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Sources of personal income by sex and age

Men more likely than women to receive personal income from self-employment

  • 19.7 percent of men and 11.5 percent of women received personal income from self-employment or business.
  • 15.8 percent of men and 17.7 percent of women received personal income from NZ superannuation or veterans pension.
  • 12.7 percent of men and 19.4 percent of women received personal income from 'other government transfers'. This higher rate for women was partly accounted for by the domestic purposes benefit (90.0 percent of recipients were female) and 'other government benefits, payments, or pension' (75.4 percent were female).

Proportion of people receiving personal income from investments increases with age group

The proportion of people reporting income from interest, dividends, rent, and other investments steadily increased with age group. This income source was:

  • least common for people in the 15 to 19 years age group (3.4 percent)
  • most common for people aged 65 years or over (40.0 percent).

The proportion of people reporting income from self-employment and business also steadily increased by age group, until peaking with the 55 to 59 years age group (25.6 percent).

Graph, Selected sources of personal income, by age group, 2013 Census.  

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