Leading recruitment agency Robert Walters has released its annual global salary survey that predicts construction workers in New Zealand are the most likely to receive a pay rise in 2014. Read the full report here.
Reasons for the predicted increases in salary in the construction industry are reported to be due to the Christchurch rebuild, the desire around the country for earthquake strengthening, and remediation of leaky buildings.
Robert Walters’ finding can be correlated with a report from the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation that notes despite a steep rise in people undertaking apprenticeships, there is still a serious shortage when considering the required resourcing in the industry.
Over the past few years BCITO has actively been attempting to address the construction skills shortage by participating in national initiatives to boost the level of people undertaking apprenticeships, working with other training organisations such as polytechnics, and introducing a payment plan for apprentice training costs. Read more about BCITO’s initiatives here.
The construction industry skills shortage is also resulting in a large number of overseas workers coming to New Zealand to work and benefit from the predicted salary increases.
Robert Walters’ report anticipates a boom in the construction industry, so this is an exciting time to be involved in building and construction in New Zealand.