Service sector jobs set to grow

Food service workers for ServiceIQ Blenheim.

Job growth in New Zealand’s service industry is set to keep growing, according to a new regional economic update from Service IQ.

From now to 2024, Auckland’s service sector will have 23,407 new job openings, the most in the country. Queenstown Lakes District will be the fastest growing region, with jobs set to increase by 27.9 percent. Christchurch will also have noticeable growth with an additional 12,431 jobs projected.

“With a lot of new recruits entering the industry, it’s vitally important they get the right skills not only to do a great a job but also to help them use the opportunity to start building a career by learning while they earn,” said Andrew McSweeney, CEO, ServiceIQ.

The updated projections are a follow up to the Regional Roadmaps ServiceIQ launched in 2017 to address the skills shortage in New Zealand’s service industries.

“People can see at a glance how each region is tracking along with the action plans and initiatives that local government and business organisations have undertaken to help build a talent pool to meet new growth.”