Construction, manufacturing and other industries in New Zealand are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit suitable workers, which has prompted a huge hiring drive across the country.
According to Civil Contractors New Zealand (CCNZ), the construction industry will need another 30,000 workers in two years' time. Chief executive Peter Silcock said his group's attention was turning heavily towards training and recruiting a more diverse workforce.
"We need more skilled workers and the reality is that a lot of the training will need to be done on the job, which means that people can earn as they learn."
A labour crunch in construction were also highlighted in Statistics NZ figures last month, which showed that almost 80 per cent of construction firms reported vacancies in 2016.
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