Statistics New Zealand said that almost 80% of businesses in the construction industry reported vacancies last year, with 58% of these reporting that they had hard-to-fill vacancies. This means that of the approximately 4,600 construction businesses represented, around 3,600 had vacancies.
Almost 40,000 businesses across all sectors were represented in the Business Operations Survey, and 76% reported staff vacancies, the same as in 2014. Vacancies include both new positions, and jobs that have become vacant from a staff member leaving. Of the firms with vacancies in 2016, 47% said they had hard-to-fill vacancies, up from 41% in 2014.
In 2016, businesses surveyed reported that trade-related skills, management or supervisory skills, and professional or technical skills were difficult to find in job applicants. Team-working, oral communication and numeracy skills were the least difficult to find.