National Employment Indicator: February 2012


About the national employment indicator

The national employment indicator (NEI) is an experimental measure that provides an early indication of changes in the number of filled jobs at the national level. The NEI covers filled jobs (see definition below). Self-employed people who pay themselves a wage or salary are included in the NEI. Data is only available at the national level.   

More definitions

Employer: is a business that files an EMS.

Employer monthly schedule (EMS): Inland Revenue's EMS contains information about monthly earnings of employees and earnings of individuals who are taxed at source.

NEI filled jobs: jobs in which employees were paid wages or salaries in the calendar month, by an employer who filed an EMS return. This includes jobs filled by self-employed people who pay themselves a wage or salary.


  • individuals who received earnings from which pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) tax was deducted in the reference month. 


  • individuals with a missing taxpayer code, or invalid IRD number
  • individuals with income not taxed at source
  • individuals withheld from data supplied by Inland Revenue to Statistics NZ
  • individuals who received only a benefit
  • individuals on unpaid leave
  • unpaid jobs.