Appendix 2: Terms and definitions

Construction Here the Construction sector includes above-ground commercial and residential building and civil construction such as hospitals, schools, prisons, parks, libraries and community buildings. It covers a wide range of businesses and occupations across the sector.
Digital technologies sector This sector refers to businesses whose primary purpose is to both create and sell digital technology products, services or solutions, including data processing services, computer system design and software publishing. The sector includes businesses operating in different aspects of digital technology, such as screen (post-production and digital workshops) interactive media and gaming, financial technology, health technology, digital technology for agriculture, artificial intelligence, Software as a Service (SaaS). These businesses create and sell weightless products and services.
Employment Seasonally adjusted, number of people in employment in the working-age population.
EAP Employment Action Plans, part of the government's Employment Strategy.
Full-time 30 hours per week or more.
ITP Industry Transformation Plan.
Infrastructure Here this refers to our economic infrastructure - our energy, telecommunications, transport, waste and water infrastructure. See p.20 of the New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy.
Labour force participation rate Seasonally adjusted, total labour force/working age (15+) population.
Manufacturingg Here we mean seven broad subsectors: "food and beverage", "machinery and equipment", "wood and paper products", "chemicals and refining", "metals and metal products", "plastics and rubber" and "other" manufacturing.
NEET People aged 15-24 not in employment, education or training (includes those caring for children or others).
Not in the labour force any person in the working-age population who is neither employed nor unemployed. This could be people who are retired, caring for others (unpaid), studying, permanently unable to work due to physical or mental disabilities, not actively seeking work.
Primary Here this refers to most of the sectors covered by the Food and Fibre Skills Action Plan: forestry, horticulture, red meat and wool, and arable farming.
Skilled occupation rate Number of people employed in a skilled occupation (ANZSCO level 1-3)/ total number of employed people. These estimates are prepared using 2013 Census data and are not comparable to previously published estimates.
SMEs Small and medium enterprises.
Social procurement Social procurement is when organisations use their buying power to generate social value above and beyond the value of the goods, services or construction being procured.
Underutilisation Includes people who:
  • do not have a job, but are available to work and are actively seeking employment - unemployed
  • are employed part-time (fewer than 30 hours a week) and who both want and are available to increase the number of hours they work - underemployed
  • want a job and are available to work, but are not currently looking for a job - available potential jobseeker
  • are unavailable to start work but are looking for a job as they will be able to start work within the next month - unavailable jobseeker.
Unemployment an unemployed person has no paid job, is working age, is available for work, and has looked for work in the past four weeks or has a new job to start within the next four weeks.
Visitor sector Here the visitor sector means businesses providing hospitality, food and accommodation in our region
Working age population The working age population is defined as those aged 15 to 64. This indicator measures the share of the working age population in total population.