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Kāpiti Coast DistrictCommunity profile

Kāpiti Coast District

Occupation of workforce

In 2018, more of the workforce in Kāpiti Coast District 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 Kāpiti Coast District will be influenced by factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available in Kāpiti Coast District;
  • 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 Kāpiti Coast District, 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
Kāpiti Coast District20182006Change
OccupationNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2006 to 2018
Technicians and trades workers2,21713.210.11,43412.09.6+783
Community and personal service workers2,00411.99.51,22410.37.7+780
Clerical and administrative workers1,72210.212.11,47912.415.3+243
Sales workers1,87811.28.61,52112.89.2+357
Machinery operators and drivers6994.23.83603.03.5+339
Not stated / included--0.00.02882.42.6--
Total people16,803100.0100.011,901100.0100.0+4,902
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 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 Kāpiti Coast District in 2018 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Professionals (3,891 people or 23.2%)
  • Managers (2,844 people or 16.9%)
  • Technicians and trades workers (2,217 people or 13.2%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 8,952 people in total or 53.3% of the workforce.

In comparison, Wellington Region employed 31.6% in Professionals; 17.0% in Managers; and 10.1% in Technicians and trades workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the workforce in Kāpiti Coast District and Wellington Region were:

  • A larger percentage of people employed as technicians and trades workers (13.2% compared to 10.1%)
  • A larger percentage of people employed as sales workers (11.2% compared to 8.6%)
  • A larger percentage of people employed as community and personal service workers (11.9% compared to 9.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed as professionals (23.2% compared to 31.6%)

Emerging groups

The workforce in Kāpiti Coast District increased by 4,902 people between 2006 and 2018.

The largest changes in occupations for the workforce between 2006 and 2018 in Kāpiti Coast District were for those employed as:

  • Professionals (+1,542 people)
  • Technicians and trades workers (+783 people)
  • Community and personal service workers (+780 people)
  • Managers (+765 people)

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