Jobs in Dunedin & Otago

In 2015, the region had an average unemployment rate of 3.8 per cent, compared with a national rate of 5.4 per cent.

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Dunedin, the region’s major city, is an important university city. Higher education, and the services associated with providing it, is a major employer. Region wide, agriculture, particularly sheep farming and dairying, construction and tourism are important economic drivers.

Otago contributed 4.3 per cent to national GDP (year ended March 2016), provides 4.7 per cent of national employment and is home to an estimated 4.7 per cent of the national population [Source: Statistics New Zealand data, 2017]. 

Job vacancies in the Otago region

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

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 Otago 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.

Otago Daily Times

Queenstown Mirror

Wanaka Sun

The News (Central Otago)

Mountain Scene

The Lakes Weekly Bulletin

Fiordland Advocate

Job search help

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.

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.

Business networking organisations 

Dunedin Business Support - the economic development agency for the Dunedin City Council.

Otago Chamber of Commerce - supports local businesses by offering advice, consultancy, training and networking opportunities.

Queenstown Chamber of Commerce - the local chamber of commerce supporting Queenstown businesses and employers.

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 Otago and Volunteering Central matche volunteers looking for volunteering roles with organisations looking for specific skills.

Volunteering Otago

Volunteering Central

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Page last updated: 11/08/2017

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