Construction Jobs : Trends and forecasts

The construction industry contributed to at least 25 percent of employment growth between 2015 to 2018. The growth of the industry is primarily pushed by the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Thousands of Canterbury homes and commercial buildings were either badly damaged or destroyed in the earthquakes and the rebuild could extend for many years ahead. It is expected that the increase of construction jobs will continue.

Other than rebuilding old infrastructures, New Zealand is also building new houses to accommodate the increasing population. With the implementation of KiwiBuild, a holistic policy to tackle the housing crisis.

Auckland will have highest increase of construction jobs

One major policy of KiwiBuild would be to build at least 100,000 affordable houses with 50% of them located in or around Auckland. As construction activities increase, there will be a much higher need for construction jobs. The coalition government needs to take measure to attract new recruits into the industry and also facilitate training for them.

Construction Jobs: Skills and Roles required in the future

With the increase in construction projects, architectural related talents will be in shortage. It is expected that New Zealand will need more surveyors, construction project manager, building inspector, architects and designers. Immigration New Zealand is currently prioritizing work visa application for professionals with skills related to construction jobs.