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Whangarei District Council

Industry of workforce

In 2018, more of the workforce in Whangarei District Council was employed in health care and social assistance than any other industry.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Whangarei District Council regardless of where they live. By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see local specialist industries. By looking at how the number of jobs in each industry is changing over time, you can track how the structure of the local economy is changing.

When viewed in conjunction with Workforce Occupation, Workforce Level of Qualification and Workforce Field of Qualification, as well as the Industry of Employment of residents, this dataset can 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.'

Workforce industry sector of employment
Whangarei District Council20182013Change
Industry sectorNumber%New Zealand %Number%New Zealand %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, forestry and fishing2,6557.15.92,4848.26.5+171
Electricity, gas, water and waste services4321.20.73091.00.7+123
Wholesale trade1,2033.24.91,2003.94.8+3
Retail trade3,5319.49.03,20710.59.4+324
Accommodation and food services1,8995.16.51,5365.05.6+363
Transport, postal and warehousing1,5304.14.31,1133.74.1+417
Information media and telecommunications1980.51.63061.01.8-108
Financial and insurance services5701.52.77112.33.4-141
Rental, hiring and real estate services7201.92.08312.72.5-111
Professional, scientific and technical services2,7577.49.92,0526.78.4+705
Administrative and support services1,2783.44.68402.83.3+438
Public administration and safety2,2506.05.41,4434.74.9+807
Education and training3,0848.28.12,6798.88.0+405
Health care and social assistance5,37314.39.54,40714.59.6+966
Arts and recreation services5731.51.84831.61.8+90
Other services1,5784.23.91,2604.13.9+318
Not elsewhere included------3871.34.0--
Total people37,446100.0100.030,465100.0100.0+6,981
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:(Industries) High
Stats NZ data quality rating (Workplace): Medium

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.

Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the workforce in Whangarei District Council in 2018 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health care and social assistance (5,373 people or 14.3%)
  • Construction (3,882 people or 10.4%)
  • Manufacturing (3,849 people or 10.3%)

In combination these three industries employed 13,104 people in total or 35.0% of the workforce.

In comparison, New Zealand employed 9.5% in Health care and social assistance; 9.2% in Construction; and 9.8% in Manufacturing.

The major differences between the jobs held by the workforce in the Whangarei District Council and New Zealand were:

  • A larger percentage of people employed in health care and social assistance (14.3% compared to 9.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed in professional, scientific and technical services (7.4% compared to 9.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed in wholesale trade (3.2% compared to 4.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed in accommodation and food services (5.1% compared to 6.5%)

Emerging groups

The workforce in Whangarei District Council increased by 6,981 people between 2013 and 2018.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the workforce between 2013 and 2018 in Whangarei District Council were for those employed in:

  • Construction (+1,572 people)
  • Manufacturing (+999 people)
  • Health care and social assistance (+966 people)
  • Public administration and safety (+807 people)

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