Key sectors - Ngā rāngai matua

There are several key sectors that are important for Te Tai Poutini’s economy and labour market.

They include sectors where we know that significant gains can be made and where we currently or are anticipated to have a shortage of skills and labour.

The sectors forecast with the largest growth (in job numbers) are:

  • Accommodation and food services
  • Health care and social assistance
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing

We know that other sectors are also important to the region’s economy and currently have or are forecast to experience a shortage of workers. These include but are not limited to our food and fibre (agriculture/horticulture/forestry/aquaculture etc), tourism, conservation/biodiversity, retail, mining/energy, engineering, digital/IT, education/ training, and professional sectors as well as new and emerging industries.

The Workforce Development Councils will be providing more information on each of their sectors in terms of the labour and skills their industries will require now and in the future.

More information about our key sectors can be found in our RWP Supporting document:

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