A study by the government of New Zealand has revealed that almost 80% of businesses in the construction industry reported vacancies in 2016, with 58% saying some were "hard-to-fill".
Vacancies include newly created positions and jobs that have become vacant after a staff member left.
Businesses surveyed reported that trade-related skills, management or supervisory skills, and professional or technical skills were difficult to find in job applicants.
Team-working, oral communication and numeracy skills were the least difficult to find in applicants.
Almost 40,000 businesses were represented in the Business Operations Survey, and 76% reported staff vacancies, the same as in 2014.
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