Tens of thousands new jobs are set to be created in the construction industry in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2012 to cope with the city being rebuilt following two destructive earthquakes last year.
New research by the Department of Labour suggests that around 24,000 construction related workers will be needed while other estimates put the figure at 48,000. Already hundreds of jobs have been created for people working on rebuilding roads.
Demand for construction related workers, especially carpenters, joiners and plasterers, will be particularly strong in 2012 according to the latest report from the Department.
Business professionals, including law and accountancy firms, are also now seeing increased demand. The New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants indicated that many of its Christchurch members had hired additional staff or were considering doing so due to the need to catch up on work delayed by the earthquakes and assisting clients with insurance claims.