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Far North District

Field of qualifications of workforce

In Far North District, 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 Far North District's workforce.


Derived from the Census question:

'Print the main subject of your highest qualification.'

Workforce field of qualifications
Far North District20182013Change
Highest qualification levelNumber%Northland Region %Number%Northland Region %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, environmental and related studies6122.62.15222.72.6+90
Architecture and building6542.82.96093.13.2+45
Creative arts3661.61.53751.91.8-9
Engineering and related technologies1,4316.26.81,4437.48.8-12
Food, hospitality and personal services4441.91.84562.32.2-12
Information technology1350.60.71440.70.9-9
Management and commerce1,4556.36.11,2186.26.5+237
Natural and physical sciences4081.81.63391.71.8+69
Society and culture1,3175.74.81,2006.15.5+117
Field of study not given (Although level of attainment given)2,55011.013.35402.82.6+2,010
No post-school qualification10,00843.240.39,29447.646.6+714
Not stated / included1,1404.96.91,1255.85.2+15
Total people23,175100.0100.019,515100.0100.0+3,660
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 Far North District shows that the three largest fields the population were qualified in were:

  • Management and commerce (1,455 people or 6.3%)
  • Engineering and related technologies (1,431 people or 6.2%)
  • Education (1,359 people or 5.9%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 4,245 people in total or 18.3% of the workforce.

In comparison, Northland Region had 6.1% of the workforce who studied Management and commerce; 6.8% who studied Engineering and related technologies; and 4.9% who studied Education.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the workforce in Far North District and Northland Region were:

  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of education (5.9% compared to 4.9%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of society and culture (5.7% compared to 4.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of engineering and related technologies (6.2% compared to 6.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of health (5.6% compared to 6.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Education (+264 people)
  • Management and commerce (+237 people)
  • Health (+141 people)
  • Society and culture (+117 people)

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