Rich city folk use net: Statistics

Statistics New Zealand has just released its first full report into IT use in New Zealand and claims 47% of New Zealand households have a PC, but only 37% have access to the internet.

Statistics New Zealand has just released its first full report into IT use in New Zealand and claims 47% of New Zealand households have a PC, but only 37% have access to the internet.

Statistics NZ compiled the data from a business practices survey run in June last year in conjunction with the Ministries of Economic Development (MED) and Research Science and Technology (MORST). Two further reports, on innovation and on management practices, are yet to be released.

The large city centres have the largest user base in the country - 44% of residents in Auckland and Wellington are online. Gisborne and the West Coast rated lowest with just under a quarter.

Income also has a lot to do with whether people own a PC or are connected to the net. Seven out of 10 households with an income of more than $100,000 had access to the internet compared with only one out of nine households with an income between $10,001 and $15,000. People of Asian descent are also more likely to be online - 60% as opposed to 25% of Maori.

Employment in IT also came under the spotlight, with more people working in the industry than in the previous census in 1996. Numbers of employees in the sector rose 76% to 33,705. While "computer technicians" and "controller roles" remained more or less static between 1996 and 2001, programmers declined by 7% and IT managers grew by 49%.

Qualifications in the IT sector doubled from 12,144 post-school qualifications to 24,012 in 2001.

More information can be found on the Stats website.

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