Sustainable construction sector provides career certainty, NZIOB head says

In May, construction work advertisements in Auckland were up almost 40 per cent.
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In May, construction work advertisements in Auckland were up almost 40 per cent.

The head of New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB) has welcomed a report that dismisses perceptions the building industry is cyclical, unsustainable and does not provide career certainty.

NZIOB chief executive Malcolm Fleming said the National Construction Pipeline Report forecasted construction activity of over $30 billion a year for the foreseeable future, which implied a "very positive future for building and construction in this country".

The report, released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, provided a bell curve of the sector's forecasted $274b workload for the period 2014 to 2021.

With each report, the decline from the forecasted 2017 peak became flatter, and showed a longer spread of activity and an overall increase in forecast building and construction, Fleming said.

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"This report presents an industry that has great certainty, and one that is not likely to be subject to the boom and bust cycles of the past.

"The steady growth forecast in the report will create job security for those entering the industry," he said.

"Construction has always been technically complex, provided incredible camaraderie and rewarding collaboration - it is now technology rich, sustainable, and well paid."

According to data from online employment website Seek, construction work advertisements in Auckland were up almost 40 per cent during May.

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That same month, construction was the sector with the highest average advertised salary, Fleming said.

It is predicted that more than 500,000 people will be employed in construction-related jobs by 2021 in support of New Zealand's building boom.

As an advocate for the sector, NZIOB collaborated with Careers NZ to showcase construction to Career Advisers from 24 Auckland schools.

Attendees heard the personal experience of twelve young people in the industry including represented contractors, designers, and suppliers.

The speakers provided a snap-shot of the roles that are available within the construction sector.

"Regardless of whether the speaker had a construction related degree or had progressed through the apprenticeship route, all practitioners spoke of their love of the industry, and the joy of working in a fast-paced, collaborative industry in which no day is the same," Fleming said.

 - Stuff

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