Underemployment rates within occupations

Community service, sales workers and labourers have high rates of underemployment. On the other hand, few managers, trades workers, professionals and machinery operates are dissatisfied with their hours of work.

Some occupations have fewer than 6 persons responding as being underemployed. Results for these sectors are suppressed but have been left included in the charts with a null/0 value to show where results are missing.

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The Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) asks employed respondents if they would prefer to work more hours. We summarize these results over years occuaptions have been recorded (2009 to 2018) and calculate underemployment rates.

Sectors with 0% values have fewer than 6 persons responding to the HLFS as underemployed. Results from these sectors should be treated as unknown but are left in the chart to show where data is incomplete.

Occupations are defined by ANZSCO06 codes.


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 https://www.stats.govt.nz/integrated-data/.

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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