Workforce Information Platform helps industry plan ahead
The Workforce Information Platform (WIP) converts the dollar value of planned and active projects into the workforce and occupations needed to put that work in place.
Industry could be heading towards crunch time in terms of delayed work due to insufficient skilled workers coming through the pipeline, let alone other pressures and strains on the sector. The Workforce Information Platform (WIP) converts the dollar value of planned and active projects into the workforce and occupations needed to put that work in place. Industry is finding it hard to find people now, but the supply-demand gap is forecast to hit 150% of the existing workforce nationally by June 2023.
Waihanga Ara Rau has been ensuring its Workforce Information Platform (WIP) WIP.org.nz can keep you informed with all the latest available data to help you plan ahead. WIP is a forecasting tool that displays national and regional gaps and surpluses with the construction and infrastructure labour market determined by the project pipeline and other data from Pacifecon, Stats NZ Building Consents and QV.
Waihanga Ara Rau, GM Strategy and Insights, Mark Williams says, “Knowing what the project pipeline looks like in dollars and then translating it into how many people you need to put the work in place is a very useful tool. WIP is a publicly available tool to help the conversation around where the gaps are and even where and when construction projects are. It helps smooth off some peaks and troughs in the construction sector, and we hope it helps to avoid some boom and bust as well.
“Users can drill down to view the project pipeline by region, building type, territorial authority, project initiator and by trade, and the Workforce section shows labour forecasts by region, strategic cluster or occupation. It’s very intuitive.”
WIP can predict employment and skill requirements based on the nature, value, and timing of infrastructure projects around the motu. Regional Skills Leadership Groups (RSLGs) are using WIP to engage with industry, economic development, and vocational education collaborators to help plan labour market strategies for their region, which has helped inform their recently published regional workforce plans.
Led by Waihanga Ara Rau, WIP.org.nz is a government-funded Covid-19 Response Project.