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Strong growth in construction jobs

The construction jobs sector has been a key beneficiary of New Zealand’s strong economic momentum...

The construction jobs sector has been a key beneficiary of New Zealand’s strong economic momentum with the demand for skilled construction workers at an all-time high. There is increased infrastructure required to support a growing population, on-going re-build projects still underway and the government’s commitment to building 50,000 new homes in reaction to the shortages in the current climate.

“It typically takes around two years for the full effects of population growth to flow through to construction activity, with some catch up likely over the coming years. Hence we expect a solid pipeline of construction activity,” according to the report prepared for Rider Levett Bucknall by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research.

New Zealand continues to construct more by value than ever before, with current levels of recorded activity reaching $34.3 billion for 2016 and continuing to climb. Total value increased by 8 per cent in 2016 and is expected to grow another 23 per cent to a peak of $42.4 billion towards the end of 2020. The annual value of all construction nationally is forecast to remain above current elevated levels until the end of 2022.

Roles in huge demand across residential and commercial builds include:

  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Interior Design and Fit-Outs
  • Foremen
  • Site Management
  • Civil Project Management