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May132015

Is the local talent pool for construction professionals in New Zealand enough?

Cobalt NZ report cover The construction industry in New Zealand is continuing to ride the success of the local economy with noticeable increases in commercial construction activity in Q1 of 2015. The growth in the construction industry is not only driven by Auckland and Christchurch but a number of the smaller regions along with Wellington, which has put further strain on an already exhausted local talent pool.

The focus in Christchurch has shifted from residential to commercial construction in the CBD where the soil has been turned on a number of large government initiated projects. This continued government support for the city has provided much needed confidence for the private sector which is also committing to large commercial and retail development in the city.

Auckland continues to be New Zealand’s fastest growing region with an accelerating net migration rate driving consumer demand and project activity. Auckland’s growth has put extra strain on key infrastructure with the responsible public sector bodies recently announcing major rail and roading projects for the city. Most notably the $2.8 billion Inner City Rail Link.

The surge in large commercial construction across the board has seen an increased demand for more senior level professionals who have a proven track record on major projects. Areas of demand include Senior Quantity Surveyors and Commercial Managers along with Senior Project Managers and Project Directors.

The emphasis being placed on the pre-construction skill-set is also an area to highlight, which gives strong indication to the level of project activity expected for the rest of 2015 and into 2016.

For more information on other sectors – please view the full report below or contact your nearest office today to arrange a meeting to discuss your resourcing requirements or the current roles available.

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 13th 2015 and is filed under Construction & Engineering. You can subscribe to our RSS 2.0 news feed here.

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