14 Jun 2021

Worker shortage putting construction jobs under threat

From Morning Report, 7:52 am on 14 June 2021

The private and state sector are being warned numerous construction projects could be delayed or just not get started, due to a nationwide shortage of workers.

Across New Zealand, it's estimated 65,000 more workers are needed this year alone, while in Wellington where it's particularly acute, there is a workforce shortage of nearly 140 percent.

It comes as the private and state sector plan for a boom in construction, with the capital planning to spend $18 billion over the next four years.

The shortage is driving competition for workers between contractors, and raising doubts about whether some projects will even get off the ground.

Harry Lock reports.