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Ruapehu District CouncilCommunity profile

Ruapehu District

Field of qualifications of workforce

In Ruapehu District, there were more people in the workforce with a Management and commerce qualification than any other field of qualification in 2018.

Field of Qualification presents the primary field of study for the highest qualification the person has received. Field of study for lower level qualifications are not collected.

Fields of study relate to the type of work and types of industries in the area, but may also indicate people working in areas which don’t match their training. As with other workforce related topics, field of study helps to build up a picture of the economic and employment role of an area, as distinct from its residential role.

Field of Qualification information should be looked at in conjunction with Workforce Industries , Workforce Occupation and Workforce Level of Qualification data as well as Field and Level of Qualifications data for the residents for a clearer picture of the skills available in Ruapehu District's workforce.


Derived from the Census question:

'Print the main subject of your highest qualification.'

Workforce field of qualifications
Ruapehu District20182013Change
Highest qualification levelNumber%Manawatu-Wanganui Region %Number%Manawatu-Wanganui Region %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, environmental and related studies1893.62.11923.72.7-3
Architecture and building1502.82.51502.92.80
Creative arts631.21.7721.41.7-9
Engineering and related technologies3246.16.63727.28.3-48
Food, hospitality and personal services1112.12.01172.22.5-6
Information technology390.71.0480.91.0-9
Management and commerce3366.36.82645.16.4+72
Natural and physical sciences631.22.1751.42.4-12
Society and culture2614.95.52765.35.5-15
Field of study not given (Although level of attainment given)4598.610.11322.52.6+327
No post-school qualification2,60149.042.82,70952.148.2-108
Not stated / included2284.35.33336.44.9-105
Total people5,310100.0100.05,202100.0100.0+108
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 (Field of Qualification): Low
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 field of qualifications of the workforce in Ruapehu District shows that the three largest fields the population were qualified in were:

  • Management and commerce (336 people or 6.3%)
  • Engineering and related technologies (324 people or 6.1%)
  • Education (264 people or 5.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 924 people in total or 17.4% of the workforce.

In comparison, Manawatu-Wanganui Region had 6.8% of the workforce who studied Management and commerce; 6.6% who studied Engineering and related technologies; and 5.0% who studied Education.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the workforce in Ruapehu District and Manawatu-Wanganui Region were:

  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of agriculture, environmental and related studies (3.6% compared to 2.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of health (4.2% compared to 6.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of natural and physical sciences (1.2% compared to 2.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of society and culture (4.9% compared to 5.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the workforce in Ruapehu District between 2013 and 2018 were:

  • Management and commerce (+72 people)
  • Engineering and related technologies (-48 people)
  • Education (+15 people)
  • Society and culture (-15 people)

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