Underemployment rates within industries

Hospitality, retail and recreation industries have high rates of underemployment while most people working in mining, infrastructure, financial, construction and manufacturing industries as satisfied with their work hours.

Some sectors 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 industries 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.

Industries are defined by ANZSIC06 codes.


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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