Skill shortages in Tāmaki Makaurau

There are several skills and workforce challenges in Tāmaki Makaurau. The region is facing a shortage of skilled workers in several industries such as construction, hospitality, manufacturing, engineering, logistics, healthcare, and information technology. This is making it difficult for businesses to find the talent they need to grow and expand.

There is a mismatch between the skills of job seekers and the jobs available in the market. This is partly due to a lack of training and education opportunities that would enable people to acquire the skills that are in demand by employers and businesses.

Tāmaki Makaurau also has an ageing population, which means that there will be a large number of retirements in the coming years. This is creating a need for businesses to attract younger workers and to invest in training and upskilling programs to ensure that they have a workforce with the right skills for the future.

There is also a significant gap in employment rates and earnings in the region creating elements equity between different groups in Tāmaki Makaurau, particularly between Māori, Pasifika people and ethnic communities. Addressing this inequality is important to ensure that everyone has access to the opportunities that Auckland has to offer.

Overall, the demand for skilled workers in Auckland is likely to be highest in industries that are driven by innovation, technology, and a focus on the future. Workers with skills in these areas are likely to be in high demand in the coming years. According to the 2023 EMA Skills Shortage Survey, 71% of survey respondents said highly skilled jobs were the hardest to fill and businesses were investing in training and upskilling programmes to develop their current employees’ skills and close any knowledge gaps.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a major impact on Auckland, New Zealand's largest city and economic hub, with significant workforce challenges. Prior to the pandemic, Auckland faced pre-existing challenges such as increasing demand for skilled employees and the aging workforce.

Employers are struggling to find the right talent in STEM, leading to a potential skills shortage in key industries. The aging workforce is becoming increasingly diverse, with migrants and international students seeking employment opportunities, bringing both opportunities and challenges for employers. To address these challenges, we have heard from our stakeholder interactions with industry, learners, and employers regarding the overarching need to adopt innovative strategies to attract and retain skilled employees, by in on the jobs training and development programs and creating a more inclusive work environment that values diversity.

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High regional demand for skills

Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and a major centre for the country's economy. The graphs and data presented below has been taken from the Regional Skills Outlook from the latest 2023 data.

Specific qualifications in demand

The qualifications in demand in Auckland in 2022 are as follows:

Overall skills supply and demand in Tāmaki Makaurau

The following is a benchmark of the number of tertiary education completions against the number of job openings across qualification levels and broad fields of study in the region.

Last updated: 08 June 2023