Why are you carrying out this survey?
We carry out this survey to:
- measure employment, which is an important measure of economic activity
- contribute to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and productivity statistics
- monitor changes in different industries.
Trends in the number of people employed and hourly earnings provide a weathervane on New Zealand's economic situation. The Quarterly Employment Survey produces estimates on the:
- average hourly and average gross weekly wages and salaries
- average weekly paid ordinary and overtime hours
- number of people in full- and part-time jobs
- total hours paid for and total earnings paid out for one week.
The quarterly average wage for the December quarter each year is used to set the ceiling for national superannuation payments.
Who takes part in the survey? How did you select me?
Of the approximately 120,000 businesses that employ staff, we select 18,000 to participate in the survey.
You may be selected if your business employs staff and is involved in any of the following:
- accommodation, cafés, and restaurants
- communication services
- cultural and recreational services
- electricity, gas, and water supply
- finance and insurance
- government administration and defence
- health and community services
- personal and other services
- retail trade
- transport and storage
- wholesale trade.
When do you carry out the survey?
The survey is carried out every quarter.
How can I complete the survey questionnaire?
You can complete the survey questionnaire by filling in either a paper or electronic (Excel) form.
Page updated 1 April 2016