svg rectangle color
Wellington CityCommunity profile

Wellington City

Qualifications of workforce

In 2018, 70.1% of the workforce in Wellington City had a tertiary qualification, compared to 61.7% in Wellington Region.

Qualification levels help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of workers in a particular industry.

The level of qualifications in a workforce relate to a number of factors including:

  • The age of the workforce;
  • The skill and qualification level required to work in an area;
  • The professional or working ambitions of people (to seek education as youth or retraining as adults);
  • The opportunities afforded to people to continue studying beyond compulsory schooling.

Educational Qualification statistics should be looked at in conjunction with Workforce Industries , Workforce Occupation and Workforce Field of Qualification data as well as information on the Level and Field of Qualification of residents for a full education analysis for Wellington City.


Derived from the Census questions:

'What is your highest secondary school qualification?', 'Apart from secondary school qualifications do you have another completed qualification?', and 'What is your highest qualification?'

Workforce highest qualification achieved
Wellington City20182013Change
Qualification levelNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2013 to 2018
Higher degree35,51125.917.822,46717.613.5+13,044
Bachelor degree35,62526.019.934,44627.022.1+1,179
Post school (excluding university)24,85818.123.924,05418.922.0+804
School qualification33,45024.426.237,59629.531.5-4,146
No qualification5,6104.18.07,0295.58.9-1,419
Not stated / included1,9531.44.11,8751.52.0+78
Total people137,007100.0100.0127,467100.0100.0+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 (Qualifications): Moderate
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 qualifications of the workforce in Wellington City in 2018 compared to Wellington Region shows that there was a higher proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Higher degrees, Bachelor degrees and Post School (excluding university) qualifications), and a lower proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 94.5% of the workforce held educational qualifications, and 4.1% had no qualifications, compared with 87.9% and 8.0% respectively for Wellington Region.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce in Wellington City and Wellington Region were:

  • A larger percentage of people with higher degrees (25.9% compared to 17.8%)
  • A larger percentage of people with bachelor degrees (26.0% compared to 19.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with post school qualifications (excluding university) (18.1% compared to 23.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with no qualification (4.1% compared to 8.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the workforce in Wellington City between 2013 and 2018 were:

  • Higher degree (+13,044 people)
  • School qualification (-4,146 people)
  • No qualification (-1,419 people)
  • Bachelor degree (+1,179 people)

DISCLAIMER: While all due care has been taken to ensure that the content of this website is accurate and current, there may be errors or omissions in it and no legal responsibility is accepted for the information and opinions in this website.

Please view our Privacy Policy, Terms of use and Legal notices. Stats NZ Data and the copyright in the Stats NZ Data remains the property of the Statistics New Zealand.

The copyright in the way .id has modified, transformed or reconfigured the Stats NZ Data as published on this website remains the property of .id. Stats NZ Data can be accessed on the Statistics New Zealand website at Unless otherwise specified, content that Stats NZ produce is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence. For further information see