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Job market & key industries

A diverse range of openings to work in New Zealand

Jobs in New Zealand in key employment sectors

Is it a good time to be looking for jobs in New Zealand? Definitely - especially if you have the right skills.

New Zealand’s employment market has been gathering steam steadily since the global financial crisis - a trend that’s set to continue.

There are many job openings for specialists in industries such as medicine, engineering and IT. But there are also opportunities to contribute more generalist skills.

Skills in demand

Some skills are in chronically short supply, and Immigration New Zealand has lists of skill shortages.

If you are offered a job in New Zealand which appears on a skill shortage list and you have the qualifications and experience to match, getting a work and residence visa will be easier. This is because the Government has identified that employers need to recruit people from overseas to help meet demand for your skills.

Currently, the lists cover skills in these areas:

  Long term shortages Immediate shortages Canterbury shortages
Agriculture and forestry  
Construction
Education  
Engineering
Finance/business  
Health and social services  
ICT and electronics    
Oil and gas    
Recreation, hospitality & tourism  
Science  
Telecommunications  
Trades
Transport  

A full list of current skill shortages in New Zealand can be found by using our handy tool:

Skill shortage list checker | Immigration New Zealand

Other skills and avenues

If your skills aren’t on the shortage lists or you’d really like to go for residency, it may still be possible to get a visa.

For instance, you may be able to apply for residency as a Skilled Migrant. You may also be able to apply for a work visa if you’re offered a job by an employer who can’t find a local worker for the vacancy.

Visas to Work | Move to NZ

Job market overview

Job vacancies on the two main internet boards rose a solid 15.4% through 2013, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Vacancies are now at levels not seen since mid 2008 and employers are reporting difficulties finding skilled labour.

Business confidence is at a 20-year high (NZIER), while unemployment was down to 6.2% by September 2013, well below the OECD overall average then of 7.9%. (Our unemployment has been below the OECD average for over a decade.)

The economy will add over 100,000 jobs (4.4% growth) in the two years to 2016, according to the Government.

Particularly strong jobs growth is expected in the Auckland and Canterbury regions and in the construction and utilities industries

Highly skilled jobs (managers and professionals across a number of areas) will be in consistently high demand, accounting for about 50% of overall employment growth.

For the latest overview, visit the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Market Update.

Survey of Business Opinion | NZIER

Short term employment prospects | MBIE (PDF 694KB)

Labour market and skills research | MBIE
 

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Register your interest

Take the first step to a new life by registering your interest with Immigration New Zealand. We’ll send you personalised emails about job opportunities in your profession, life in New Zealand and choosing the right visa.

 

 

If you are offered a New Zealand job which appears on a skill shortage list and you have the qualifications and experience to match, getting a work visa will be easier.