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Regional migration of trades workers
Introduction

In this report we track the regional movements of trades workers. From workers identified in the census we determine their location at the time of answering the census, and their location five years later, regardless of whether they are still working in the sector.

Census flows

Most trades workers remain in the same region after five years, with only 6% moving regions and a further 5% leaving overseas.

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Methodology

Trades workers are taken from the census.

Their 'origin' region is based on where the address where the worker answered the census.

Their 'destination' region is derived from primary region found in the address notification table in 2018. The address notification table summarizes all addresses reported to government agencies, e.g. if you visit the hospital and update your address while there this address will pass through Ministry of Health records through to StatsNZ and be recorded in the address notification table.

Migration by employment status

Employees are more likely to move regions and overseas than self-employed workers, this might be in part due to employees being younger on average. The exception to this is the parity between self-employed workers and employees moving to other regions in New Zealand out of Auckland.

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Methodology

Trades workers are taken from the census.

Their 'origin' region is based on where the address where the worker answered the census.

Their 'destination' region is derived from primary region found in the address notification table in 2018. The address notification table summarizes all addresses reported to government agencies, e.g. if you visit the hospital and update your address while there this address will pass through Ministry of Health records through to StatsNZ and be recorded in the address notification table.

Migration by age

Unsurprisingly younger workers are more likely to both leave overseas and move regions. Again the exception to this are 50+ workers moving out of Auckland for other regions.

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Methodology

Trades workers are taken from the census.

Their 'origin' region is based on where the address where the worker answered the census.

Their 'destination' region is derived from primary region found in the address notification table in 2018. The address notification table summarizes all addresses reported to government agencies, e.g. if you visit the hospital and update your address while there this address will pass through Ministry of Health records through to StatsNZ and be recorded in the address notification table.

Regional inflows and outflows

This chart shows the flow into a region from other regions, as well as the flow out of the region. The main centers, Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury generally have more workers flowing out than flowing in. Smaller regions, in particular Northland seem to benefit the most from regional movements.

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