The New Zealand Labour Market: Recent Trends and Future Prospects


  • Patrick Conway Department of Labour
  • Nick Carroll Department of Labour



Employment growth, unemployment rate, real wage growth


This paper outlines developments over the past 15 years in the New Zealand labour market, concentrating on the recent period, and discusses the likely outlook for the next few years. Changes in the labour market in the past two years have, to varying degrees, reflected recovery in the New Zealand economy from the weakness that was recorded during 1997-98. One common theme in the labour market over the past two years has been the uneven nature of the recovery, both across sectors and over time.


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Author Biographies

Patrick Conway, Department of Labour

Acting Manager Opportunities in the Labour Market Policy Group

Nick Carroll, Department of Labour

Trainee Analyst in the Labour Market Policy Group