Ethnicity of trades workers over time

The proportion of Asian workers has increased over time in trade sectors. For some sectors this has been gradual incline over the past 20 years while for sectors the rise has been more sudden in the past 6 years.

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Trade workers are defined from IRD tax records. To be considered an employee in a year they must earn at least the equivalent of 120 hours at the minimum wage in a month for three months in the year. We set no income threshold on self-employed workers.


Access to the anonymised data used in this study was provided by Statistics New Zealand in accordance with security and confidentiality provisions of the Statistics Act 1975, and secrecy provisions of the Tax Administration Act 1994. The findings are not Official Statistics. The results in this paper are the work of the authors, not Statistics NZ, and have been confidentialised to protect individuals, households, businesses, and other organisations from identification. Read our full disclaimer here.


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