Skill shortages in Hawke’s Bay

The skill shortages set out below highlight the industries and occupations where there are projected skill shortages looking out to 2028.

The data below pre-dates Cyclone Gabrielle and needs to be viewed accordingly.

The skill shortages set out below highlight the industries and occupations where there are projected skill shortages looking out to 2028. These projections are based on a range of factors including current levels of relevant training being undertaken, regional share of job openings, employment levels in the sector, and forecast demand. These projections are taken from mahi (work) that Infometrics have undertaken to support the RSLGs, and from insights provided by local stakeholders. The information has been endorsed by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Skills Leadership Group.

Critical skill shortages in Hawke’s Bay

Demand for skilled kaimahi within these sectors is very high. Jobs in these sectors make up a considerable number of all job openings in the region and demand is higher than the national average. 

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (Central Hawke’s Bay, Hastings and Wairoa Districts in particular)
  • Healthcare and Social Assistance (Hastings District in particular)
  • Manufacturing (Central Hawke’s Bay, Hastings and Wairoa Districts in particular).

Significant skill shortages in Hawke’s Bay

Demand for key kaimahi within these sectors is very high. Jobs in these sectors make up a considerable amount all job openings in the Hawke’s Bay region. 

  • Retail Trade (Napier City in particular)
  • Education and Training (Napier City and Wairoa District in particular).

High regional demand for skills

These sectors have ongoing projected demand for kaimahi in roles within these sectors.

  • Accommodation and Food Services
  • Construction (Central Hawke’s Bay and Napier City in particular)
  • Public Administration and Safety (Napier City in particular)
  • Administrative and Support Services.

Specific occupations in demand

These occupations have ongoing current and projected demand for kaimahi with relevant qualifications.

  • Wheels, Tracks and Roller Operator
  • Builder
  • Electrician
  • Project Manager
  • Planning and Consent Officer
  • Registered Nurse
  • Halal Butcher
  • Chef, Barista and Front of House Manager
  • Class 5 Truck Driver and Bus Driver
  • Diesel Mechanics (Agriculture & Transport)
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Community Health Worker (Aged Care, Mental Health and Addiction Services)

Skill shortages for emerging industries in Hawke’s Bay

While the exact skill needs of emerging industries is not yet known, any training and upskilling courses supporting the following industries will be in demand in Hawke’s Bay:

  • Roles relating to the growing technology industry – such as those associated with ‘Hi-Tech Hawke’s Bay’, and to support the upcoming Te Awanga Film Studio
  • Roles relating to onshore wind turbine generation including design, manufacturing, development and maintenance.
Last updated: 24 July 2023