Research and projects

Albert Einstein said, 'If we knew what we were doing, it would not be called research!' We're constantly trying to keep our finger on the pulse and scanning for trends and data that may impact our workforce. Here you'll find a bunch of  relevant research, as well as updates and information on some of the key projects we're working on. 

Key projects

CCRT Workforce Development Project

In March 2021, Skills Active was contracted by TEC to lead a research project which would inform the development of a Covid-responsive workforce strategy for the creative, cultural, recreation and tech sectors. This work was done in partnership with Infometrics and drawing on support, research and publications from across the sectors. The research, including an Environmental Scan and data dashboards to inform next stage of the mahi, was completed in September and gifted to Toi Mai, the incoming WDC.

Read more about the project here

Introducing Skills Active Te Mahi Ako

As part of the reform of vocational education, Skills Active is establishing a new, independent provider, to take over work-based learning for our sectors: Skills Active Te Mahi Ako.

Find out more




The Skills Active Workforce Scan is our periodic research document on New Zealand's sport, recreation and performing arts industries and the workforce that drives them. Click on the chapters to read about your industry. 

2020 Workforce Scan

Exercise Industry Scan 2020

Performing Arts Industry Scan 2020

Outdoor Recreation Industry Scan 2020

Sport, Community Recreation and Aquatics Industry Scan 2020

2018 Workforce Scan

Full Workforce Scan 2018

Exercise Industry Scan 2018

Performing Arts Industry Scan 2018

Outdoor Recreation Industry Scan 2018

Sport, Community Recreation and Aquatics Industry Scan 2018

Dive Industry Scan 2018

Snowsport Industry Scan 2018





At Your Service Aotearoa BERL Report - 2017

The At Your Service Aotearoa BERL Report outlines the size and value of New Zealand's service industries, including sport and recreation, health, aged care, social services, retail, hospitality, hair and beauty, and more - represented by Skills Active and its fellow ITOs Careerforce, HITO and ServiceIQ.

At Your Service Aotearoa BERL Report


Sport and Recreation Sector Workforce to 2026 - 2013

BERL Economics reports on the current size and make-up of New Zealand’s sport and recreation sector workforce, as well as its future outlook through to 2026. This report was commissioned by Sport NZ in collaboration with Skills Active and New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA).

Sport and Recreation Sector Workforce to 2026



This Workforce Planning Framework outlines how Sport New Zealand, the New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA) and Skills Active will work with sport and recreation partners to make research and information available; provide advice, support, guidelines and resources; and raise awareness and promote workforce planning practices. 

 Workforce Planning Framework 2014