Māori Earnings

Māori Employment by Occupation

Māori remain over-represented in the lower skilled occupations and under-represented in the higher skilled occupations. Over the past five years most of the increase in Māori employment has been in the high skilled and skilled categories, which include occupations covered in the expanded table below.

Table 1: Snapshot of Māori Labour Market Outcomes, Years to June 2000 and 2007

2003 (‘000) 2008 (‘000) 2003-2008 change (‘000) 2003-2008 change (%)
High-skilled occupations 32.7 41.1 8.4 25.7
Skilled occupations 30.0 39.9 9.9 33.0
Semi-skilled occupations 100.4 102.3 1.9 1.9
Low-skilled occupations 21.8 22.6 0.8 3.7

Source: Te Puni Kōkiri (2008)

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