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Wellington Region

Industry sector of employment

More Wellington Region residents worked in professional, scientific and technical services in 2018 than any other industry.

the Wellington Region’s industry statistics identify the industry sectors in which the residents work (which may be within the residing area or elsewhere). This will be influenced by the skill base and socio-economic status of the residents as well as the industries and employment opportunities present in the region.

When viewed in conjunction with Residents Place of Work data and Method of Travel to Work, industry sector statistics provide insights into the relationship between the economic and residential role of the area.


Derived from the Census question:

'What is the main activity of (your) business or employer.'

Note: This page includes data from the 2018 Census. Between 2013 and 2018, the geographical classification was changed, and with it many boundaries were altered. As a result, you may see different small area options when comparing to pages that do not yet show 2018 data. Learn more.

Industry sector of employment
Wellington Region20182013Change
Industry sectorNumber%North Island %Number%North Island %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, forestry and fishing4,7071.75.04,2511.85.5+456
Electricity, gas, water and waste services2,4480.90.71,8870.80.7+561
Wholesale trade8,7843.25.08,0133.45.1+771
Retail trade22,4948.28.820,4098.79.3+2,085
Accommodation and food services18,1506.66.313,2395.65.4+4,911
Transport, postal and warehousing9,6963.54.38,4663.64.0+1,230
Information media and telecommunications7,4012.71.86,8342.92.0+567
Financial and insurance services11,4034.12.912,4235.33.8-1,020
Rental, hiring and real estate services4,3741.62.04,5541.92.5-180
Professional, scientific and technical services37,01413.410.628,88412.39.0+8,130
Administrative and support services12,0634.44.78,1513.53.5+3,912
Public administration and safety35,53512.95.827,10211.55.3+8,433
Education and training22,9208.38.320,2268.68.2+2,694
Health care and social assistance25,7949.49.521,8859.39.6+3,909
Arts and recreation services6,0392.21.85,4392.31.8+600
Other services10,6023.83.99,2523.93.9+1,350
Not elsewhere included------7,2273.14.1--
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: High
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 elsewhere 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 Wellington Region in 2018 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Professional, scientific and technical services (37,014 people or 13.4%)
  • Public administration and safety (35,535 people or 12.9%)
  • Health care and social assistance (25,794 people or 9.4%)

In combination these three industries employed 98,343 people in total or 35.7% of the employed resident population.

In comparison, North Island employed 10.6% in Professional, scientific and technical services; 5.8% in Public administration and safety; and 9.5% in Health care and social assistance.

The major differences between the jobs held by the population of the Wellington Region and North Island were:

  • A larger percentage of persons employed in public administration and safety (12.9% compared to 5.8%)
  • A larger percentage of persons employed in professional, scientific and technical services (13.4% compared to 10.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in manufacturing (5.3% compared to 9.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in agriculture, forestry and fishing (1.7% compared to 5.0%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Wellington Region increased by 40,191 between 2013 and 2018.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the resident population between 2013 and 2018 in the Wellington Region were for those employed in:

  • Public administration and safety (+8,433 persons)
  • Professional, scientific and technical services (+8,130 persons)
  • Construction (+6,285 persons)
  • Accommodation and food services (+4,911 persons)

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