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 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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