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Occupation of employment

There were more professionals in the Whanganui District than any other occupation in 2013.

The Whanganui District'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 Whanganui District'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
Whanganui District20132006Change
OccupationNumber%New Zealand %Number%New Zealand %2006 to 2013
Managers2,35513.517.82,55913.417.1-204
Professionals3,23718.521.33,18016.718.9+57
Technicians and trades workers2,08211.911.42,39412.612.2-312
Community and personal service workers2,00411.58.51,93210.17.9+72
Clerical and administrative workers1,80310.311.41,96810.312.1-165
Sales workers1,4768.48.81,7169.09.4-240
Machinery operators and drivers8765.05.21,0865.75.8-210
Labourers2,56514.710.52,64913.911.0-84
Not stated / included1,0866.25.01,5518.15.7-465

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, New Zealand: 17.8% Professionals, New Zealand: 21.3% Technicians and trades workers, New Zealand: 11.4% Community and personal service workers, New Zealand: 8.5% Clerical and administrative workers, New Zealand: 11.4% Sales workers, New Zealand: 8.8% Machinery operators and drivers, New Zealand: 5.2% Labourers, New Zealand: 10.5% Not stated / included, New Zealand: 5.0% Managers, Whanganui District: 13.5% Professionals, Whanganui District: 18.5% Technicians and trades workers, Whanganui District: 11.9% Community and personal service workers, Whanganui District: 11.5% Clerical and administrative workers, Whanganui District: 10.3% Sales workers, Whanganui District: 8.4% Machinery operators and drivers, Whanganui District: 5.0% Labourers, Whanganui District: 14.7% Not stated / included, Whanganui District: 6.2%
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, Whanganui District: -204 Professionals, Whanganui District: +57 Technicians and trades workers, Whanganui District: -312 Community and personal service workers, Whanganui District: +72 Clerical and administrative workers, Whanganui District: -165 Sales workers, Whanganui District: -240 Machinery operators and drivers, Whanganui District: -210 Labourers, Whanganui District: -84 Not stated / included, Whanganui District: -465
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 Whanganui District in 2013 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Professionals (3,237 people or 18.5%)
  • Labourers (2,565 people or 14.7%)
  • Managers (2,355 people or 13.5%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 8,157 people in total or 46.7% of the employed resident population.

In comparison, the New Zealand employed 21.3% in Professionals; 10.5% in Labourers; and 17.8% in Managers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the population of the Whanganui District and the New Zealand were:

  • A larger percentage of persons employed as Labourers (14.7% compared to 10.5%)
  • A larger percentage of persons employed as Community and personal service workers (11.5% compared to 8.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Managers (13.5% compared to 17.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Professionals (18.5% compared to 21.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Whanganui District decreased by 1,551 between 2006 and 2013.

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

  • Technicians and trades workers (-312 persons)
  • Sales workers (-240 persons)
  • Machinery operators and drivers (-210 persons)
  • Managers (-204 persons)

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