Construction boom and building issues create demand for building surveyors
Demand for building surveyors is strong due to:
- a construction boom that is predicted to last until 2021, meaning more building work will need to be assessed
- the extra 22,000 houses that are needed over the next 10 years in Auckland
- the need for assessment of buildings that are leaky, earthquake-prone or contain asbestos, and the rebuilds of such buildings
- building work to repair earthquake damage in Wellington and Kaikoura
- the Christchurch rebuild
- an ageing workforce – many building inspectors and surveyors are approaching retirement and will need to be replaced.
Although the number of building surveyors is increasing, there is still a shortage of workers. As a result, building surveyor appears on Immigration New Zealand's regional and construction and infrastructure skill shortage lists. This means the Government is actively encouraging skilled building surveyors from overseas to work in New Zealand.
According to the Census, 1,002 building surveyors worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Demand for building surveyors and inspectors strongest in Auckland
Building surveyors are in demand all over New Zealand, but the strongest demand is in Auckland.
Types of employers varied
Most building surveyors work for city, regional or district councils, or independent construction or building inspection companies.
About a quarter are self-employed.