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Far North District

Qualifications of workforce

In 2018, 51.5% of the workforce in Far North District had a tertiary qualification, compared to 52.5% in Northland Region.

Qualification levels help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of workers in a particular industry.

The level of qualifications in a workforce relate to a number of factors including:

  • The age of the workforce;
  • The skill and qualification level required to work in an area;
  • The professional or working ambitions of people (to seek education as youth or retraining as adults);
  • The opportunities afforded to people to continue studying beyond compulsory schooling.

Educational Qualification statistics should be looked at in conjunction with Workforce Industries , Workforce Occupation and Workforce Field of Qualification data as well as information on the Level and Field of Qualification of residents for a full education analysis for Far North District.


Derived from the Census questions:

'What is your highest secondary school qualification?', 'Apart from secondary school qualifications do you have another completed qualification?', and 'What is your highest qualification?'

Workforce highest qualification achieved
Far North District20182006Change
Qualification levelNumber%Northland Region %Number%Northland Region %2006 to 2018
Higher degree1,7797.77.46663.73.6+1,113
Bachelor degree2,65511.511.51,6299.09.3+1,026
Post school (excluding university)7,50932.433.64,07122.524.0+3,438
School qualification6,66028.727.19125.04.9+5,748
No qualification3,60315.514.39,34851.650.9-5,745
Not stated / included9694.26.21,4768.27.4-507
Total people23,175100.0100.018,102100.0100.0+5,073
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2018. Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating (Qualifications): Moderate
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 qualifications of the workforce in Far North District in 2018 compared to Northland Region shows that there was a higher proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Higher degrees, Bachelor degrees and Post School (excluding university) qualifications), as well as a higher proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 80.3% of the workforce held educational qualifications, and 15.5% had no qualifications, compared with 79.6% and 14.3% respectively for Northland Region.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with school qualifications (28.7% compared to 27.1%)
  • A larger percentage of people with no qualification (15.5% compared to 14.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with post school qualifications (excluding university) (32.4% compared to 33.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the workforce in Far North District between 2006 and 2018 were:

  • School qualification (+5,748 people)
  • No qualification (-5,745 people)
  • Post school (excluding university) (+3,438 people)
  • Higher degree (+1,113 people)

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