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Ruapehu District

Occupation of employment

There were more managers in Ruapehu District than any other occupation in 2018.

Ruapehu District's occupation statistics quantify the occupations in which the residents work (which may be within the residing area or elsewhere). This will be influenced by the economic base and employment opportunities available in the area, education levels, and the working and social aspirations of the population. When viewed with other indicators, such as Educational Qualifications and Individual Income, Occupation is a key measure for evaluating Ruapehu District's socio-economic status and skill base. The occupations held by a workforce are linked to a range of factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available in the area;
  • The educational qualification levels of the population; and
  • The working and social aspirations of the population.

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?'

Note: This page includes data from the 2018 Census. Between 2013 and 2018, the geographical classification was changed, and with it many boundaries were altered. As a result, you may see different small area options when comparing to pages that do not yet show 2018 data. Learn more.

Occupation of employment
Ruapehu District20182013Change
OccupationNumber%Manawatu-Wanganui Region %Number%Manawatu-Wanganui Region %2013 to 2018
Technicians and trades workers69611.311.957310.411.3+123
Community and personal service workers85213.912.165111.810.6+201
Clerical and administrative workers5438.810.54087.410.5+135
Sales workers3605.98.83005.48.5+60
Machinery operators and drivers4266.96.33306.05.6+96
Not stated / included------3907.15.7-390
Total employed population aged 15+6,144100.0100.05,523100.0100.0+621
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: Moderate
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

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.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the resident population in Ruapehu District in 2018 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Managers (1,368 people or 22.3%)
  • Labourers (1,146 people or 18.7%)
  • Community and personal service workers (852 people or 13.9%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 3,366 people in total or 54.8% of the employed resident population.

In comparison, Manawatu-Wanganui Region employed 17.1% in Managers; 14.5% in Labourers; and 12.1% in Community and personal service workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the population of Ruapehu District and Manawatu-Wanganui Region were:

  • A larger percentage of persons employed as Managers (22.3% compared to 17.1%)
  • A larger percentage of persons employed as Labourers (18.7% compared to 14.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Professionals (12.3% compared to 18.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Sales workers (5.9% compared to 8.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Ruapehu District increased by 621 between 2013 and 2018.

The largest changes in the occupations of residents between 2013 and 2018 in Ruapehu District were for those employed as:

  • Community and personal service workers (+201 persons)
  • Labourers (+165 persons)
  • Managers (+153 persons)
  • Clerical and administrative workers (+135 persons)

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