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Butchers

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Job Prospects... At a glance

Job prospects for butchers are good. Demand for workers is increasing and it should relatively easy to find work. The income for butchers is average.

How to become a butcher

What they do

Butchers select, cut, prepare and sell meat. Some work in independent butcher shops, while others work in supermarkets.

Qualifications

A National Certificate in Meat Retail Butchery is needed to become a qualified butcher. This certificate exists at Levels 2, 3 and 4. It is managed by Competenz, and achieved by completing an apprenticeship.

The New Zealand Apprenticeships scheme is available for anyone over the age of 16, and is subsidised by the government. More information on the scheme is on the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) website.

TEC: www.tec.govt.nz/teo/working-with-teos/itos/new-zealand-apprenticeships

Cost of study

National Certificate in Meat Retail Butchery (Level 3, apprenticeship)
$6,000 over three and a half years

Sometimes, employers will cover some or all of the costs of an apprenticeship.

Rents vary from place to place. Estimated market rents by region, city and suburb are available on the MBIE Tenancy Services website.

The StudyLink website provides general budget advice for students, and the Sorted website provides help with detailed budget planning.

Tenancy Services: www.tenancy.govt.nz/rent-bond-and-bills
StudyLink: www.studylink.govt.nz
Sorted: www.sorted.org.nz/calculators/money-planner

Where to study

The Industry Training Organisation (ITO) that looks after training for butchers is Competenz. They arrange apprenticeships nationwide.

Competenz: www.competenz.org.nz

Income and employment prospects

Income

The annual income for butchers is estimated to be around $40,000. Inexperienced butchers and new apprentices are likely to start out on the minimum or training wage.

Estimated Average Income
$40,000

Source: MBIE estimates based on Statistics NZ Census and Labour Cost Index

Employment and skill shortages

Butchers’ employment

HistoricProjected Growth
2006 2013 2020 2025
3,666 3,426 4,507 5,309
  -1.0% 4.0% 3.3%

Source: Statistics NZ Census and MBIE projections. Percentages are compound annual growth rates.
* Growth projections are based on the category “Food Trades Workers”.

The number of butchers in employment fell by almost 1% per year from 2006 to 2013. Within the broader category of food trades workers, we expect a large increase in employment going forward to 2025. If this extends to butchers, it should be easy for prospective butchers to get established.

Employment chart

Source: Statistics NZ Census and MBIE projections

Butchers are not on Immigration New Zealand's skill shortage lists.

Immigration NZ, skill shortage list: skillshortages.immigration.govt.nz

Where to find job vacancies

Since 2008, the number of online job vacancies for ‘Butchers and Smallgoods Makers’ has grown at a faster rate than the average for all vacancies. This indicates that demand for butchers has grown faster than the average for all occupations over the same period.

Jobs advertised chart

Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Butcher vacancies are advertised through public media such as the Trade Me Jobs and Seek websites.

Trade Me Jobs: www.trademe.co.nz/jobs
Seek: www.seek.co.nz

Career path

Experienced butchers can become supervisors or managers at a butcher shop, or in the butchery section of a supermarket. Some also go on to establish their own businesses. Competenz has an overview of career opportunities for butchers.

Competenz, career path: www.competenz.org.nz/industries/food-and-beverage/butchery

Related occupations

The following occupations are related roles or alternative titles. Some of the roles may require a higher level of skill than entry-level butchers.

  • Baker
  • Butcher's Assistant
  • Chef
  • Food Factory Worker
  • Meat Inspector
  • Meat Process Worker
  • Meat Retailer
  • Smallgoods Maker

Other information

Links

More information on butchers is available on the Careers New Zealand website and through the "Just the Job" videos.

Careers New Zealand: www.careers.govt.nz 
Just the Job video clip: A Career in the Retail Meat Industry
Just the Job video clip: A Career in Meat Processing

ANZSCO

The Australian New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) is the official classification of occupations in New Zealand.

The occupation of butchers has been coded to the following ANZSCO code for the purpose of this report:

3512 – Butchers and Smallgoods Makers