In two encounters this week, BayBuzz got two pictures of who’s ‘big man/woman on campus’ here in Hawke’s Bay, economically speaking.
In one case, it appeared the health industry was the big kahuna, with the claim that health employed 5,000-6,000 of Hawke’s Bay workers.
At another event, the familiar refrain was that agriculture ran the HB show, and woe to those who didn’t appreciate the need for more RSE workers!
So we decided to look up the employment numbers from neutral government stats.
Here’s what we found.
Health care – roughly 7,048 workers, with most of these – not all – relatively well paid. As follows:
Allied health services: 1,075
General practice: 944
And being generous because of the health care component (and recognizing the ‘system’ wants to throw more health care to the ‘grassroots’):
Residential care: 874
Aged care: 1,516
Agriculture – roughly 11,472 workers, from low-paid pickers to quite wealthy corporate execs, as follows:
Apple & pear growing: 3,131
Other ag & fishing support: 2,554
Meat processing: 2,407
Sheep-beef cattle farming: 1,539
Fruit/vegetable processing 1,338
Wine & alcohol beverages 503
So, in sheer number of jobs, Ag sector clearly wins. Plus the dollar value of the goods produced is enormous.
However, in terms of the value of those jobs, our guess is that Health sector wins, both because they pay more to employees and because healing and saving lives has to count more.
In case you were wondering, Education is no slouch, employing 5,487 teachers across pre-school (1,133), primary school (2,219), secondary (1,537) and tertiary (598).
BTW, Hawke’s Bay employs about 85,000. Want to see where you fit in? Check this chart. All numbers pre-Covid.