Key facts

For September 2020 (compared with August 2020), changes in filled jobs for the following industries were:

  • all industries – up 0.3 percent (7,266 jobs)
  • primary industries – down 2.4 percent (2,484 jobs)
  • goods-producing industries – up 0.4 percent (1,609 jobs)
  • service industries – up 0.5 percent (8141 jobs).

Filled jobs rise in 11 of the 19 industries

At a lower industry level, the largest changes in the number of actual filled jobs compared with August 2020 were in:

  • public administration and safety – up 3.2 percent (4,558 jobs)
  • health care and social assistance – up 1.0 percent (2,356 jobs)
  • administrative and support services – down 1.4 percent (1,361 jobs)
  • agriculture, forestry, and fishing – down 2.7 percent (2,633 jobs).

Filled jobs up in all regions

The number of filled jobs (not seasonally adjusted) rose in all 16 regions between August 2020 and September 2020. The largest changes were in:

  • Wellington – up 0.8 percent (1,878 jobs)
  • Canterbury – up 0.7 percent (1,935 jobs)
  • Waikato – up 0.5 percent (1,060 jobs).

Filled jobs rise for both males and females and for most age groups

From August to September 2020 (not seasonally adjusted):

  • the number of filled jobs rose in most age groups, apart from the younger age groups
  • the largest rises were in the 30–34-year age group, up 0.5 percent (1,263 jobs) and in the 55–59-year age group, up 0.6 percent (1,252 jobs)
  • the number of filled jobs fell in the 20–24-year age group, down 0.3 percent (548 jobs)
  • the number of filled jobs rose 0.5 percent (5,228 jobs) for females and 0.2 percent (2,098) for males.

Gross earnings

Actual gross earnings for the September 2020 month were $12.3 billion, compared with $10.7 billion for the September 2019 month. Monthly data is variable due to payday timings.

Actual gross earnings for the September 2020 quarter were $35.4 billion, compared with $33.6 billion for the same period in 2019.

Gross earnings correspond to the amount paid to all employees in the reference month. They exclude retirement payments, redundancy payments, and employee benefits. The length of an employee’s pay period can cause variability in the number of pay days in the month – for example, a fortnightly pay normally occurs twice a month, but on some occasions, can occur three times a month. This can cause volatility in the monthly series.

We also provide a rolling quarter measure of gross earnings because monthly earnings can be unstable.

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