Sophie Ryan is a Business Herald digital journalist.

Govt research: Where all the jobs are

The prospects for jobs in the construction and infrastructure sector are strong according to the Occupation Outlook 2016, released by Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Photo / Bloomberg
The prospects for jobs in the construction and infrastructure sector are strong according to the Occupation Outlook 2016, released by Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Photo / Bloomberg

• Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment report shows job demand, likely income levels, and training requirements for different career pathways.

• Occupations in the construction and infrastructure industry have strong prospects for work and average to above-average income.

• Workers in manufacturing and technology industry have good prospects for jobs and can expect above-average income levels.

• Jobs in primary industries have good prospects and high pay.

• Prospects for work in creative industries are average to poor.

Prospects for work in the construction and infrastructure industry are strong, with seven of eight occupations in the industry reporting good prospects for workers.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has just released its Occupation Outlook for 2016 and it suggests strong prospects in construction, infrastructure and IT services.

But it also shows which sectors have more people looking for work than jobs available - which includes pilots, firefighters and actors.

The report evaluates the job prospects in each occupation, incomes earned in the job and the cost of fees for training in the industry.

In the construction and infrastructure industry, quantity surveyors, construction project managers and civil engineering technicians could expect to have good job prospects and earn a high income.

Engineering technicians, ICT business and systems analysts and software developers were best off in the manufacturing and technology industry, with high demand for jobs and above-average income projections.

Steven Joyce, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister, launched an app with the Occupation Outlook that showed prospects for people with skills in software development and IT analysis are high, but prospects in creative industries are medium to low.

Joyce said the report and associated app were designed to better inform students and job seekers.

"It arms them with the information they need to carefully consider what career path they want to choose and what training they need to do to get there," he said.

"We are still short of engineers in New Zealand. Job prospects are extremely good for civil, geotechnical and structural engineers, particularly in Auckland and Christchurch where large roading and infrastructure projects and building activity are fuelling demand."

Anyone who can drive a nail or turn a screw are in a very good position at the moment.
Peter Osborne, TradeMe Jobs

In the services industry, cafe managers are needed, but could expect medium pay with low fees to earn the appropriate qualifications.

While film, television and stage directors could expect high income for their work, there are poor job prospects for their future.

Fire fighters earn a medium income, with cheap fees for the relevant qualifications, but have poor job prospects in the occupation.

Community and Social Services like teachers, police and policy analysts have medium job prospects and fire fighters have low prospects.

There are good prospects for medical services like registered nurses, physiotherapists, doctors and dentists.

Truck drivers, public relations professionals, retail sales assistants and marketing and advertising professionals have some of the best prospects in the service industry.

Immigration New Zealand is encouraging skilled people to come and work in the construction and infrastructure industry and the IT industry.

Truck drivers, public relations professionals, retail sales assistants and marketing and advertising professionals have some of the best prospects in the service industry. Photo / Michael Cunningham
Truck drivers, public relations professionals, retail sales assistants and marketing and advertising professionals have some of the best prospects in the service industry. Photo / Michael Cunningham


Head of TradeMe jobs Peter Osborne told Newstalk ZB the general job prospects were stronger than he expected.

"The numbers we've been seeing starting 2016 have been the strongest we've ever seen," he said.

"IT continues to go from strength to strength.

"Anyone who can drive a nail or turn a screw are in a very good position at the moment."

The Canterbury rebuild and growth in construction in Auckland was behind the strong number of job opportunities, Osborne said.

Listen to Peter Osborne on Mike Hosking Breakfast here

Download the Occupation Outlook app at Google Play here.
Download the Occupation Outlook App from Apple iTunes here.

Read the full Occupation Outlook 2016 here

- NZ Herald

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