Where do you think the greatest potential to lift service industry productivity lies – in a more open occupational licensing regime, through more customer-driven competition, or through greater technological innovation and uptake?
The Productivity Commission plans to explore two of these three areas in detail and is asking in an interim report released last week for guidance on which two.
Submissions close on 23 August 2013.
Focus of inquiry – what’s in
- wholesale trade
- retail trade
- transport, postal and warehousing
- information media and telecommunications
- finance and insurance
- professional, scientific and technical
- accommodation and food
- rental, hiring and real estate
- administrative and support
- arts and recreation, and
- other - personal care services, funeral services, professional and labour association and other interested group services.
- Is there an appropriate balance between the costs and benefits that stem from the occupational licensing regime in the services sector?
- How can consumers be stimulated to drive greater competition in New Zealand services markets and is there a role for the government? Is there scope, say, to use the information required by the new KiwiSaver periodic disclosure rules to develop a variant of the ‘What’s my number’ campaign for the KiwiSaver market?
- Are there barriers to the successful application of information and communications technologies (ICT) and how can these be addressed? For example, are concerns about privacy and security inhibiting the adoption of cloud computing?
- A service is something that can be bought and sold, but not carried.
- For Statistics New Zealand, it is “everything produced outside the primary and good-producing sectors”.
- Or it involves intangible rather than tangible products and/or a rental contract rather than transfer of ownership. So legal advice is a service because it is intangible and hiring a car is a service because you hire rather than buy the car.