Manufacturing jobs to decline
There will be fewer manufacturing jobs in the long term, but they will be more highly-skilled, a report by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment forecasts. Disruption in the industry is expected to create safer specialised jobs, as robots undertake more hazardous tasks and increase efficiency and profitability. The sector contributed 12 per cent of New Zealand’s real GDP, or $23 billion, last year. The past 10 years had been a ‘‘game of two halves’’, the report said. Overall manufacturing output declined in the 10 years to 2017, largely due to the impact of the GFC. But the sector’s output has slowly been rising again – a trend mostly driven by food and beverage manufacturing.