The Great New Zealand Tradies Shortage

New Zealand has a widespread problem from one end of the country to the other  which is a general shortage of good traits people. This shortage is fundamentally due to poor planning over the last few decades buy both government and the trade sector, and an inability for the government in particular to recognise  how vital the trade sector is to the growth of the New Zealand economy.

 The problem is that young people have either been actively discouraged or not proactively encouraged to enter into a trade, and instead a lot of emphasis has been put on the importance of getting a good university degree. The trouble is that trades have generally been regarded as a lower status then professional work, which is ironic given that in the end it is the trades people that are responsible for delivering the final result of any cleaning work carried out by professionals. It is the trades people that are responsible for public health and safety on a massive scale, and their input is massively devalued by Society.

This is even more ironic when you consider the advantages for Tradies. They can leave school straight into an apprenticeship and  be earning good money while there University counterparts a building up massive study debts. Apprentices attend high level courses for two to three days every week and  after 2 to 4 years they can have a good qualification that entitles them to be able to do more skilled work and eventually to set up their own business.

Apprentice builders for example can even start building your own home on the side, although government regulation prevents them from building more than 2 homes for themselves over 18 year. However the profits they can accumulate from building your own home can enable them to generate significant wealth, and get a big head start in this area over their University qualified peers. In the current market where there is a widespread shortage of good trades people of all types, prices to householders are naturally higher then otherwise, since there is no competition. Trades like plumbers builders and electricians Gisborne can really benefit from this shortage, with reference mean another good example.


The challenge for the government, if they want tens of thousands of more new homes in Auckland for example, is to put in place policies that actively encourage young people to go into apprenticeships. This is very sensible, particularly  as there is a distinct sector or young people who are just not suited to university work. Need good thing about apprenticeships in a trade is that there will always be work.