Skill shortages in Manawatū-Whanganui

The below skill shortages 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 have been ratified by the Regional Skills Leadership Group, taking into account local knowledge.

Critical skill shortages in Manawatū-Whanganui

Demand 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
  • Health care and social assistance
  • Manufacturing
  • Public administration and safety
  • Retail trade

Significant skill shortages in Manawatū-Whanganui

Demand for kaimahi within these sectors is very high. Jobs in these sectors make up a considerable amount all job openings in the Manawatū-Whanganui region. 

  • Construction
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Education and training

High regional demand for skills in Manawatū-Whanganui

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

  • Administrative and support services
  • Arts and recreation services
  • Rental, hiring and real estate services

Specific occupations in demand

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

  • Community Worker (Kaiāwhina Health worker)
  • Truck driver, Forklift driver (classes 2 to 5)
  • Registered Nurse
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Farm Manager
  • Scaffolder
  • Roofer
  • Construction Worker
  • Chef
  • Engineering Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Supply and Distribution Manager
  • Defence – combat personnel, maintenance and ground staff

Skill shortages for emerging industries in Manawatū-Whanganui

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 Manawatū-Whanganui:

  • Roles relating to wind power generation roles, including (but not limited to) wind turbine design, manufacturing, development and maintenance
  • Roles relating to hydrogen production, transportation and storage
  • Roles relating to AgriTech, including (but not limited to) robotics, automation, biotechnology and engineering   
  • Roles relating to engineering, ICT and Science Technicians and construction roles
Last updated: 22 June 2023