Quality Jobs

Our industry is better positioned than most to step up for kiwis

Providing jobs in communities has long been identified as the number one way of improving the lifestyle of more and more kiwis throughout the country. A progressive oil and gas industry has the scale to make a major impact in our regions, by offering high value and high worth employment in the towns that need it the most.

Oil & Gas generates

Oil & Gas generates


High value jobs nationally. But where do these jobs go?

Satisfying jobs – high value and quality


Jobs in the oil and gas industry are generally associated with higher skill levels, higher rates of pay, and as a consequence, support higher standards of living.

Oil & Gas workers earn

Oil & Gas workers earn


the national average salary

Oil and Gas workers generate

Oil and Gas workers generate


more production value per hour than the average New Zealander

Because of the highly skilled nature of oil and gas activity, jobs in the industry are also high value jobs.

Oil and Gas workers, earning twice the national average salary, are New Zealand's most productive, creating seven times the average income earned per hour.

Taranaki, where oil and gas activity makes up 41% of regional GDP, had the second highest GDP per capita in New Zealand at $68,427 compared to a national average of $58,778.

What does that mean? It means oil and gas industry jobs and activity offer access to more satisfying, highly skilled jobs for kiwis. It also means that those jobs are more productive, generate more value for our economy and provide workers with significantly higher incomes and the obvious lifestyle benefits that come with that.

Challenges of being a small town

The Taranaki Story

The Taranaki Story


A strong oil and gas industry has helped Taranaki punch above its weight

Centred in Taranaki, the fundamental economic impact of the oil and gas industry is clear to see.

Statistics show that, on average, higher skilled workers and incomes accrue to our major urban centres – Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, drawn by large, higher value professional service industries.

Regions outside these main centres, often dependent on primary industry production, have lower rates of skilled employment and lower average household incomes.

Taranaki lifestyles, on the other hand, are clearly benefitting from the impact of the oil and gas industry.

Taranaki’s mean average income and percentage of skilled or highly skilled workers are the highest outside our main centres, and has over the last decade experienced the countries lowest rates of unemployment.

Align that with a generally lower cost of living (for example average house prices or rents) and the benefits of the oil and gas sector to the quality of life in Taranaki are clear.

4.2 Quality Jobs Taranaki IncomeSkills mix

Internationalisation and vibrancy

The oil and gas industry has had a noticeable impact on regional economies, largely due to the cosmopolitan nature of its employees.

In Taranaki the industry makes a key contribution to the region’s overall viability and vibrancy by attracting skilled individuals and their families to the region, with benefits in terms of employment and the quality and value of that employment.

A large proportion of the oil and gas workforce are highly-experienced overseas experts who bring with them an international dimension, cultural diversity and new ideas. A number of industry employees apply these skills and experiences across other sectors and throughout the community. They become active participants within the region and often, because of their expertise, take social and community governance roles. Their presence, as a result of oil and gas, has helped Taranaki attract a high calibre of skilled people – often a significant challenge for smaller regions.

At the same time, locals in the industry often work globally, and in doing so become exposed to international ideas and cultures, bringing these experiences back to the region. Taranaki benefits from this international connectivity which offsets geographic insularity – perceived or otherwise – and encourages diversity.

Making careers that matter


Oil and gas delivers higher value job opportunities

The oil and gas industry is a demanding environment, requiring highly skilled individuals at all levels of any given project - from geologists to scientists, mechanical and civil engineers, project managers and more.

These skill requirements drive partnerships between the industry and education providers around the country. Industry scholarships, papers and electives, trades and training, all introduced at tertiary level (including universities and polytechnics and through industry training organisations) result in meaningful career pathways for New Zealanders.

The presence and potential of the industry is driving knowledge and skill development across a range of disciplines within New Zealand’s research, education and business communities. 

Upskilling the workforce

Upskilling the workforce


Oil and gas invests in training and education.

The Energy Skills Association of New Zealand (ESANZ) is committed to attracting, promoting and developing talent for the New Zealand energy industry.
ESANZ consists of a collaboration between ten upstream and downstream energy companies based and operating in New Zealand.
The Association has developed several training programmes in partnership with providers, such as the Western Institute of Technology, that provide opportunities for people to gain energy level employment in the industry.
Analysis is conducted by ESANZ to assess where the industry skill shortage areas are at certain stages, and programmes are developed to help ensure the industry has the required labour resource.
ESANZ also has a strong commitment towards educating the community, especially schools, about the workings of the New Zealand Energy industry. Initiatives include assisting in the development of curriculum, public introductory courses to the industry, secondary and university interactive days and an annual science fair.

Energy Skills Association

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