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Help achieve New Zealand's productivity potential by joining the Productivity Commission whānau.


Job vacancy: Senior advisor

Support the development of high profile inquiries, deep dive into topics, and develop your problem solving skills

You will be a capable and developing professional with a broad range of subject matter expertise. Given the breadth of the role this could include, but not be limited to, public policy analysis, economics, quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies. You will love working across a wide range of contexts, learning new things, creative problem solving and seeing the bigger picture. 

You will be working in an independent Crown entity where you will provide advice to the Government and to the New Zealand public on improving productivity in a way that is directed to supporting the overall well-being of all New Zealanders.

The Commission conducts inquiries on a diverse range of contemporary issues selected by the Government. Its unique role stems from its ability and mandate to produce in-depth, comprehensive economic research, engaging with a wide range of communities of interest and population groups in New Zealand society, typically over a 12-18-month timeframe. 

To find out more and to apply: See the SEEK job advert here.

About us

The New Zealand Productivity Commission - Te Kōmihana Whai Hua o Aotearoa - is an independent Crown entity that provides evidence-based advice to the Government on improving productivity in a way that is directed to supporting the overall wellbeing of New Zealanders, having regard to a wide range of communities of interest and population groups.

We conduct in-depth inquiries on a diverse range of topics selected by the Government, carry out productivity-related research and promote better understanding of productivity issues.

In the coming years, our work will look beyond traditional measures of economic success, such as GDP, and have greater emphasis on intergenerational wellbeing outcomes. We will also be extending our engagement to interact with a wider range of New Zealanders and explore new communications activities to increase the impact of our work (as per our Letter of expectations).

Find out more about what we do:

Front cover of annual report  Statement of performance expectations Statement of intent

Productivity is about getting more output for less input. How productive we are as a country impacts us all - how much we get paid, the quality of teaching for our children and the quality of healthcare available.

New Zealand’s productivity record is poor. Over time New Zealand’s productivity growth has been overtaken and outperformed by most countries in the OECD and it has now fallen to a below average position. No initiatives have had the cut-through to lift New Zealand’s productivity. Working more hours and putting more people into work continues to be the main way that GDP has grown.

The Commission’s work focuses on identifying the drivers of, and the barriers to, improved productivity. Our inquiries put forward detailed policy recommendations to the Government to improve productivity performance in specific areas. Our work has been influential on many fronts.

For more on productivity, read Productivity by the numbers.

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  • We look at the big picture to influence high-level decisions about the economy.
  • We engage with a diverse range of people, groups and communities across Aotearoa to make sure we understand the issues.
  • We are known for our rigorous quantitative and qualitative analysis.
  • Our independence enables us to work across government agencies and policy portfolios to give advice on difficult and often politically sensitive topics.
  • Our inquiries are diverse and often topical, addressing the big opportunities and challenges facing Aotearoa.
  • Our work contributes to significant policy reform that leads to improved economic, social and environmental outcomes for all New Zealanders.
  • We offer a friendly and intellectually stimulating workplace, working with some of the top economists in New Zealand.
  • We are passionate about the work that we do.
  • We value and embrace differences and diverse ways of thinking and being.
  • We support staff to develop to their full potential eg, via study assistance, secondments, training courses and mentoring.
  • We aim to increase staff knowledge and appreciation of Te Ao Māori eg, via Te Reo courses and our kapa haka group.
  • We care for your wellbeing, offering flexible working arrangements and a range of wellbeing support eg, vision care, flu injections and an employee assistance programme.
  • We are committed to becoming an equal opportunities employer who knows equity, diversity and inclusion lead to stronger organisational performance.

Ambitious – Like our Māori name says, whai hua, we pursue abundance. We are passionate about a better standard of living for New Zealanders and will strive to maximise our impact. We build others’ awareness of how productivity supports their ambitions and aspirations.

Productive – We produce great work that is evidence-based, robust, workable and well-communicated. We practice what we preach by being innovative, prioritising and spending no more than needed to do our job well. To add more value in the future, we keep lifting the analytical bar and stretching our own skills.

Real-world – To help our work be relevant and credible, we get out-and-about to understand views and impacts of our work. Our door is always open. Message is only as good as delivery so we talk to people in their language. An international outlooks helps us learn the best from others.

Supportive – Lifting productivity is a team game. Internally, we share knowledge, and value and support each other. Our work informs and supports others, so we understand their needs and how best to meet them.

Even-handed – Impartiality and integrity are the backbone of our success. We work in a principled and robust way, using fair and open processes to understand issues and different views. Respectful of others, we play the issue and not the player. We are influenced by argument, not association.

The Commission is committed to upholding the mana of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles. We acknowledge the status of Māori as tangata whenua – the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand. This includes:

  • Working to achieve the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in our work.
  • Engaging with Māori in a Te Tiriti-based partnership by actively seeking Māori input into inquiry processes to bring a Te Ao Māori perspective to our work.
  • Further developing and maintaining our capability to engage with Māori and to understand Māori perspectives as they may relate to our work.

We are focused on providing staff with the knowledge and skills to appreciate and understand Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Māori language, culture and protocols.