Regional migration of trades workers by employment status

Employees are more mobile. However this is likely due to age differences between self-employed and employed trades workers. See the full report for more detail.

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Year cycle: Calendar year

Note: Overseas movements for 2018 are not reported as 2019's overseas spells records are incomplete, meaning we cannot see return dates for many trips and cannot distinguish whether they are short term holidays or long term spells.

Workforces are defined from IRD tax records each year. These workers are matched to the regional council they have spent the most time in over the year they are working as well as the following year, regardless if they are still working in the industry. Flows of workers are tracked between these regions.


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.


Regional migration of trades workers

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