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Occupation of workforce

In 2013, more of the workforce in Wellington City were employed as professionals than any other occupation.

Occupation is a key component for evaluating the socio-economic status of the workforce and the skills required to work in each industry sector.

The occupations of the workforce in Wellington City will be influenced by factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available in Wellington City;
  • The age of the workforce;
  • The skill and qualification level of the workforce;
  • The economic role of the area – providing employment for people from elsewhere or mainly serving the local residents.

For a more complete workforce analysis for Wellington City, view Occupations in conjunction with other indicators, such as Workforce Industries, Workforce Level of Qualification and Workforce Field of Qualification, as well as the Occupations of the residents.

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'

Workforce, by place of work, regardless of residence

Workforce occupation of employment
Wellington City20132006Change
OccupationNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2006 to 2013
Managers22,36817.517.619,83617.817.6+2,532
Professionals45,79835.929.638,30434.327.7+7,494
Technicians and trades workers9,0277.19.08,5747.79.6+453
Community and personal service workers9,3547.38.57,4226.67.7+1,932
Clerical and administrative workers18,48014.513.418,91516.915.3-435
Sales workers9,1837.28.59,0068.19.2+177
Machinery operators and drivers2,5922.03.22,2112.03.5+381
Labourers5,2714.16.54,4914.06.7+780
Not stated / included5,3914.23.82,9042.62.6+2,487

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

Workforce occupation of employment, 2013
Workforce occupation of employment, 2013 Managers, Wellington Region: 17.6% Professionals, Wellington Region: 29.6% Technicians and trades workers, Wellington Region: 9.0% Community and personal service workers, Wellington Region: 8.5% Clerical and administrative workers, Wellington Region: 13.4% Sales workers, Wellington Region: 8.5% Machinery operators and drivers, Wellington Region: 3.2% Labourers, Wellington Region: 6.5% Not stated / included, Wellington Region: 3.8% Managers, Wellington City: 17.5% Professionals, Wellington City: 35.9% Technicians and trades workers, Wellington City: 7.1% Community and personal service workers, Wellington City: 7.3% Clerical and administrative workers, Wellington City: 14.5% Sales workers, Wellington City: 7.2% Machinery operators and drivers, Wellington City: 2.0% Labourers, Wellington City: 4.1% Not stated / included, Wellington City: 4.2%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in workforce occupation of employment, 2006 to 2013
Change in workforce occupation of employment, 2006 to 2013 Managers, Wellington City: +2,532 Professionals, Wellington City: +7,494 Technicians and trades workers, Wellington City: +453 Community and personal service workers, Wellington City: +1,932 Clerical and administrative workers, Wellington City: -435 Sales workers, Wellington City: +177 Machinery operators and drivers, Wellington City: +381 Labourers, Wellington City: +780 Not stated / included, Wellington City: +2,487
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 workforce in Wellington City in 2013 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Professionals (45,798 people or 35.9%)
  • Managers (22,368 people or 17.5%)
  • Clerical and administrative workers (18,480 people or 14.5%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 86,646 people in total or 68.0% of the workforce.

In comparison, the Wellington Region employed 29.6% in Professionals; 17.6% in Managers; and 13.4% in Clerical and administrative workers.

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

  • A larger percentage of people employed as professionals (35.9% compared to 29.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed as labourers (4.1% compared to 6.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed as technicians and trades workers (7.1% compared to 9.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed as sales workers (7.2% compared to 8.5%)

Emerging groups

The workforce in Wellington City increased by 15,801 people between 2006 and 2013.

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

  • Professionals (+7,494 people)
  • Managers (+2,532 people)
  • Community and personal service workers (+1,932 people)
  • Labourers (+780 people)

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