This graph shows the distribution of occupations in 1926 for both Pākehā men and women, based on a reworking of the census categories. The charts show that the urban elite of large employers, managers and top professionals, such as lawyers and doctors, was relatively small – comprising under 9% of male workers and only about 1% of female workers. Women were well-represented among semi-professionals, which included teachers, while there were fewer men in that category. About a third of both men and women were other white-collar workers, with women especially highly represented among shop assistants and clerks. Over half of all workers were blue-collar workers but there were more skilled workers among the males than the females.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.
Source: Erik Olssen and Maureen Hickey, Class and occupation: the New Zealand reality, Dunedin: Otago University Press, 2005, p. 101