Construction employment of school leavers

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We take domestic school leavers from Ministry of Education records and link them to IRD taxation records, and businesses from taxation records subsequently to the Business Register.

Each year after leaving school we track whether school leavers are employed by a business with an ANZSIC06 code matching a construction industry.

We require individuals to be employed full time (a monthly income greater than the minimum wage * 40 hours * 4 weeks) for at least three months.


Access to the data used in this study was provided by Stats NZ under conditions designed to give effect to the security and confidentiality provisions of the Data and Statistics Act 2022. The results presented in this study are the work of the author, not Stats NZ or individual data suppliers.

These results are not official statistics. They have been created for research purposes from the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) which is carefully managed by Stats NZ. For more information about the IDI please visit

The results are based in part on tax data supplied by Inland Revenue to Stats NZ under the Tax Administration Act 1994 for statistical purposes. Any discussion of data limitations or weaknesses is in the context of using the IDI for statistical purposes, and is not related to the data's ability to support Inland Revenue's core operational requirements.

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