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Greater Wellington Regional CouncilCommunity profile

Wellington Region

Qualifications of workforce

In 2018, 61.7% of the workforce in the Wellington Region had a tertiary qualification, compared to 56.8% in North Island.

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 Wellington Region.


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
Wellington Region20182013Change
Qualification levelNumber%North Island %Number%North Island %2013 to 2018
Higher degree49,39217.812.428,57213.58.9+20,820
Bachelor degree55,08319.917.546,73722.118.6+8,346
Post school (excluding university)66,16223.926.946,47622.024.1+19,686
School qualification72,49826.226.866,48631.533.7+6,012
No qualification22,1498.010.318,7748.912.1+3,375
Not stated / included11,4274.16.14,1372.02.7+7,290
Total people276,711100.0100.0211,182100.0100.0+65,529
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 (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 the Wellington Region in 2018 compared to North Island shows that there was a higher proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Higher degrees, Bachelor degrees and Post School (excluding university) qualifications), and a lower proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 87.9% of the workforce held educational qualifications, and 8.0% had no qualifications, compared with 83.6% and 10.3% respectively for North Island.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce in the Wellington Region and North Island were:

  • A larger percentage of people with higher degrees (17.8% compared to 12.4%)
  • A larger percentage of people with bachelor degrees (19.9% compared to 17.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with post school qualifications (excluding university) (23.9% compared to 26.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with no qualification (8.0% compared to 10.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the workforce in the Wellington Region between 2013 and 2018 were:

  • Higher degree (+20,820 people)
  • Post school (excluding university) (+19,686 people)
  • Bachelor degree (+8,346 people)
  • School qualification (+6,012 people)

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