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Qualifications of workforce

In 2013, 60.9% of the workforce in the Wellington City had a tertiary qualification, compared to 53.5% in Wellington Region.

Qualification levels help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of workers in a particular industry.

The level of qualifications in a workforce relate to a number of factors including:

  • The age of the workforce;
  • The skill and qualification level required to work in an area;
  • 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.

Educational Qualification statistics should be looked at in conjunction with Workforce Industries , Workforce Occupation and Workforce Field of Qualification data as well as information on the Level and Field of Qualification of residents for a full education analysis for Wellington City.

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.'

Workforce, by place of work, regardless of residence

Workforce highest qualification achieved
Wellington City20132006Change
Qualification levelNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2006 to 2013
Higher degree22,46117.613.015,48913.99.8+6,972
Bachelor degree34,44627.021.528,22425.319.0+6,222
Post school (excluding university)20,71216.219.019,78517.720.1+927
School qualification3,3332.63.14,5874.14.5-1,254
No qualification39,40530.937.038,14234.241.0+1,263
Not stated / included7,1045.66.45,4304.95.6+1,674

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

Workforce highest qualification achieved, 2013
Workforce highest qualification achieved, 2013 Higher degree, Wellington Region: 13.0% Bachelor degree, Wellington Region: 21.5% Post school (excluding university), Wellington Region: 19.0% School qualification, Wellington Region: 3.1% No qualification, Wellington Region: 37.0% Not stated / included, Wellington Region: 6.4% Higher degree, Wellington City: 17.6% Bachelor degree, Wellington City: 27.0% Post school (excluding university), Wellington City: 16.2% School qualification, Wellington City: 2.6% No qualification, Wellington City: 30.9% Not stated / included, Wellington City: 5.6%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in workforce highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2013
Change in workforce highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2013 Higher degree, Wellington City: +6,972 Bachelor degree, Wellington City: +6,222 Post school (excluding university), Wellington City: +927 School qualification, Wellington City: -1,254 No qualification, Wellington City: +1,263 Not stated / included, Wellington City: +1,674
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 workforce 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, 63.5% of the workforce held educational qualifications, and 30.9% had no qualifications, compared with 56.6% and 37.0% respectively for the Wellington Region.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce in the Wellington City and the Wellington Region were:

  • A larger percentage of people with bachelor degrees (27.0% compared to 21.5%)
  • A larger percentage of people with higher degrees (17.6% compared to 13.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with no qualification (30.9% compared to 37.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with post school qualifications (excluding university) (16.2% compared to 19.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the workforce in the Wellington City between 2006 and 2013 were:

  • Higher degree (+6,972 people)
  • Bachelor degree (+6,222 people)
  • No qualification (+1,263 people)
  • School qualification (-1,254 people)
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