The Kiwi’s have, just like the Australian, South African and other governments identified occupations that will grow their economy and are regarded as occupations that will remain in demand for this growth to occur. Most of these jobs are for specialists in industries such as medicine, engineering and IT. But there are also opportunities to contribute more generalist skills.
Skills in demand
Some skills are in chronically short supply, and Immigration New Zealand has lists of skill shortages and separate list of shortages of the skills needed to help rebuild the Canterbury region after the earthquakes there in 2010 and 2011 reports newzelandnow.
If you are offered a job in New Zealand which appears on a skill shortage list and you have the qualifications and experience to match, getting a work and residence visa will be easier. This is because the Government has identified that employers need to recruit people from overseas to help meet demand for your skills.
Currently, the lists cover skills in these areas:
Long Term shortages Intermediate shortages Canterbury shortages
Agriculture and forestry Construction Education
Engineering Finance/business Health and social services
ICT and electronics Oil and gas Recreation, hospitality & tourism
Science Trades Transport
Other skills and avenues
If your skills aren’t on the shortage lists or you’d really like to go for residency, it may still be possible to get a visa.
For instance, you may be able to apply for residency as a Skilled Migrant. You may also be able to apply for a work visa if you’re offered a job by an employer who can’t find a local worker for the vacancy.
The importance of your immigration consultant
“Seek the assistance of a qualified and recognized New Zealand Immigration expert before you apply for a vis or position in New Zealand,” advices Robbie Ragless of one such immigration specialist, New World Immigration.
This Cape Town-based immigration company understands the importance of ensuring that prospective immigrants understand exactly what the immigration process involves.
“Deciding to immigrate is a life changing decision, it is also a complicated often drawn out legal process and it is certainly in the immigrant, and their family’s, interest to seek professional advice.
“NWI regularly identifies occupations listed as being in demand in New Zealand at the time. Based on this information and the applicant’s personal profile we are able to, with absolute accuracy, determine if an application is likely to be successful or not.
Ragless continues that a good immigration practitioner, like NWI, has access to information otherwise not available to the visa applicant, which results in less frustration and being able to correct problems before an application runs the risk of being rejected.
“NWI cares about the applicant’s whole immigration process. Applicants aren’t just sent on their way to figure it out once they take possession of their visa.
“We pride ourselves on adding that special touch which often includes helping expat parents find the right New Zealand school for their kids, we spend a lot of energy analysing property trends in the country and even have listings of properties available for purchase.
“The applicant is looked after in a holistic manner. If they need to set up their business, we help with the registration process. If they are interested in investing we offer advice based on our experience and if the family pet is joining the trek we make those arrangements too.”
The job sectors driving employment growth are changing. The Canterbury construction industry is playing a less prominent role. Instead, recent employment growth has been in manufacturing, particularly in Christchurch and Auckland, and mostly in food production, machinery and equipment manufacturing, and textile manufacturing states newzelandnow.
“Nearly half (44%) of annual employment growth to June 2015 was in Auckland, followed by Bay of Plenty (8%) and Waikato (4%).
“Skilled job vacancies advertised on three major internet job boards - SEEK, TradeMe jobs, and the Education Gazette increased by nearly 4% over the year to June 2015.”