Quarterly Employment Survey Population


The Quarterly Employment Survey (QES) represents the population of economically significant enterprises in certain industries.

A business is considered economically significant if it is found on the Statistics NZ Business Frame and meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • has greater than $30,000 annual GST expenses or sales
  • has at least three employees for its rolling mean employment (the average employee count over the previous 12 months)
  • recorded over $40,000 of income in the IR10 annual tax return
  • is part of a group of enterprises
  • is a new GST registration that is compulsory, special, or forced
  • is registered for GST and involved in agriculture or forestry.

Businesses in the following Australian and New Zealand Industrial Classification 2006 (ANZSIC06) industries are not surveyed as part of the QES:

  • A01 Agriculture
  • A02 Aquaculture
  • A04 Fishing, hunting, and trapping
  • A052 Agriculture and fishing support services
  • L6711 Residential property operators
  • O7552 Foreign government representation
  • O76 Non-civilian defence staff
  • S96 Households employing staff
  • T99 Not included elsewhere.
Inclusive : Yes.

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