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Business & finance jobs

Here’s your chance to combine outstanding career opportunities with a lifestyle you simply won’t find anywhere else.

Imagine being able to apply and develop your business or finance skills in a globally connected environment – then in half an hour or less, be relaxing on a beach, hiking through beautiful native bush, pounding down a mountain bike track or just chilling with friends in your back garden over a fine New Zealand craft beer or wine.

That’s what you can look forward to when you bring your skills to New Zealand.

Business and finance jobs in new zealand

A great place to be in business

Over the past 30 years, New Zealand has transformed into a successful and resilient free market with an open economy. Annual growth reached around 4% in 2016, easing back to 2.8% in 2018. The government predicts post pandemic GDP to rebound strongly with growth of 2.6% in 2022, rising to 3.8% by 2024.

We’re the easiest place in the world to do business, according to The World Bank’s 2020 rankings. They also rank us first in the world for ease of starting a business.

Forbes magazine consistently ranks us one of the five best countries in the world for business.

Forbes consistently ranks us one of the five best countries in the world for business. 

The International Tax Foundation’s 2020 index puts New Zealand third amongst OECD countries for tax competitiveness

Transparency International’s 2019 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) ranks us first equal with Denmark as the world’s two least corrupt countries out of 180.

The Heritage Foundation in 2020 ranked our economy the third freest in the Index of Economic Freedom

And the World Economic Forum rated us No.1 in the world for our  macroeconomic stability and corporate governance.

 

Ours is a mixed and highly de-regulated economy. It’s powered mainly by a highly efficient agriculture sector but also benefits from a flourishing manufacturing sector, a thriving tourism industry, and a strong renewable energy resource base.

Economic overview

Ease of doing business | World bank

International Tax Competitiveness | Tax Foundation

Corruption Perception Index | Transparency International

Index of Economic Freedom | Heritage Foundation

Global Competitiveness Index | World Economic Forum

 

Different - but challenging

As a free, open and export-reliant economy, New Zealand businesses have to compete to international standards.

You can expect a busy work environment where you’ll be challenged, extended and expected to keep pace with global best practice.

Our businesses do tend to be smaller than businesses in bigger economies – but that has benefits. Flatter structures position you that much closer to the decision makers and give you a much broader perspective than is possible when you’re confined to highly specialised silos.

Working in smaller businesses also means you’re often challenged with opportunities to do things outside your specialty, expanding your skill set.

A large and thriving sector

The service sector overall accounts for nearly two thirds of our GDP. It’s a big part of our economy offering all sorts of roles and opportunities for people with business skills.

The financial and insurance services subsector is also important - in 2019, it contributed $17.4bn to GDP (nearly 6%).

There are 26 banks and 24 non-bank deposit takers registered with the Reserve Bank. There are around 86 insurers, accounting for NZ$32 billion in assets, operating in one of the least regulated insurance markets in the world.

The Heritage Foundation in 2019 ranked our economy the third freest in the Index of Economic Freedom

Digitally connected

New Zealand’s internet infrastructure is advanced and efficient.

We have a near-nationwide high speed fibre network giving most fibre-linked businesses and households 100 Mbps connections and options for up to 950 Mbps download and 450 Mbps upload.

Global broadband ranking service Ookla rated New Zealand’s average speed at November 2020 as 143 Mbps, 22nd out of 174 countries rated.

WFH (‘Working From Home’) for at least some of the time is increasingly accepted by employers.

Our capital city Wellington has even been recognised as “one of the world’s top destinations for remote workers and digital nomads.”

Business and finance skills needed

New Zealand’s government forecasts steady jobs growth supported by steady economic growth.

The government’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) predicts average annual GDP growth of about 2.7 per cent and 2.5 per cent over 2018-23 and 2023-28 respectively. Growth at these rates means New Zealand will need nearly 40,000 new workers a year. Business services is among the sectors tipped to have the strongest employment gains.

Skilled worked will be most in demand. In fact, accountants (and procurement managers) even feature on the official Skills Shortages lists as at early 2021.

If your skill is on one of these lists it is good news for you. That is because it means the Government accepts employers need to recruit for accountants overseas because there aren’t enough qualified New Zealanders.

If your job is not on a shortage list, don’t be disheartened. There are other work and visa options.

For example, If you can get a job offer and your employer can demonstrate they can’t find a New Zealander for the vacancy, then you may be able to apply for a work visa.

Alternatively, you may be able to apply for a resident visa if you meet the criteria for our Skilled Migrant Category.

Skill shortage list checker | Immigration New Zealand

Even if your particular skills aren’t on the shortage lists, you may still be able to get a visa.

If you can get a firm job offer and your employer can demonstrate they can’t find a New Zealander for the vacancy, then you may be able to apply for a work visa.

Alternatively, you may be able to apply for a resident visa if you meet the criteria for our Skilled Migrant Category.

Visas to work in New Zealand

Getting started

The first step usually is finding a job. Check out where your skills will fit best and which employers are looking for your expertise.

Job sites to explore

  • Seek - NZ's largest general job website
  • Trade Me - NZ’s most popular website with a large job section
  • New Kiwis - a recruitment services linking NZ employers with skilled migrants, offshore and onshore
  • Working in - connects offshore talent with NZ job opportunities
  • More job websites

Getting professional registration

Depending on your specialty, you may be required to register with a professional body in order to get a job and visa. In any case, getting a visa may be more straightforward if you can demonstrate professional registration in New Zealand.

More details are on the Immigration New Zealand website.

Occupational registration | Immigration New Zealand

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