Benefits - People receiving working age benefits by main type, characteristic 2016 Q2–2021 Q2
Ministry of Social Development
Working age: Working-age clients are aged 18-64 years. This definition reflects the minimum age of eligibility for most main benefits and the age of qualification for New Zealand Superannuation.In some cases benefits may be received by individuals outside of 'working age' (i.e. 18-64 years). Examples of this include individuals being eligible for a benefit from a younger age, or people over 65 years receiving the Emergency Benefit due to residency issues impacting on their eligibility for superannuation.
Ethnic group: Ethnic group data is self-identified and multiple ethnic groups may be chosen by an individual as fits their preference or self-concept. Multiple selected groups are then prioritised into a hierarchy. The Māori ethnic group has the highest priority in this hierarchy, followed by Pacific peoples. NZ European has the lowest priority.
Continuous duration: The length of time the client has continuously been receiving any main benefit.
Other main benefits: includes the remaining benefit categories such as Emergency Benefit and working-age Youth Payment/Young Parent Payment (YP/YPP).
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Data provided by
Benefit Fact Sheets: National level data tables June 2021
How to find the data
At URL provided, under Excel Tables, select 'National level data tables - June 2021 (Excel 128.46KB)'. All Recipients tables were combined into one tab for processing purposes by Figure.NZ.
Import & extraction details
File as imported: Benefit Fact Sheets: National level data tables June 2021
From the dataset Benefit Fact Sheets: National level data tables June 2021, this data was extracted:
- Sheet: Combined
- Provided: 1,827 data points
Dataset originally released on:
July 15, 2021
About this dataset
The Benefit Fact Sheets provide a high-level view of trends in social welfare receipt, including Jobseeker Support, Supported Living Payment, Sole Parent Support and other main benefits.