People receiving earnings from wages and salaries in New Zealand

By sex, as at June 2016–2017, thousands of people

Definitions

Average weekly earnings: The total weekly earnings from wages and salaries or self-employment, divided by the number of people receiving income from that source.
Median weekly earnings: The middle point of the distribution of weekly earnings from wages and salaries or self-employment. For example, if 99 people receive wage and salary earnings, the median weekly earnings are the weekly earnings of the 50th person - when people are ranked by weekly earnings.
Average hourly earnings: The total hourly earnings from wages and salaries or self-employment, divided by the number of people receiving income from that source.
Median hourly earnings: The middle point of the distribution of hourly earnings. For example, if 99 people receive wage and salary earnings, the median hourly earnings are the hourly earnings of the 50th person - when people are ranked by hourly earnings.
Number of people: The number of people receiving earnings from wages and salaries or self-employment.

Data calculation/treatment

Ethnic groups have been coded by total response. Total response means that each person can choose multiple ethnic groups they identify with. The person then counts once, in each ethnic group chosen. For example if a person identifies with both the Asian and Maori ethnic groups this will be counted once in the Asian ethnic group responses and once in the Maori ethnic group responses. Total response is used for ethnicity to ensure that our statistics accurately reflect the multi-ethnic nature of New Zealand society.

Inclusions

This information only covers income from wages and salaries, self-employment, and government transfers.

Exclusions

Private transfer and investment income are not included.

Changes to data collection/processing

This information used to be collected through the NZ Income Survey, but it is now collected as part of the Household Labour Force Survey each year during the June quarter.
In 2016 there were changes to the survey:
- Changes to the questionnaire allow more accurate identification of education and caregiving status, and self-employment. This change cannot be backdated. This causes an increase in self-employment figures and a change in NEETs.
- Looking at job advertisements on the internet is now classified as not actively seeking work. This change has been backdated from 2007.
- Missing historical information on the usual hours worked has been imputed, and the new survey better captures this information. This change has been backdated from 2005.

Data provided by

Stats NZ

Dataset name

Household Labour Force Survey: Earnings from wages and salaries and self-employment, by sex, age groups and ethnic groups June 2017

Webpage:

http://nzdotstat.stats.govt.nz/WBOS/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=TABLECODE7473

How to find the data

Data is displayed at URL provided. All variables were selected to create this dataset.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: Household Labour Force Survey: Earnings from wages and salaries and self-employment, by sex, age groups and ethnic groups June 2017

From the dataset Household Labour Force Survey: Earnings from wages and salaries and self-employment, by sex, age groups and ethnic groups June 2017, this data was extracted:

  • Rows: 2-26,641
  • Column: 7
  • Provided: 26,640 data points

This data forms the table Employment - Earnings from wages and salaries and self-employment, by sex, age groups and ethnic groups 1998–2017.

About this dataset

The income information is collected as part of the Household Labour Force Survey each year during the June quarter. This information only covers income from wages and salaries, self-employment, and government transfers.
This dataset in particular refers to the hourly and weekly income of individuals who are employed and are receiving income from wages and salaries, or self-employment.