Wednesday, 16th June, 2021

The latest Business Survey from the Auckland Business Chamber reveals over 40% of Auckland businesses intend to hire staff over the next three months which is positive for the economy but comes with significant barriers.

Over 71% of those businesses believe there is a skills shortage in their sector and in particular those associated with Hospitality, Technology, Construction, Manufacturing and the Supply Chain. The survey also suggested the demand was for high skilled workers (70%) versus low skilled.

The survey also found that 71% of businesses expected the economy to be the same or worse over the next 6 months but that individual businesses were more confident for their own activity. Over 70% of businesses believed that the opening up of the Australia border had been positive for their business.

Survey Responses – JUNE 2021

Size of businesses surveyed:

 

Sole Trader

1-19

20+

 

8%

66%

26%

The next six months compared to the last six months, the NZ economy will be:

 

Sole Trader

1-19

20+

Overall

Better

36%

28%

29%

29%

Same

32%

42%

39%

40%

Worse

32%

30%

32%

31%

In the next three months, do you intend on hiring?

 

Sole Trader

1-19

20+

Overall

Yes

11%

41%

58%

43%

No

89%

59%

42%

57%

Do you think there is a skill shortage in your sector?

 

Sole Trader

1-19

20+

Overall

Yes

59%

65%

90%

71%

No

41%

35%

10%

29%

Shortage in:

 

Sole Trader

1-19

20+

Overall

Low-skilled workers

19%

28%

32%

29%

High-skilled workers

81%

72%

68%

71%

The next six months my business activity will be:

 

Sole Trader

1-19

20+

Overall

Better

48%

38%

37%

39%

Same

41%

47%

45%

46%

Worse

11%

15%

18%

15%

The opening of the border between NZ, AUS, and the Islands has been:

 

Sole Trader

1-19

20+

Overall

Positive for my business

91%

73%

78%

76%

Negative for my business

9%

27%

22%

24%

 

For more information, please contact Michael Barnett on 027 563 1150
Michael Barnett, Chief Executive, Auckland Business Chamber