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Dunedin City

Unpaid work

In Dunedin City 75.1% of the population over 15 did unpaid housework in the 4 weeks leading up to the 2018 census date.

There has been increased interest in identifying, acknowledging and valuing the unpaid work that supports home and community life. The changing amount of time spent on unpaid housework in different Household Types and, particularly the distribution of this work within the household, can indicate the changing roles of males, females and older children in society. The level of unpaid domestic work in Dunedin City may also be related to Household Income, as higher income households are able to outsource some of these tasks.

Please note: Stats NZ has given Unpaid activities data for the 2018 Census a quality rating of "Poor". This indicates there may be some 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.

Q:

Derived from the Census question:

'In the last 4 weeks, which of these have you done without pay'

Multi-response

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Unpaid activities
Dunedin City20182013Change
Unpaid activities - multi-responseNumber% of total populationCaversham %Number% of total populationCaversham %2013 to 2018
Household work etc79,87575.163.278,66378.065.8+1,212
Looking after a child who is a household member23,00121.616.223,91323.719.0-912
Looking after ill or disabled household member6,2495.96.06,3126.36.8-63
Looking after a child who is not a household member13,13712.412.013,98013.913.0-843
Looking after ill or disabled other person8,2417.78.58,5778.58.6-336
Voluntary work through an organisation16,05915.111.615,24315.112.2+816
No activities10,86310.215.710,67410.615.1+189
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: Poor
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
Unpaid domestic work - Totals
Dunedin City20182013Change
Unpaid activities - totals - multi-responseNumber% of total populationCaversham %Number% of total populationCaversham %2013 to 2018
Not stated / included13,24812.518.59,2049.116.9+4,044
Total respondents93,09387.581.591,62090.983.1+1,473
Total responses170,673160.5151.6166,566165.2157.2+4,107
Total population106,341100.0100.0100,824100.0100.0+5,517
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: Poor
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Dominant groups

Analysis of the unpaid activities in Dunedin City in 2018 compared to Caversham shows that there was a higher proportion of people performing unpaid work in their own home and a higher proportion of people involved with unpaid activities outside of their home.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in Dunedin City and Caversham were:

  • A larger percentage of people who performed household work etc (75.1% compared to 63.2%)
  • A larger percentage of people who looked after a child who is a household member (21.6% compared to 16.2%)
  • A larger percentage of people who were involved in voluntary work through an organisation (15.1% compared to 11.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with no activities (10.2% compared to 15.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid domestic work in Dunedin City, between 2013 and 2018 were:

  • Household work etc (+1,212 people)
  • Looking after a child who is a household member (-912 people)
  • Looking after a child who is not a household member (-843 people)
  • Voluntary work through an organisation (+816 people)

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