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Greater Wellington Regional CouncilCommunity profile

Wellington Region

Occupation of workforce

In 2018, more of the workforce in Wellington Region were employed as professionals than any other occupation.

Occupation is a key component for evaluating the socio-economic status of the workforce and the skills required to work in each industry sector.

The occupations of the workforce in Wellington Region will be influenced by factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available in Wellington Region;
  • The age of the workforce;
  • The skill and qualification level of the workforce;
  • The economic role of the area – providing employment for people from elsewhere or mainly serving the local residents.

For a more complete workforce analysis for Wellington Region, view Occupations in conjunction with other indicators, such as Workforce Industries, Workforce Level of Qualification and Workforce Field of Qualification, as well as the Occupations of the residents.

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?'

Workforce occupation of employment
Wellington Region20182013Change
OccupationNumber%North Island %Number%North Island %2013 to 2018
Technicians and trades workers27,93010.111.620,1879.010.7+7,743
Community and personal service workers26,2209.59.519,1768.59.0+7,044
Clerical and administrative workers33,61812.111.230,16213.411.7+3,456
Sales workers23,6858.69.219,2308.58.6+4,455
Machinery operators and drivers10,4973.85.87,1163.24.6+3,381
Not stated / included--0.00.08,4783.83.3--
Total people276,717100.0100.0225,393100.0100.0+51,324
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 (Occupations): 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 no "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

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

  • Professionals (87,456 people or 31.6%)
  • Managers (47,031 people or 17.0%)
  • Clerical and administrative workers (33,618 people or 12.1%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 168,105 people in total or 60.7% of the workforce.

In comparison, North Island employed 24.1% in Professionals; 18.1% in Managers; and 11.2% in Clerical and administrative workers.

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

  • A larger percentage of people employed as professionals (31.6% compared to 24.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed as labourers (7.3% compared to 10.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed as machinery operators and drivers (3.8% compared to 5.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed as technicians and trades workers (10.1% compared to 11.6%)

Emerging groups

The workforce in Wellington Region increased by 51,324 people between 2013 and 2018.

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

  • Professionals (+20,691 people)
  • Technicians and trades workers (+7,743 people)
  • Managers (+7,365 people)
  • Community and personal service workers (+7,044 people)

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