Māori with higher levels of qualiﬁcations are more likely to be employed. This is illustrated by trends in the employment rate, which reﬂects both the willingness to participate in the labour force and the ability to gain employment. The employment rate was signiﬁcantly higher for Māori with tertiary qualiﬁcations than for those with fewer or no qualiﬁcations: 76.2 percent of working age4 Māori with tertiary qualiﬁcations were employed, compared with 66.8 percent of those with school qualiﬁcations, and 51.7 percent of those with no qualiﬁcation in 2006.
Among Māori with tertiary qualiﬁcations, individuals with a higher level of tertiary qualiﬁcation are more likely to be employed. In 2006, employment rates for Māori with tertiary qualiﬁcations at level 7 or above (85.2 percent) and levels 4 to 6 (77.1 percent) were higher than the rate for Māori with qualiﬁcations at levels 1 to 3 (64.6 percent).