Creating a critical mass and specialisation in key sectors can be achieved through encouraging industry clusters to develop so smaller individual businesses can work together to share innovation and reduce costs. This in turn enables these businesses to be more competitive in local and overseas markets.
- The high tech industries sector has steadily increased from 4000 employees in 2000, reaching at 10,400 employees in early 2015. Engineering design and consultancy services, and computer system design and related services experienced the biggest increases since 2011.
- The manufacturing and wholesale trade sectors peaked in 2005 with 41,000 employees. Since then, employment has declined in the sector to 34,440 employees in 2015. Manufacturing has been declining nationally since 2000.
- Employment in Construction Industry has doubled as a result of the rebuild with 23,710 employed in 2015, an increase of 12,400 since 2011. MBIE estimate(external link) that there were 31,000 workers in the top 62 construction related occupations in Canterbury for the rebuild in December 2015 compared with 15,000 before the earthquakes.
- The healthcare and social assistance sector is now the largest in Christchurch, passing manufacturing in 2010. In 2015 it had about 25,000 employees, an increase of 29% since 2000.
- Employment in the retail sector peaked in Christchurch City in 2008 with 21,680 employees. Employment then decreased by 10% until 2012 before gradually increasing to 20,690 employees in 2015.
Employment in High Tech Industries
Employment in Manufacturing & Wholesale Trade
Employment in Construction
Employment in Health & Social Assistance
More detail and information
Canterbury Job Matching report(external link): This report by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment provides a quarterly summary of employment trends relating to the Canterbury earthquake rebuild.
The Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) 2006(external link) is used to compile and analyse industry statistics in New Zealand and Australia.
CDC Innovation:(external link) CDC Innovation is a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) supported initiative to accelerate the commercialisation of innovation in Canterbury.
Christchurch Economic Development Strategy:(external link) The Christchurch Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) identifies long term growth goals and priorities to 2031 that will create a stronger economy and better quality of life.