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Wellington Region

Occupation of employment

There were more professionals in the Wellington Region than any other occupation in 2018.

the Wellington Region's occupation statistics quantify the occupations in which the residents work (which may be within the residing area or elsewhere). This will be influenced by the economic base and employment opportunities available in the area, education levels, and the working and social aspirations of the population. When viewed with other indicators, such as Educational Qualifications and Individual Income, Occupation is a key measure for evaluating the Wellington Region's socio-economic status and skill base. The occupations held by a workforce are linked to a range of factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available in the area;
  • The educational qualification levels of the population; and
  • The working and social aspirations of the population.

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


Derived from the Census questions:

'In the job that you worked the most hours in, what was your occupation?'

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.

Occupation of employment
Wellington Region20182013Change
OccupationNumber%North Island %Number%North Island %2013 to 2018
Technicians and trades workers27,85510.111.622,7079.610.9+5,148
Community and personal service workers26,1099.59.520,1968.68.5+5,913
Clerical and administrative workers33,44712.111.130,28212.911.7+3,165
Sales workers23,7758.69.219,8638.48.9+3,912
Machinery operators and drivers10,4583.85.97,9713.44.9+2,487
Not stated / included------12,2885.25.2-12,288
Total employed population aged 15+275,799100.0100.0235,599100.0100.0+40,200
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: Moderate
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 Stated / 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 occupations were:

  • Professionals (87,135 people or 31.6%)
  • Managers (46,719 people or 16.9%)
  • Clerical and administrative workers (33,447 people or 12.1%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 167,301 people in total or 60.7% of the employed resident population.

In comparison, North Island employed 24.1% in Professionals; 18.1% in Managers; and 11.1% in Clerical and administrative workers.

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

  • A larger percentage of persons employed as Professionals (31.6% compared to 24.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Labourers (7.4% compared to 10.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Machinery operators and drivers (3.8% compared to 5.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Technicians and trades workers (10.1% compared to 11.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Wellington Region increased by 40,200 between 2013 and 2018.

The largest changes in the occupations of residents between 2013 and 2018 in the Wellington Region were for those employed as:

  • Professionals (+19,824 persons)
  • Managers (+7,455 persons)
  • Community and personal service workers (+5,913 persons)
  • Technicians and trades workers (+5,148 persons)

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