The College initiates a workforce survey annually. It provides data and trend information on retirement, income, employment status, working hours and demographics. Each year there is an additional focus on one or two particular issues. 

What is the workforce survey?

Our annual survey data is invaluable when identifying areas of general practice that need attention, as well as shaping the College’s strategic objectives. The government, health organisations and the public can also tap into our insights to help make informed decisions for the future.

Over the next five years, 27 percent of GPs intend to retire. Over the next 10 years, 47 percent intend to retire. Read more about the 2018 Workforce Survey.

2018 Workforce Survey

Part 1 of our 2018 general practice workforce survey looks at the demographics of New Zealand’s GP workforce – as well as looking intoworking arrangements and wellbeing – and the all-important area: ‘retirement intentions’.

Part 2 identifies factors that might encourage part-time GPs (and those nearing retirement) to increase their working hours. We also collected data on GP-to-GP referrals and asked GPs how often they change practices.


Workforce Survey Report tool

Check out our interactive workforce survey report tool which allows you to customize the findings of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 workforce surveys in detail to find out more about areas of general practice that you're interested in. To access the tool click here and use the login "guest" and password "guest". 

2017 Workforce Reports


2016 Workforce Reports


Previous years workforce surveys

For other views of New Zealand’s health workforce please read: