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Dunedin City

Field of qualifications of workforce

In Dunedin City, there were more people in the workforce with a Society and culture 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 Dunedin City's workforce.


Derived from the Census question:

'Print the main subject of your highest qualification.'

Workforce field of qualifications
Dunedin City20182013Change
Highest qualification levelNumber%Otago Region %Number%Otago Region %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, environmental and related studies7261.21.96721.42.2+54
Architecture and building1,9083.33.71,8033.64.1+105
Creative arts1,7973.12.61,4402.92.6+357
Engineering and related technologies4,1287.16.63,7207.57.6+408
Food, hospitality and personal services1,3232.32.31,2992.63.0+24
Information technology9241.61.07681.51.1+156
Management and commerce5,0348.78.43,8317.77.6+1,203
Natural and physical sciences2,8054.83.22,2864.63.4+519
Society and culture5,1518.96.84,4408.97.5+711
Field of study not given (Although level of attainment given)3,1295.48.41,3022.62.7+1,827
No post-school qualification21,66937.337.719,80039.842.6+1,869
Not stated / included1,2452.16.41,8063.64.1-561
Total people58,089100.0100.049,713100.0100.0+8,376
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 Dunedin City shows that the three largest fields the population were qualified in were:

  • Society and culture (5,151 people or 8.9%)
  • Management and commerce (5,034 people or 8.7%)
  • Health (5,031 people or 8.7%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 15,216 people in total or 26.2% of the workforce.

In comparison, Otago Region had 6.8% of the workforce who studied Society and culture; 8.4% who studied Management and commerce; and 6.4% who studied Health.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the workforce in Dunedin City and Otago Region were:

  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of health (8.7% compared to 6.4%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of society and culture (8.9% compared to 6.8%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of natural and physical sciences (4.8% compared to 3.2%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of education (5.5% compared to 4.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the workforce in Dunedin City between 2013 and 2018 were:

  • Management and commerce (+1,203 people)
  • Health (+1,032 people)
  • Society and culture (+711 people)
  • Education (+672 people)

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