High labour demand in the construction industry

Job growth in the construction industry continues to rise as Canterbury rebuilds from the devastation of the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. In the past 12 months, 15,800 jobs were created in the region. This accounts for nearly 20% of jobs created across the country. This has had a flow on effect to other sectors in the region, including manufacturing, retail, accommodation and the services sector. This has made unemployment rate in the region lower than elsewhere, with 3.5% unemployment rate compared to the national average of 5.7%.

In the recent Occupation Outlook 2015 published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, job prospects in the construction & infrastructure industry remains high and has also increased the number of people completing a relevant qualification in the construction industry. For example, the number of students completing a diploma in construction management has risen 220% between 2007 and 2013.

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