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 successive governments have transformed New Zealand into a free market, open economy recognised internationally as a great place for business and finance.

We’re the easiest place in the world to do business, according to World Bank rankings to May 2018. 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.

The International Tax Foundation’s 2018 index puts New Zealand third amongst OECD countries in terms of tax competitiveness.

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

Transparency International’s 2018 Corruption Perception Index ranks us the world’s second least corrupt country, just behind Denmark.

The Heritage Foundation in 2019 ranked our economy the third freest in the Index of Economic Freedom, just behind Hong Kong and Singapore.

And the World Economic Forum rated us No.1 in the world for the strength of our institutions and macroeconomic stability.

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.

Ease of Doing Business | World Bank

International Tax Competitiveness | Tax Foundation

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 the year ending March 2018, it contributed $14.6bn to GDP (nearly 6%).

There are 26 banks and 24 non-bank deposit takers registered with the Reserve Bank. There are also 90 insurers, 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, just behind Hong Kong and Singapore

Business and finance skills needed

New Zealand’s government forecasts steady jobs growth right through to 2026 - particularly in business services which is picked to be the fastest-growing part of the job market.

In fact, accountants (and procurement managers) even feature on the official lists of ‘Essential Skills in Demand’ (ESID), as of mid 2019.

If a job is on one of these regularly updated skills shortages lists, it means the Government accepts that there aren’t enough New Zealanders qualified for the role so employers need to recruit from overseas. Assuming you have the right qualifications and experience, that will make getting a visa easier.

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.

Visa options

There are various types of visas that you may be eligible to apply for.

Work visas are for a temporary stay in New Zealand, but some can lead to residence. Resident visas let you stay indefinitely and access more state-funded public services.

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.

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.

Occupational registration | Immigration New Zealand

Register your interest

Take the first step to a new life by registering with Immigration New Zealand. We’ll send you personalised emails about job opportunities in your profession, life in New Zealand and choosing the right visa.

It’s free and there’s no obligation.

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Page last updated: 22/06/2020

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