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Ashburton District CouncilCommunity profile

Ashburton District Council

Industry sector of employment

More Ashburton District Council residents worked in agriculture, forestry and fishing in 2018 than any other industry.

Ashburton District Council’s industry statistics identify the industry sectors in which the residents work (which may be within the residing area or elsewhere). This will be influenced by the skill base and socio-economic status of the residents as well as the industries and employment opportunities present in the region.

When viewed in conjunction with Residents Place of Work data and Method of Travel to Work, industry sector statistics provide insights into the relationship between the economic and residential role of the area.


Derived from the Census question:

'What is the main activity of (your) business or employer.'

Note: This page includes data from the 2018 Census. Between 2013 and 2018, the geographical classification was changed, and with it many boundaries were altered. As a result, you may see different small area options when comparing to pages that do not yet show 2018 data. Learn more.

Industry sector of employment
Ashburton District Council20182013Change
Industry sectorNumber%New Zealand %Number%New Zealand %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, forestry and fishing4,53324.55.93,95723.86.5+576
Electricity, gas, water and waste services1680.90.71230.70.7+45
Wholesale trade8644.74.97504.54.8+114
Retail trade1,5518.49.01,5399.29.4+12
Accommodation and food services8524.66.56964.25.6+156
Transport, postal and warehousing6063.34.35223.14.1+84
Information media and telecommunications1410.81.61470.91.8-6
Financial and insurance services2821.52.72581.53.4+24
Rental, hiring and real estate services2701.52.03061.82.5-36
Professional, scientific and technical services1,2636.89.96153.78.4+648
Administrative and support services5012.74.62731.63.3+228
Public administration and safety4352.45.42911.74.9+144
Education and training9935.48.18465.18.0+147
Health care and social assistance1,1106.09.59845.99.6+126
Arts and recreation services1710.91.81771.11.8-6
Other services7053.83.95853.53.9+120
Not elsewhere included------6213.74.0--
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: High
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Please note that in the 2018 Census, where data are not provided, responses are sourced from administrative datasets, in line with the procedures developed by Statistics New Zealand to supplement the 2018 dataset. Due to this, there is no "Not elsewhere included" category in 2018, and users should use caution when comparing to earlier Census years.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the resident population in Ashburton District Council in 2018 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing (4,533 people or 24.5%)
  • Manufacturing (2,346 people or 12.7%)
  • Construction (1,668 people or 9.0%)

In combination these three industries employed 8,547 people in total or 46.2% of the employed resident population.

In comparison, New Zealand employed 5.9% in Agriculture, forestry and fishing; 9.8% in Manufacturing; and 9.2% in Construction.

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

  • A larger percentage of persons employed in agriculture, forestry and fishing (24.5% compared to 5.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in health care and social assistance (6.0% compared to 9.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in professional, scientific and technical services (6.8% compared to 9.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in public administration and safety (2.4% compared to 5.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Ashburton District Council increased by 1,842 between 2013 and 2018.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the resident population between 2013 and 2018 in Ashburton District Council were for those employed in:

  • Professional, scientific and technical services (+648 persons)
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing (+576 persons)
  • Construction (+264 persons)
  • Administrative and support services (+228 persons)

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