Canterbury employment

Along with Auckland, Canterbury leads New Zealand for growth in employment. In 2013 over 19,000 new jobs were added, representing 5.9% growth.

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Growth in the region was strongest in retail, accommodation and construction. 

The strong economy in Canterbury has seen unemployment fall to just 2.8 percent in the June 2014 quarter, this is the lowest level since 2008. 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.  

Job Listings in the Canterbury region

Canterbury Skills & Employment Hub  - provides job-matching and immigration facilitation services for migrants looking for work associated with the rebuild.

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

Seek - New Zealand's largest general job website.

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.

Careers New Zealand - lists recruitment companies in New Zealand.


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

Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce (CECC)  - provides a programme connecting Canterbury employers with newcomers' skills. 

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

Careers NZ - offers a free service to assist with your job search and can 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. 

New Kiwis  - provides a programme linking New Zealand employers with skilled migrants living in New Zealand, or who are in the process of emigrating.

Volunteer support organisations

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

Business networking organisations 

Canterbury Development Corporation - 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.

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Page last updated: 10/02/2015

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