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Masterton DistrictCommunity profile

Masterton District

Industry of workforce

In 2018, more of the workforce in Masterton District was employed in health care and social assistance than any other industry.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Masterton District 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
Masterton District20182013Change
Industry sectorNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, forestry and fishing1,34112.21.71,14911.72.7+192
Electricity, gas, water and waste services1321.20.9570.60.8+75
Wholesale trade3363.13.23453.53.3-9
Retail trade1,16410.68.11,32013.49.1-156
Accommodation and food services5915.46.56126.25.7-21
Transport, postal and warehousing2312.13.52372.43.3-6
Information media and telecommunications1081.02.71171.23.0-9
Financial and insurance services2101.94.12222.35.5-12
Rental, hiring and real estate services1891.71.62132.22.1-24
Professional, scientific and technical services7807.113.45195.312.7+261
Administrative and support services3453.14.41982.03.1+147
Public administration and safety4774.313.03843.911.9+93
Education and training9939.08.39549.79.0+39
Health care and social assistance1,57814.49.31,41614.49.5+162
Arts and recreation services1591.42.21711.72.4-12
Other services5284.83.84684.84.1+60
Not elsewhere included------1321.31.0--
Total people10,986100.0100.09,831100.0100.0+1,155
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 Masterton District in 2018 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health care and social assistance (1,578 people or 14.4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing (1,341 people or 12.2%)
  • Retail trade (1,164 people or 10.6%)

In combination these three industries employed 4,083 people in total or 37.2% of the workforce.

In comparison, Wellington Region employed 9.3% in Health care and social assistance; 1.7% in Agriculture, forestry and fishing; and 8.1% in Retail trade.

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

  • A larger percentage of people employed in agriculture, forestry and fishing (12.2% compared to 1.7%)
  • A larger percentage of people employed in health care and social assistance (14.4% compared to 9.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed in public administration and safety (4.3% compared to 13.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed in professional, scientific and technical services (7.1% compared to 13.4%)

Emerging groups

The workforce in Masterton District increased by 1,155 people between 2013 and 2018.

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

  • Construction (+315 people)
  • Professional, scientific and technical services (+261 people)
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing (+192 people)
  • Manufacturing (+189 people)

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