellington Region: 80.0% Looking after a child who is a household member, Wellington Region: 27.7% Looking after ill or disabled household member, Wellington Region: 6.4% Looking after a child who is not a household member, Wellington Region: 14.3% Looking after ill or disabled other person, Wellington Region: 8.2% Voluntary work through an organisation, Wellington Region: 15.2% No activities, Wellington Region: 8.8% Household work etc, Wellington City: 81.8% Looking after a child who is a household member, Wellington City: 25.6% Looking after ill or disabled household member, Wellington City: 5.2% Looking after a child who is not a household member, Wellington City: 12.2% Looking after ill or disabled other person, Wellington City: 7.1% Voluntary work through an organisation, Wellington City: 15.7% No activities, Wellington City: 8.4%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in unpaid activities, 2006 to 2013
Change in unpaid activities, 2006 to 2013 Household work etc, Wellington City: +7,503 Looking after a child who is a household member, Wellington City: +2,367 Looking after ill or disabled household member, Wellington City: -96 Looking after a child who is not a household member, Wellington City: -327 Looking after ill or disabled other person, Wellington City: +303 Voluntary work through an organisation, Wellington City: +2,829 No activities, Wellington City: +1,140
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 unpaid activities in the Wellington City in 2013 compared to the Wellington Region shows that there was a higher proportion of people performing unpaid work in their own home and a higher proportion of people involved with unpaid activities outside of their home.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in the Wellington City and the Wellington Region were:

  • A larger percentage of people who performed household work etc (81.8% compared to 80.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people who looked after a child who is a household member (25.6% compared to 27.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people who looked after a child who is not a household member (12.2% compared to 14.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people who looked after ill or disabled household member (5.2% compared to 6.4%)

Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid domestic work in the Wellington City, between 2006 and 2013 were:

  • Household work etc (+7,503 people)
  • Voluntary work through an organisation (+2,829 people)
  • Looking after a child who is a household member (+2,367 people)
  • No activities (+1,140 people)

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