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Hotspots of skills in demand

Trades & Labourers

Hotspots of skills in demand remain across New Zealand’s trades & labour job market. As we have seen over the last 18 to 24 months, demand is particularly high for Registered Electricians.

A significant number of the main anchor projects in Canterbury have been completed and there is a little easing of demand in the South Island. However, strong qualified M&E trades professionals continue to be sought.

High demand remains for Carpenters and Roofers for residential and commercial construction projects across New Zealand.

Civil Machine Operators and Drainlayers are sought for underground work on new infrastructure. Meanwhile, Civil Machine Operators are also required to prepare land for subdivisions, new roads, new cycle ways and the upkeep of existing roads. In Wellington, Transmission Gully is absorbing a huge number of these candidates, leaving a shortage for other projects locally and to a certain extent nationally.

Finally, Labourers, semi-skilled Trades Assistants, Hammerhands and General Labourers are all in demand.

Jobseeker advice

Consider upskilling. A report claims the half-life of learned skills is now about five years. Regardless of your role or level of seniority, it is therefore essential to continuously upskill in order to stay relevant in an increasingly mechanised world. Here’s 7 ways to upskill and keep yourself at the growing edge of your career without breaking the bank.

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