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Dunedin City CouncilCommunity profile

Dunedin City

Occupation of employment

There were more professionals in Dunedin City than any other occupation in 2018.

Dunedin City'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 Dunedin City'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.

Please note: Stats NZ has given Occupation data for the 2018 Census a quality rating of "moderate". This indicates there may be some minor issues looking at the comparisons to 2013 and 2006. Users should avoid concluding that any change in the categories is purely due to real world change. See Stats NZ’s DataInfo+ for specific information on what this rating means and recommendations for use.


Derived from the Census questions:

'In the job that you worked the most hours in, what was your occupation?'

Occupation of employment
Dunedin City20182013Change
OccupationNumber%Otago Region %Number%Otago Region %2013 to 2018
Technicians and trades workers7,76112.213.26,39611.412.1+1,365
Community and personal service workers7,46111.710.75,95810.69.8+1,503
Clerical and administrative workers7,02911.09.86,33311.310.2+696
Sales workers6,39610.09.65,3559.69.0+1,041
Machinery operators and drivers3,1745.05.52,5114.55.0+663
Not stated / included------2,3614.24.3-2,361
Total employed population aged 15+63,831100.0100.056,016100.0100.0+7,815
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: Moderate
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 Stated / 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 Dunedin City in 2018 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Professionals (16,422 people or 25.7%)
  • Managers (8,730 people or 13.7%)
  • Technicians and trades workers (7,761 people or 12.2%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 32,913 people in total or 51.6% of the employed resident population.

In comparison, Otago Region employed 20.2% in Professionals; 17.7% in Managers; and 13.2% in Technicians and trades workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the population of Dunedin City and Otago Region were:

  • A larger percentage of persons employed as Professionals (25.7% compared to 20.2%)
  • A larger percentage of persons employed as Clerical and administrative workers (11.0% compared to 9.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Managers (13.7% compared to 17.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Labourers (10.7% compared to 13.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Dunedin City increased by 7,815 between 2013 and 2018.

The largest changes in the occupations of residents between 2013 and 2018 in Dunedin City were for those employed as:

  • Professionals (+3,024 persons)
  • Community and personal service workers (+1,503 persons)
  • Technicians and trades workers (+1,365 persons)
  • Labourers (+1,086 persons)

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