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Wellington CityCommunity profile

Wellington City

Field of qualifications of workforce

In Wellington City, there were more people in the workforce with a Society and culture 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 Wellington City's workforce.


Derived from the Census question:

'Print the main subject of your highest qualification.'

Workforce field of qualifications
Wellington City20182013Change
Highest qualification levelNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, environmental and related studies8970.70.99750.81.2-78
Architecture and building3,5912.62.93,4202.73.1+171
Creative arts8,3676.14.27,0295.54.2+1,338
Engineering and related technologies9,5977.06.88,3226.57.4+1,275
Food, hospitality and personal services2,0611.51.72,4721.92.2-411
Information technology5,6854.12.85,2624.13.0+423
Management and commerce20,54715.011.117,76913.911.0+2,778
Natural and physical sciences6,1984.53.35,2534.13.4+945
Society and culture21,60315.810.820,01915.711.8+1,584
Field of study not given (Although level of attainment given)4,8783.67.92,7992.22.4+2,079
No post-school qualification38,29528.033.439,40530.937.0-1,110
Not stated / included2,4961.84.84,1673.33.9-1,671
Total people137,004100.0100.0127,464100.0100.0+9,540
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 Wellington City shows that the three largest fields the population were qualified in were:

  • Society and culture (21,603 people or 15.8%)
  • Management and commerce (20,547 people or 15.0%)
  • Engineering and related technologies (9,597 people or 7.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 51,747 people in total or 37.8% of the workforce.

In comparison, Wellington Region had 10.8% of the workforce who studied Society and culture; 11.1% who studied Management and commerce; and 6.8% who studied Engineering and related technologies.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the workforce in Wellington City and Wellington Region were:

  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of society and culture (15.8% compared to 10.8%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of management and commerce (15.0% compared to 11.1%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of creative arts (6.1% compared to 4.2%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of information technology (4.1% compared to 2.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the workforce in Wellington City between 2013 and 2018 were:

  • Management and commerce (+2,778 people)
  • Society and culture (+1,584 people)
  • Creative arts (+1,338 people)
  • Engineering and related technologies (+1,275 people)

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