Self-employment is tracked of workers retain in the sector. Note that progression rates into self-employment may not be truly representative as self-employed workers have higher retention rates and the increases may be due to wage and salary workers leaving the sector rather than an increase in self-employed workers.
New entrants are defined as persons who first work at least three months above a minimum wage threshold of 120 hours (30 hours across 4 weeks). Of these new entrants we define their primary activity in the year leading up to starting work order of:
- Secondary school enrollments
- Tertiary enrollments
- Work in other sectors (career changers)
- Visa status (immigrants)
- Overseas spells (returning kiwis)
Such that a person with a tertiary enrollment and who is working in another sector in the year leading up to starting work in carpentry will be recorded once only as a tertiary student.