High demand for construction and ICT project managers
Chances of getting a job as a construction project manager are good. They are in demand to manage:
- infrastructure projects that are in progress or planned for the next five years
- large-scale housing projects to address the housing shortage.
Demand for information and communication technologies (ICT) project managers is also high due to more organisations making ICT improvements and implementing new software systems.
However, there are not enough project managers to meet demand. As a result, the roles of construction project manager and ICT project manager both appear on Immigration New Zealand's long-term skill shortage list. Construction project manager also appears on Immigration New Zealand's construction and infrastructure skill shortage list. This means the Government is actively encouraging skilled project managers from overseas to work in New Zealand.
Steady demand for project managers from public and private sectors
Demand for project managers in areas outside ICT and construction is steady. Public and private organisations consistently need staff to ensure projects are completed on time.
According to the Census, 19,131 project managers worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Types of employers varied
Most project managers work as permanent employees or self-employed contractors in:
- engineering, construction and property
- project management firms.