Business - Enterprises and employees by business type and industry 2000–2021

Stats NZ


Enterprises: A business or service entity operating in New Zealand. It can be a company, partnership, trust, estate, incorporated society, producer board, local or central government organisation, voluntary organisation or self-employed individual.
Employee Count: Employee count is a head-count of all salary and wage earners for the February reference month.
Business Type: Business type is the legal status of an enterprise. An enterprise is an institutional unit in it's capacity as a producer of goods and services; an enterprise may be a corporation, a quasi-corporation, a non-profit institution, or an incorporated enterprise.

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Limitations of the data

There are a number of limitations associated with business demography data. These limitations include:
- Non-coverage of 'small' enterprises that fall below the economic significance criteria on the Stats NZ's Business Register (BR).
- Lags in recording business births and deaths.
- Difficulties in maintaining industrial and business classifications for smaller firms (that are primarily maintained using administrative data).


Business demography statistics are limited to economically significant individual, private-sector and public-sector enterprises that are engaged in the production of goods and services in New Zealand. These enterprises are maintained on the Stats NZ's Business Register, which generally includes all employing units and those enterprises with GST turnover greater than $30,000 per year.

Changes to data collection/processing

Up to 2015 business demography series was based on the Stats NZ Longitudinal Business Frame (LBF).
From 2016 business demography series is based on the Stats NZ Business Register (BR).

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Stats NZ

Dataset name

Business Demography Statistics: Enterprises by business type and industry 2021


How to find the data

Data is displayed at URL provided. To create this dataset, all variables were selected.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: Business Demography Statistics: Enterprises by business type and industry 2021

From the dataset Business Demography Statistics: Enterprises by business type and industry 2021, this data was extracted:

  • Rows: 2-11,275
  • Column: 5
  • Provided: 11,274 data points

Dataset originally released on:

October 28, 2021

About this dataset

Business demographic statistics give an annual snapshot (as at February) of the structure and characteristics of New Zealand businesses.