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New Zealand’s Government predicts 48 000 new jobs annually for next 10 years

The government of New Zealand’s 10-year employment forecast is predicting massive growth in job numbers, especially those that require highly skilled employees. In fact 48 000 new jobs will be created year on year for the next 10 years.

New Zealand’S Government Predicts 48 000 New Jobs Annually For Next 10 Years

New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment said the construction industry would experience the biggest increase in jobs and skilled tradesman would be in high demand.


"Employment growth will be strongest for highly-skilled occupations (27,400 jobs annually), and weakest for low-skilled occupations (14,2000 annually)," the report said.

The report also indicated that strong spending by migrants would be a big contributing factor.

The New Zealand Government career website Careers NZ gives more detail about jobs that the report states are in demand.

New jobs; jobs that weren’t previously in demand / did not exist
If you entered the workforce more than 20 years ago, you wouldn’t have considered the following occupations because they weren’t around:

• user experience designer
• social media manager
• 3-D animator
• sustainability manager
• carbon emissions trader
• mobile phone applications developer.

“There is no doubt that the landscape of work has changed during the past 20 years. Globalisation, demographic shifts and technological advances are some factors that have created a highly competitive, rapidly changing work environment,” says the website.

“While we can’t predict what new occupations will be around in the future, we can see what types of industries are most likely to have high demand for workers, and what industries are likely to decline.”

Emerging industries

Emerging industries are not always new – sometimes they might have been around for many years but new job opportunities arise within them. New Zealand Trade and Enterprise's list of emerging industries includes:


• biotechnology – especially medical drugs and equipment
• food and beverage – our dairy, seafood, and wine industries continue to grow with an insatiable demand from consumers for fresher, tastier products
• creative – movie-making is well established and tipped to grow
• information technology – our fastest-growing export sector.
Long-standing and high demand industries
These industries have traditionally offered good opportunities, and are expected to continue to employ many people in the future.
• Health – demand for workers will continue to grow because our population is ageing.
• Education – there is steady demand for teaching and training services.
• Social services – again our ageing population will drive demand for social support.
• Personal services – everything from trades, accommodation, cafes and restaurants, transport, communications, properties and business services.
• Agriculture and horticulture – high demand for our dairy, meat, and fruit products will lead to more jobs.

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