28 July 2016

Construction-related occupation numbers set to rise


Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith launched the fourth annual National Construction Occupations Projections report this week, which shows construction-related occupation numbers are expected to hit 539,500 in the next five years, up 10 per cent from 2015.

“The construction industry was the largest contributor to annual employment growth last year, with 27,500 more people employed,” Mr Joyce says. “232,000 people now work directly in the construction industry, while a much larger group of 490,000 people work in construction-related occupations. The occupations expected to experience the largest growth in the next five years are electricians (14 per cent), plumbers (13 per cent) and civil engineering professionals (11 per cent).”

The National Construction Pipeline Report 2016  is the 4th edition and provides a forecast of building and construction activity nationally, and by region, from 2016 to 2021. It was commissioned by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment and jointly prepared by Pacifecon (NZ) Ltd and BRANZ

Based on the National Construction Pipeline Report 2016, and information from the 2013 Census, the Future demand for construction workers report estimates employment growth in construction-related occupations at the national and regional level to the end of 2021.

An interactive web tool was launched alongside the reports. Users can select, view and download information from both reports.