2016 Sport and Recreation Paid Workforce Survey Research Series

In February, Sport NZ commissioned research firm, Angus and Associates to survey paid workers in sport and recreation organisations. We had a fantastic response, with more than 100 organisations involved and well over 1,000 people completing the survey.

The survey report provides interesting insights into the needs, attitudes, motivations and behaviours of people working in sport and recreation organisations.  It highlights a number of opportunities, as well as some serious employment and retention risks. While the workforce is well qualified, highly motivated and has an inherent passion for the work of the sector, there is also evidence of frustration and dissatisfaction – particularly about workloads, long working-hours, resourcing, recognition and leadership.

The report suggests our sector would benefit from better workforce planning and management practices, as well as more effective HR processes.  Effective workforce planning is as much about creating a great working environment as it is about understanding the people and skill-sets you need now and in the future.

Participating organisations with ten or more people completing the survey have received their own, confidential report showing their organisation’s results in key areas and how these compare with other similar-type organisations, as well as the wider sport and recreation sector.

For further information contact Gretchen Young, gretchen.young@sportnz.org.nz or on (+64) 21 597 427.


Workforce development activities

This research was commissioned to support better workforce planning and talent development activities within the sport and recreation sector. For further information on workforce planning please see Sport NZ’s website:



Angus and Associates for Sport New Zealand



June 23, 2016


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