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Ashburton District CouncilCommunity profile

Ashburton District Council

Field of qualifications of workforce

In Ashburton District Council, there were more people in the workforce with a Management and commerce qualification than any other field of qualification in 2018.

Field of Qualification presents the primary field of study for the highest qualification the person has received. Field of study for lower level qualifications are not collected.

Fields of study relate to the type of work and types of industries in the area, but may also indicate people working in areas which don’t match their training. As with other workforce related topics, field of study helps to build up a picture of the economic and employment role of an area, as distinct from its residential role.

Field of Qualification information should be looked at in conjunction with Workforce Industries , Workforce Occupation and Workforce Level of Qualification data as well as Field and Level of Qualifications data for the residents for a clearer picture of the skills available in Ashburton District Council's workforce.


Derived from the Census question:

'Print the main subject of your highest qualification.'

Workforce field of qualifications
Ashburton District Council20182013Change
Highest qualification levelNumber%New Zealand %Number%New Zealand %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, environmental and related studies8164.91.47565.01.3+60
Architecture and building4352.62.84412.92.6-6
Creative arts1440.92.51471.02.2-3
Engineering and related technologies1,1767.17.51,0657.16.6+111
Food, hospitality and personal services3692.21.83872.61.8-18
Information technology930.61.6750.51.3+18
Management and commerce1,4078.59.79486.36.9+459
Natural and physical sciences2161.32.52101.42.0+6
Society and culture5583.46.54923.35.6+66
Field of study not given (Although level of attainment given)1,0506.310.03422.32.2+708
No post-school qualification8,26849.737.58,12154.147.0+147
Not stated / included5523.36.47955.312.5-243
Total people16,635100.0100.015,006100.0100.0+1,629
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 (Field of Qualification): Low
Stats NZ data quality rating (Workforce): Moderate
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 a reduction in the "Not stated/included" category in 2018, and users should use caution when comparing to earlier Census years.
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Dominant groups

Analysis of the field of qualifications of the workforce in Ashburton District Council shows that the three largest fields the population were qualified in were:

  • Management and commerce (1,407 people or 8.5%)
  • Engineering and related technologies (1,176 people or 7.1%)
  • Agriculture, environmental and related studies (816 people or 4.9%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 3,399 people in total or 20.4% of the workforce.

In comparison, New Zealand had 9.7% of the workforce who studied Management and commerce; 7.5% who studied Engineering and related technologies; and 1.4% who studied Agriculture, environmental and related studies.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the workforce in Ashburton District Council and New Zealand were:

  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of agriculture, environmental and related studies (4.9% compared to 1.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of society and culture (3.4% compared to 6.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of creative arts (0.9% compared to 2.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of management and commerce (8.5% compared to 9.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the workforce in Ashburton District Council between 2013 and 2018 were:

  • Management and commerce (+459 people)
  • Health (+168 people)
  • Education (+156 people)
  • Engineering and related technologies (+111 people)

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