In 2013, Otago had New Zealand's second lowest rate of unemployment.
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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.
Job Listings 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.
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 matches volunteers looking for volunteering roles with organisations looking for specific skills, and offers free to low-cost training for volunteers.