Regional workforce demand profile

Identification of the high-level industries that will contribute to the region’s forecasted workforce demand pressures.

The information on this page is a broad indicator of how workforce demand is forecasted to be distributed across Southland Murihiku’s high level industries in the future.

It takes a forecasted approach, looking at years 2025 to 2028, and takes into account anticipated job openings created through growth, and through people leaving the workforce (for example, retirement).

This should be used as a reference to support any tertiary specific investment decisions made, especially when considering employment outcomes for learners in particular industries.

Where we have forecasted high to significant demand, we anticipate that these industries will provide high employment opportunities. A more detailed view of these higher demand industries can be found on the next page.

Given the formulaic/data basis of this demand forecast summary, the following points should be considered when using this data:

  • It is important to acknowledge the diversity across Southland Murihiku’s sub-regions. Sub-regional industry structures vary, especially when there is an urban and rural distinction. Therefore, it is important to consider sub-regional workforce demand needs alongside the Southland Region as a whole.
  • High population urban areas can impact the region-wide demand forecast, which is why sub-regional demand needs are important to consider.
  • The data may show that sub-regions with high geographical population spread can be more reliant on the more densely populated areas for core public services. For example, this is notable within Southland District in regards to Healthcare and Social Assistance, and Education.

Forecasted workforce demand of Southland Murihiku’s high level industries

  • Significant: 10% or more of the region's forecasted job openings are in this sector. 
  • Very high: 7% to 10% of the region's forecasted job openings are in this sector. 
  • High: 5% to 7% or more of the region's forecasted job openings are in this sector.

Sectors with strong growth but a low share of the region’s total job openings:

  • Strong/low: 7% or more of total jobs in the sector are forecasted to be job openings. 
Last updated: 08 June 2023