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Knowledge and skills

Auckland has more students and a more highly skilled workforce than other main centres

In the September 2015 quarter, 124,500 Aucklanders over the age of 15 were participating in formal study. This is 10 percent of Auckland adults compared with 8 percent for the rest of New Zealand (the proportion was 8 percent in Canterbury and 9 percent in Wellington). This difference is likely associated with Auckland’s younger population, as 15- to 24-year-olds are more likely to be participating in formal study than the older age groups.

Overall, a greater proportion of people in Auckland have higher qualifications than the rest of New Zealand. In Auckland, 28 percent have a bachelor’s degree or level 7 qualification or higher, compared with 20 percent for the rest of New Zealand.

Figure 8
Graph showing highest qualification in the Auckland region and rest of New Zealand, for the September 2015 quarter.

A skill level of an occupation is defined as a function of the range and complexity of the set of tasks performed in a particular occupation (Statistics New Zealand, nd). We classify skill level of an occupation based on the level or amount of formal education and training, previous experience in a related occupation, and on-the-job training required to competently perform the set of tasks required for an occupation.

In the September 2015 quarter, 61 percent of people employed in Auckland were in skilled or highly skilled occupations. This compared with 55 percent in Canterbury and 65 percent in Wellington.

In Auckland, 27 percent of people employed were professionals, compared with 22 percent for the rest of New Zealand. On the other hand, only 6 percent of people employed in Auckland worked as labourers in the September 2015 quarter, compared with 12 percent for the rest of New Zealand.

Figure 9
Graph showing people employed by occupation in the Auckland region and rest of New Zealand, for the September 2015 quarter.

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