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Wellington Region

Industry of workforce

In 2018, more of the workforce in Wellington Region was employed in professional, scientific and technical services than any other industry.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the Wellington Region regardless of where they live. By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see local specialist industries. By looking at how the number of jobs in each industry is changing over time, you can track how the structure of the local economy is changing.

When viewed in conjunction with Workforce Occupation, Workforce Level of Qualification and Workforce Field of Qualification, as well as the Industry of Employment of residents, this dataset can 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.'

Workforce industry sector of employment
Wellington Region20182013Change
Industry sectorNumber%North Island %Number%North Island %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, forestry and fishing4,6711.75.06,0212.79.4-1,350
Electricity, gas, water and waste services2,4510.90.71,8270.81.0+624
Wholesale trade8,7423.25.17,5423.33.6+1,200
Retail trade22,4948.18.820,4189.110.0+2,076
Accommodation and food services18,1176.56.312,9005.76.1+5,217
Transport, postal and warehousing9,7473.54.37,5393.33.3+2,208
Information media and telecommunications7,4282.71.86,6573.01.4+771
Financial and insurance services11,4574.12.912,3515.52.9-894
Rental, hiring and real estate services4,3771.62.04,7042.12.4-327
Professional, scientific and technical services37,15813.410.628,70112.77.8+8,457
Administrative and support services12,0754.44.77,0413.12.8+5,034
Public administration and safety36,04213.05.826,87411.96.6+9,168
Education and training22,9538.38.320,3709.09.1+2,583
Health care and social assistance25,8579.39.521,3519.510.5+4,506
Arts and recreation services6,0662.21.85,3582.42.0+708
Other services10,6473.83.99,2764.14.1+1,371
Not elsewhere included------2,3581.01.3--
Total people276,723100.0100.0225,390100.0100.0+51,333
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:(Industries) High
Stats NZ data quality rating (Workplace): Medium

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.

Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the workforce in Wellington Region in 2018 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Professional, scientific and technical services (37,158 people or 13.4%)
  • Public administration and safety (36,042 people or 13.0%)
  • Health care and social assistance (25,857 people or 9.3%)

In combination these three industries employed 99,057 people in total or 35.8% of the workforce.

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 workforce in the Wellington Region and North Island were:

  • A larger percentage of people employed in public administration and safety (13.0% compared to 5.8%)
  • A larger percentage of people employed in professional, scientific and technical services (13.4% compared to 10.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed in manufacturing (5.3% compared to 9.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed in agriculture, forestry and fishing (1.7% compared to 5.0%)

Emerging groups

The workforce in Wellington Region increased by 51,333 people between 2013 and 2018.

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

  • Construction (+9,765 people)
  • Public administration and safety (+9,168 people)
  • Professional, scientific and technical services (+8,457 people)
  • Accommodation and food services (+5,217 people)

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