In 2018, Te Uru Rākau, the Forest Owners Association, and the Forest Industry Contractors Association surveyed the commercial silviculture and harvesting sector to better understand its labour requirements for 2019, and to gain the industry views of the main reasons for the labour shortages.
The survey was designed to better understand:
expected labour requirements, both seasonal and permanent roles, for the 2019 calendar year;
for which roles, and in which regions, silviculture contractors and harvesting contractors are experiencing challenges;
the recruitment strategies people intend to use in 2019; and
the industry’s views of the key reasons for the labour shortages.