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Whangarei District Council

Occupation of workforce

In 2018, more of the workforce in Whangarei District Council were employed as professionals than any other occupation.

Occupation is a key component for evaluating the socio-economic status of the workforce and the skills required to work in each industry sector.

The occupations of the workforce in Whangarei District Council will be influenced by factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available in Whangarei District Council;
  • The age of the workforce;
  • The skill and qualification level of the workforce;
  • The economic role of the area – providing employment for people from elsewhere or mainly serving the local residents.

For a more complete workforce analysis for Whangarei District Council, view Occupations in conjunction with other indicators, such as Workforce Industries, Workforce Level of Qualification and Workforce Field of Qualification, as well as the Occupations of the residents.

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


Derived from the Census questions:

'In the job that you worked the most hours in, what was your occupation?'

Workforce occupation of employment
Whangarei District Council20182013Change
OccupationNumber%New Zealand %Number%New Zealand %2013 to 2018
Technicians and trades workers5,15413.812.13,69912.111.4+1,455
Community and personal service workers3,80410.29.52,8719.48.5+933
Clerical and administrative workers4,10111.010.93,63611.911.4+465
Sales workers3,1418.49.22,7399.08.8+402
Machinery operators and drivers2,4246.56.01,5725.25.2+852
Not stated / included--0.00.08342.75.0--
Total people37,443100.0100.030,474100.0100.0+6,969
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 (Occupations): 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 no "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

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

  • Professionals (8,208 people or 21.9%)
  • Managers (6,471 people or 17.3%)
  • Technicians and trades workers (5,154 people or 13.8%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 19,833 people in total or 53.0% of the workforce.

In comparison, New Zealand employed 23.0% in Professionals; 18.0% in Managers; and 12.1% in Technicians and trades workers.

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

  • A larger percentage of people employed as technicians and trades workers (13.8% compared to 12.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed as professionals (21.9% compared to 23.0%)

Emerging groups

The workforce in Whangarei District Council increased by 6,969 people between 2013 and 2018.

The largest changes in occupations for the workforce between 2013 and 2018 in Whangarei District Council were for those employed as:

  • Professionals (+1,650 people)
  • Technicians and trades workers (+1,455 people)
  • Managers (+1,110 people)
  • Labourers (+936 people)

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