Govt: Infrastructure projects creating jobs

  • 27/01/2016
Finance Minister Bill English
Finance Minister Bill English

Roading and other infrastructure projects are creating thousands of jobs around the country, the Government says.

It's estimated major roading projects will involve around 35,000 jobs while work on state highways provides a further 2100, Finance Minister Bill English and Employment Minister Steven Joyce said in a joint statement today.

Ultra-fast broadband and rural broadband work was expected to result in more than 4000 jobs, with a further 3000 from major rail upgrades, they said.

Over the next 10 years, central and local government are expected to spend $110 billion on infrastructure.

"Quality infrastructure networks such as transport, telecommunications, energy and water help to give businesses confidence to invest another dollar and employ another person," the ministers said.

"But infrastructure development also creates jobs directly."