Business Employment Data: March 2024 Quarter

Business employment data includes filled jobs and gross earnings, with breakdowns by industry, sex, age, region, and territorial authority area, using a combination of data from two different Inland Revenue sources: the employer monthly schedule (EMS) and payday filing. Both are associated with PAYE (pay as you earn) tax data.

Key facts

Total actual filled jobs in the March 2024 quarter were 2.3 million.

In the March 2024 quarter (compared with the December 2023 quarter):

  • total seasonally adjusted filled jobs – up 0.3 percent (7,346 jobs).

For the year ended March 2024 compared with the year ended March 2023:

  • total gross earnings – up 8.6 percent ($13.8 billion).

An annual comparison is used for earnings to account for payroll timing differences between quarters.

QuarterPercentage change
Mar-180.8
Jun-180.3
Sep-180.2
Dec-180.9
Mar-190.9
Jun-190.4
Sep-190.5
Dec-191
Mar-200.5
Jun-20-1
Sep-200.7
Dec-200
Mar-210.5
Jun-211.1
Sep-211.3
Dec-210.7
Mar-220.1
Jun-220.2
Sep-220.9
Dec-220.5
Mar-231.1
Jun-231
Sep-230.3
Dec-230.4
Mar-240.3

Filled jobs changes by industry

At an industry level, the largest changes in seasonally adjusted filled jobs compared with the December 2023 quarter were in:

  • public administration and safety – down 2.5 percent (4,247 jobs)
  • health care and social assistance – up 0.8 percent (2,092 jobs)
  • education and training – up 0.9 percent (1,771 jobs)
  • accommodation and food services – up 0.9 percent (1,425 jobs).

Filled jobs changes by region

At a regional level, the largest changes in seasonally adjusted filled jobs compared with the December 2023 quarter were in:

  • Auckland – up 0.3 percent (2,376 jobs)
  • Bay of Plenty – up 0.9 percent (1,243 jobs)
  • Canterbury – up 0.4 percent (1,089 jobs)
  • Hawke’s Bay – up 1.0 percent (802 jobs)
  • Waikato – up 0.3 percent (699 jobs).

Filled jobs changes for men and women

In actual terms, from the March 2023 quarter to the March 2024 quarter, the number of filled jobs rose by 2.3 percent (25,476 jobs) for men and rose by 1.8 percent (20,331) jobs for women.

Earnings by industry

In actual terms and at an industry level, the largest increases in total annual gross earnings for the year ended March 2024, compared with the year ended March 2023, were in:

  • health care and social assistance – up 16 percent ($3.0 billion)
  • public administration and safety – up 13 percent ($1.8 billion)
  • education and training – up 11 percent ($1.3 billion).

More data

Business employment data

Use Infoshare to view and download time-series data for:
Subject category: Industry sectors
Group: Business data collection – BDC

Tables:

  • Age by employment variable (qrtly-Mar/Jun/Sep/Dec)
  • Industry by employment variable (qrtly-Mar/Jun/Sep/Dec)
  • Region by employment variable (qrtly-Mar/Jun/Sep/Dec)
  • Sex by employment variable (qrtly-Mar/Jun/Sep/Dec)
  • Territorial authority by employment variable (qrtly-Mar/Jun/Sep/Dec)

Note that due to a small portion of uncoded data, there will be small differences in the sum for filled jobs by region, age, sex, and the value for total New Zealand.

Monthly enterprise counts, entries, and exits:

Subject category: Industry sectors
Group: Business data collection – BDC
Table: Enterprise counts – New Zealand (monthly)

Definitions and metadata

Employment indicators – DataInfo+ provides general methodology and definitions relevant for employment statistics.

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Next release

Business employment data: June 2024 quarter will be released on 10 September 2024.

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