Saturday, April 20, 2024

Primary sector labour shortfalls

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Regions are expected to lose 15% of their working age population by 2033.
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What’s currently needed:

•2000 to 4000 dairy workers

•400 rural contractors each year

•170 vets

•250 forestry workers

•Horticulture: 5000 in horticulture

•2500 in the meat industry

•1000-plus in viticulture

•5000 additional staff needed by the kiwifruit sector by 2024.

Source: DairyNZ, Meat Industry Assn, HortNZ, Prof Paul Spoonley, Massey University.

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