Manufacturing

The Manufacturing workforce for Tairāwhiti currently sits at 1,935, which is the fourth largest sector by employee numbers.

Workers are estimated as being distributed across the following areas (top 5):

  • Factory Process Workers
  • Specialist Managers
  • Other Labourers
  • Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers
  • Machine and Stationery Plant Operators.

The Manufacturing workforce [3] for Tairāwhiti is predicted to be 2,080 by the year 2028, making this sector the fourth largest employer in Tairāwhiti at 8.7% of the total workforce.

Manufacturing is assessed as having a significant skills shortage [4] in Tairāwhiti.

Between 2023‐2028, it is estimated that this sector will have 733 job openings. This estimate includes the number of people required to:

  • fill new job openings (145)
  • replace workers who move to another sector or retire (588).

In order to fill these job openings, the following forecasts indicate that the qualification requirements in Manufacturing will be:

  • Certificate (Level 1 to 3): 385
  • Certificate (Level 4): 145
  • Certificate (Level 5 to 6): 43
  • Degree (Level 7+): 156

Footnotes

[3] Manufacturing includes:

  • Food Product Manufacturing
  • Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
  • Textile, Leather, Clothing and Footwear Manufacturing
  • Wood Product Manufacturing
  • Pulp, Paper and Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
  • Printing, Petroleum and Coal Product Manufacturing
  • Basic Chemical and Chemical Product Manufacturing
  • Polymer Product and Rubber Product Manufacturing
  • Non‐Metallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
  • Primary Metal and Metal Product Manufacturing
  • Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
  • Transport Equipment Manufacturing
  • Machinery and Equipment Manufacturing
  • Furniture and Other Manufacturing

[4] Jobs in these industries make up a considerable number of all job openings in the region and demand is significantly higher than the national average.

Last updated: 20 June 2023