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Greater Wellington Regional CouncilCommunity profile

Wellington Region

Field of qualifications of workforce

In the Wellington Region, 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 Wellington Region's workforce.


Derived from the Census question:

'Print the main subject of your highest qualification.'

Workforce field of qualifications
Wellington Region20182013Change
Highest qualification levelNumber%North Island %Number%North Island %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, environmental and related studies2,3970.91.22,6551.22.3-258
Architecture and building7,9022.92.66,8913.13.1+1,011
Creative arts11,5144.22.79,3634.22.4+2,151
Engineering and related technologies18,7116.87.416,5877.48.6+2,124
Food, hospitality and personal services4,6561.71.75,0402.22.4-384
Information technology7,6262.81.76,6873.01.6+939
Management and commerce30,61511.110.224,69611.08.1+5,919
Natural and physical sciences9,1233.32.57,7373.42.5+1,386
Society and culture30,01210.86.626,60411.87.2+3,408
Field of study not given (Although level of attainment given)21,8527.910.75,3312.42.6+16,521
No post-school qualification92,37633.436.383,40937.043.7+8,967
Not stated / included13,1854.86.78,7573.94.7+4,428
Total people276,723100.0100.0225,381100.0100.0+51,342
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 the Wellington Region shows that the three largest fields the population were qualified in were:

  • Management and commerce (30,615 people or 11.1%)
  • Society and culture (30,012 people or 10.8%)
  • Engineering and related technologies (18,711 people or 6.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 79,338 people in total or 28.7% of the workforce.

In comparison, North Island had 10.2% of the workforce who studied Management and commerce; 6.6% who studied Society and culture; and 7.4% who studied Engineering and related technologies.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the workforce in the Wellington Region and North Island were:

  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of society and culture (10.8% compared to 6.6%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of creative arts (4.2% compared to 2.7%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of information technology (2.8% compared to 1.7%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of management and commerce (11.1% compared to 10.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the workforce in the Wellington Region between 2013 and 2018 were:

  • Management and commerce (+5,919 people)
  • Society and culture (+3,408 people)
  • Education (+2,622 people)
  • Health (+2,508 people)

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