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Wellington City

Unpaid work

In Wellington City 78.1% of the population over 15 did unpaid housework in the 4 weeks leading up to the 2018 census date.

There has been increased interest in identifying, acknowledging and valuing the unpaid work that supports home and community life. The changing amount of time spent on unpaid housework in different Household Types and, particularly the distribution of this work within the household, can indicate the changing roles of males, females and older children in society. The level of unpaid domestic work in Wellington City may also be related to Household Income, as higher income households are able to outsource some of these tasks.

Please note: Stats NZ has given Unpaid activities data for the 2018 Census a quality rating of "Poor". This indicates there may be some 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.

Q:

Derived from the Census question:

'In the last 4 weeks, which of these have you done without pay'

Multi-response

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.

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Unpaid activities
Wellington City20182013Change
Unpaid activities - multi-responseNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2013 to 2018
Household work etc132,62178.175.6129,25281.880.0+3,369
Looking after a child who is a household member39,74423.424.940,39525.627.7-651
Looking after ill or disabled household member8,5595.06.18,2505.26.4+309
Looking after a child who is not a household member17,49010.312.319,22112.214.3-1,731
Looking after ill or disabled other person10,8576.47.311,1727.18.2-315
Voluntary work through an organisation26,04015.314.524,75015.715.2+1,290
No activities14,3498.48.613,2068.48.8+1,143
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: Poor
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
Unpaid domestic work - Totals
Wellington City20182013Change
Unpaid activities - totals - multi-responseNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2013 to 2018
Not stated / included19,66811.613.812,3457.89.0+7,323
Total respondents150,20788.486.2145,64792.291.0+4,560
Total responses269,328158.5163.1258,591163.7169.5+10,737
Total population169,875100.0100.0157,992100.0100.0+11,883
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: Poor
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Dominant groups

Analysis of the unpaid activities in Wellington City in 2018 compared to Wellington Region shows that there was a higher proportion of people performing unpaid work in their own home and a higher proportion of people involved with unpaid activities outside of their home.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in Wellington City and Wellington Region were:

  • A larger percentage of people who performed household work etc (78.1% compared to 75.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people who looked after a child who is not a household member (10.3% compared to 12.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people who looked after a child who is a household member (23.4% compared to 24.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people who looked after ill or disabled household member (5.0% compared to 6.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid domestic work in Wellington City, between 2013 and 2018 were:

  • Household work etc (+3,369 people)
  • Looking after a child who is not a household member (-1,731 people)
  • Voluntary work through an organisation (+1,290 people)
  • No activities (+1,143 people)

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