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.

This highlights:

  • the industries and occupations in demand
  • projected job openings
  • qualifications needed
  • 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. The Regional Skills Leadership Group have endorsed these projections, considering local knowledge.

According to recent reports from Infometrics, the key sectors that are expected to drive employment growth in Auckland in the coming years include:

These sectors have ongoing projected demand for roles within these sectors:

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Construction
  • Health Care and Social Assistance
  • Manufacturing
  • Education and Training
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Retail trade and wholesale trade
  • Accommodation and Food Services

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.

Auckland Region Forecasted Job Openings, 2027, Industry

ANZSIC_L1_Desc New Jobs Replacement Jobs
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 3239.9 4608.6315
Education and Training 2525.9 3046.8145
Health Care and Social Assistance 2313.1 3782.7269
Administrative and Support Services 1343.3 2638.1994
Transport, Postal and Warehousing 1272.3 2100.382
Public Administration and Safety 1261.2 1802.0846
Manufacturing 1242.977 3944.4096
Retail Trade 1177.5 4248.0838
Other Services 1000.7 1678.1967
Arts and Recreation Services 574.5 821.4479
Wholesale Trade 537 2751.1388
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services 505.1 1378.1083
Financial and Insurance Services 495.9 1539.3487
Accommodation and Food Services 252.9 3108.4505
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 153.7 255.7119
Information Media and Telecommunications 139.2 891.6982
Construction 120.7 4115.5869
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 78.4 387.8165
Mining 8.2 20.8408

Source Infometrics: Regional Skills Outlook (2023)


Construction: Auckland has experienced significant population growth in recent years, which has driven demand for new housing and infrastructure. This is expected to continue, leading to a sustained demand for workers with skills in construction, engineering, and related trades.

Hospitality: Auckland is a popular destination for domestic and international tourists, and the sector is expected to continue to grow in the coming years. This is likely to lead to a demand for workers in areas such as hospitality, tourism management, and event planning.

Manufacturing: Manufacturing sector in Auckland is likely to continue to evolve and adapt to changing economic conditions and technological developments. Workers with a combination of technical and soft skills, such as problem-solving, communication, and adaptability, are likely to be in high demand in this dynamic industry. Advanced manufacturing techniques such as automation, robotics, and additive manufacturing are becoming increasingly prevalent in the industry. Workers with skills in these areas are likely to be in high demand, as companies look to improve efficiency and reduce costs.

Information and Communications Technology (ICT): Auckland has a thriving ICT sector and is home to many technology companies. With the ongoing digital transformation of businesses, there is expected to be a continued demand for workers with skills in areas such as software development, cybersecurity, data analysis, and artificial intelligence.

Healthcare: As New Zealand's population ages and Auckland’s population continues to grow, there will be a growing demand for healthcare services. This is expected to drive employment growth in areas such as nursing, aged care, and allied health professions.

Last updated: 08 June 2023