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Whanganui District

Occupation of workforce

In 2013, more of the workforce in Whanganui District 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 Whanganui District will be influenced by factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available in Whanganui District;
  • 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 Whanganui District, 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
Whanganui District20132006Change
OccupationNumber%New Zealand %Number%New Zealand %2006 to 2013
Managers2,18714.117.82,24714.617.1-60
Professionals3,21920.721.32,95519.318.9+264
Technicians and trades workers1,76411.411.41,86312.112.2-99
Community and personal service workers1,83011.88.51,63210.67.9+198
Clerical and administrative workers1,74911.311.41,80911.812.1-60
Sales workers1,4139.18.81,4829.79.4-69
Machinery operators and drivers7174.65.28375.55.8-120
Labourers2,12113.710.52,08213.611.0+39
Not stated / included5283.45.04352.85.7+93

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, 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: 14.1% Professionals, Whanganui District: 20.7% Technicians and trades workers, Whanganui District: 11.4% Community and personal service workers, Whanganui District: 11.8% Clerical and administrative workers, Whanganui District: 11.3% Sales workers, Whanganui District: 9.1% Machinery operators and drivers, Whanganui District: 4.6% Labourers, Whanganui District: 13.7% Not stated / included, Whanganui District: 3.4%
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, Whanganui District: -60 Professionals, Whanganui District: +264 Technicians and trades workers, Whanganui District: -99 Community and personal service workers, Whanganui District: +198 Clerical and administrative workers, Whanganui District: -60 Sales workers, Whanganui District: -69 Machinery operators and drivers, Whanganui District: -120 Labourers, Whanganui District: +39 Not stated / included, Whanganui District: +93
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 Whanganui District in 2013 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Professionals (3,219 people or 20.7%)
  • Managers (2,187 people or 14.1%)
  • Labourers (2,121 people or 13.7%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 7,527 people in total or 48.5% of the workforce.

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

The major differences between the jobs held by the workforce in the Whanganui District and the New Zealand were:

  • A larger percentage of people employed as community and personal service workers (11.8% compared to 8.5%)
  • A larger percentage of people employed as labourers (13.7% compared to 10.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed as managers (14.1% compared to 17.8%)

Emerging groups

The workforce in Whanganui District increased by 186 people between 2006 and 2013.

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

  • Professionals (+264 people)
  • Community and personal service workers (+198 people)
  • Machinery operators and drivers (-120 people)
  • Technicians and trades workers (-99 people)

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