Jobs in Christchurch & Canterbury

Along with Auckland, Canterbury leads New Zealand for growth in employment.
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Growth in the region was strongest in retail, accommodation and construction. The strong economy in Canterbury sees unemployment at just 3.7 percent at the end of 2016. With such a strong labour market, the region is attracting national and international job seekers across all sectors, particularly construction, high-value manufacturing and IT.  

Canterbury contributed 12.4 per cent to national GDP (year ended June 2018), provides 13.5 per cent of national employment and is home to 12.8 per cent of the national population. [Source: Statistics New Zealand data, 2018].

Job vacancies in the Canterbury region

Trade Me Jobs  - lists a large number of jobs in Canterbury.

Seek - New Zealand's largest general job website.

New Kiwis - an online programme connecting skilled job seekers (local and global) with New Zealand employers.

Workhere - specifically designed to connect offshore skilled workers and Kiwi expats with New Zealand employers.

Work and Income - jobs available in Canterbury for Job Seekers. - lists recruitment companies in New Zealand.

Enterprise North Canterbury - job listings from employers in the North Canterbury area.


Most local newspapers publish jobs available in the area in the Situations Vacant column.

The Press - the largest circulating daily newspaper in the South Island.

The Christchurch Star - includes 6 community newspapers around Christchurch.

Ashburton Guardian - an independently-owned local newspaper in Ashburton.

The Courier - a free community newspaper delivered to Ashburton and the surrounding areas.

The Timaru Herald  - the main daily newspaper in the South Canterbury region.

Job search help

PEETO - offers employment advocacy and training for migrant and refugee job seekers

Tips for recent migrants | - a free service to assist with your job search and prepare you for employment in the local labour market.

Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) - a government department helping to find employment for residents or those with a valid work permit. 

Work Talk | English Language Partners - an intensive, four-week course for confident users of English. Here, you will learn how to prepare your CV, approach employers, and practice for job interviews.

Volunteer support organisations

Volunteering is a great way to gain work experience, meet new people, learn about your community, and improve your English skills.

The Student Volunteer Army (SVA)  - set up after the 2010 Canterbury earthquake and continues to engage in environmental and community projects. 

Volunteering Canterbury - helps match volunteers to organisations needing assistance.

Pacific Business Trust - Assists Pacific Island business owners take advantage of opportunities available. Helps with financial advice, networks, etc.

Business networking organisations 

ChristchurchNZ - the economic development agency for the Christchurch City Council. 

Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce (CECC) - supports local businesses by offering advice, consultancy, training and networking opportunities.

Canterbury Business Association (CBA) - supports migrants and refugees with business support.

South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce - offers networking opportunities and business relationship building.

Enterprise North Canterbury - offers networking events and further business training opportunities.

Venus Network- a business network for women


Volunteering is a great way to gain work experience, meet new people, learn about your community, and improve your English skills.

Volunteering Canterbury matches volunteers looking for volunteering roles with organisations looking for specific skills, and offers free to low-cost training for volunteers.

Volunteering Canterbury

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