Businesses operating in this sector are mainly engaged in performing routine support activities for the day-to-day operations of other businesses or organisations.

This includes businesses providing administrative support services such as office administration; hiring and placing personnel for others; preparing documents; taking orders for clients by telephone; providing credit reporting or collecting services; arranging travel and travel tours. Other types of support services relate to activities such as building management and cleaning services; pest control services; gardening services; and packaging products for others.

This sector plays an integral role in supporting all other sectors of the economy and can, therefore, provide services to a variety of clients.

Christchurch Quick Facts

  • Contributes approximately $503 million to Christchurch GDP (Infometrics’ Estimate year ended June 2014, $2010)
  • Accounts for around three percent of GDP in Christchurch
  • Around 1,403 business units are based in Christchurch (2014, Statistics New Zealand)
  • Has around 11,690 employees (2014, Statistics New Zealand)
Administrative and Support Services Sector Employment Breakdown, 2014
Source: Statistics New Zealand
Sub-SectorEmployee Count% of total
Employment Services615053%
Travel Agency Services5805%
Other Administrative Services167014%
Building Cleaning, Pest Control and Other Support Services329028%
Total11,690