Story: Workforce composition

Mechanising washing

This 1954 National Film Unit clip shows wringer washing machines being assembled in a New Zealand factory. The demand for washing machines soared after the Second World War. By 1953, 11,000 workers were employed making and assembling them. By the early 2000s this work was more likely to be carried out in other countries where wages were lower.

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Reference: Pictorial Parade 26. National Film Unit, 1954

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How to cite this page:

Paul Callister and Robert Didham, 'Workforce composition - Workforce by sector', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 July 2022)

Story by Paul Callister and Robert Didham, published 11 Mar 2010