Jobs in the West Coast
Agriculture, particularly dairying, is a key driver of the West Coast economy, together with mining and tourism. Recent diversification is also seeing growth in fishing and forestry.
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While the job market is small, local economic development initiatives have contributed to one of New Zealand’s lowest rates of unemployment.
The West Coast contributed 0.61 per cent to national GDP (year ended March 2016) and is home to an estimated 0.7 per cent of the national population [Source: Statistics New Zealand data, 2017].
Job vacancies in the West Coast region
Trade Me Jobs - lists a number of jobs on the West Coast.
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 on the West Coast 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.
Business networking organisations
Development West Coast - the economic development agency for the West Coast Regional Council.
Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce - supports businesses on the West Coast by offering advice, consultancy, training and networking opportunities.
Venus Network- a business network for women
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