New Zealand's booming industries: Trades & Services

There was little time to ‘down tools’ in the booming Trades & Services industry last year. It was among the fastest-growing industries on SEEK with a 16.9% increase in job opportunities. The industry recorded more than 3,400 new roles year-on-year and the average advertised salary was $59,646.

New Zealand suffers from a significant skills shortfall in the Trades & Services industry and there is strong demand for talented individuals across a number of roles. The current shortage amounts to around 60,000 workers in building and construction alone, says Warwick Quinn, Chief Executive of BCITO, the largest provider of construction trade apprenticeships in New Zealand.

A look around the country:

The growth was primarily driven by Auckland, with the city accounting for 9.4% of the total growth in job opportunities year-on-year. 

The roles driving job growth:

Making the biggest contribution to the overall growth in Trades & Services were roles advertised in Automotive Trades with 3.7% growth in job opportunities year-on-year. This was followed by Labourers (2.5%) and roles in the Building Trades (2.3%).

The growth in job opportunities across Building Trades (2.3%) and Labouring (2.5%) was driven by the housing boom. According to Quinn, New Zealand needs to continue to build more than 30,000 new homes each year. “We estimate that half of the jobs shortfall to be for trades qualified (workers). That translates into great opportunities for those considering construction as a career.”

In addition, the building and construction industry is becoming increasingly specialised, says Quinn.

As a result, the BCITO is in the process of launching micro-credentials, which will be bite-sized qualifications for people who work in, for example, specialised areas of construction such as window installation. These micro credentials will be able to be built on by those who want to move into wider fields, which will help make these jobs more attractive.

Greig Epps, Industry Relationship Manager at the Motor Trade Association, says the growth in Automotive Trades is directly related to the growth in vehicle sales and the age of the fleet – both of which drive demand for repairs.

“There has been unprecedented growth in the number of cars coming into New Zealand over the past five years,” says Epps.

“These vehicles are getting ever more complex with safety and driver assistance technologies, and the increase in the uptake of electric vehicles is indicative of big changes ahead in the industry.”

Trending roles in Trades & Service:

Nannies & Babysitters saw the largest growth in job applications from job seekers with 122.9% more people applying for roles in the profession year-on-year. Locksmiths and Bakers & Pastry Chefs also saw a significant spike in popularity for job seekers with applications growing 61.4% and 59.2% respectively. 

What employers want:

If you’re looking for a new role in the Trades & Services industry, Paul Unstead, General Manager at Adecco says training and qualifications are important, but so is how you conduct yourself. “A well-constructed resume and all the relevant tickets, licences, training and experience will get you through the first round. A great attitude will always get you over the line.”

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