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Wellington CityCommunity profile

Wellington City

Industry sector of employment

More Wellington City residents worked in professional, scientific and technical services in 2018 than any other industry.

Wellington City’s industry statistics identify the industry sectors in which the residents work (which may be within the residing area or elsewhere). This will be influenced by the skill base and socio-economic status of the residents as well as the industries and employment opportunities present in the region.

When viewed in conjunction with Residents Place of Work data and Method of Travel to Work, industry sector statistics 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.'

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.

Industry sector of employment
Wellington City20182013Change
Industry sectorNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, forestry and fishing5070.41.73330.31.8+174
Electricity, gas, water and waste services1,0140.80.98130.80.8+201
Wholesale trade3,2042.63.22,8922.73.4+312
Retail trade8,6857.28.28,0377.68.7+648
Accommodation and food services9,5677.96.66,9876.65.6+2,580
Transport, postal and warehousing3,7083.13.53,1923.03.6+516
Information media and telecommunications4,7193.92.74,3114.12.9+408
Financial and insurance services5,9674.94.16,7776.45.3-810
Rental, hiring and real estate services1,8001.51.62,0792.01.9-279
Professional, scientific and technical services20,64317.013.417,13616.312.3+3,507
Administrative and support services5,0794.24.43,5553.43.5+1,524
Public administration and safety18,45615.212.914,21713.511.5+4,239
Education and training10,2878.58.39,0908.68.6+1,197
Health care and social assistance10,2008.49.49,0038.69.3+1,197
Arts and recreation services3,4442.82.23,0632.92.3+381
Other services4,2963.53.83,8883.73.9+408
Not elsewhere included------2,5232.43.1--
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: High
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 elsewhere 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 Wellington City in 2018 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Professional, scientific and technical services (20,643 people or 17.0%)
  • Public administration and safety (18,456 people or 15.2%)
  • Education and training (10,287 people or 8.5%)

In combination these three industries employed 49,386 people in total or 40.8% of the employed resident population.

In comparison, Wellington Region employed 13.4% in Professional, scientific and technical services; 12.9% in Public administration and safety; and 8.3% in Education and training.

The major differences between the jobs held by the population of Wellington City and Wellington Region were:

  • A larger percentage of persons employed in professional, scientific and technical services (17.0% compared to 13.4%)
  • A larger percentage of persons employed in public administration and safety (15.2% compared to 12.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in construction (4.7% compared to 7.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in manufacturing (3.1% compared to 5.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Wellington City increased by 15,942 between 2013 and 2018.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the resident population between 2013 and 2018 in Wellington City were for those employed in:

  • Public administration and safety (+4,239 persons)
  • Professional, scientific and technical services (+3,507 persons)
  • Accommodation and food services (+2,580 persons)
  • Administrative and support services (+1,524 persons)

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