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The New Zealand Job Market has Space for Migrants

For skilled, experienced and educated migrants it is a good time to be looking for jobs in New Zealand. The country’s employment rate is continues to rise by a healthy 3% annually while the unemployment rate remains at about 5% of the population.

The New Zealand Job Market Has Space For Migrants

New Zealand was less affected by the global financial crisis than many other countries and employment has been gathering steam, particularly in the last three years.


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.
Nearly half (44%) of annual employment growth comes from Auckland, followed by Bay of Plenty (8%) and Waikato (4%).

There are many job openings for specialists in industries such as medicine, engineering and IT. But there are also opportunities to contribute more generalist skills.

The First Step: Register your interest:

Take the first step to a new life by registering your interest with Immigration New Zealand. Consult a professional registered New Zealand migration professional about what to expect of the visa application procedure. An experienced consultant will be able to judge the likelihood of your application being successful and they will assist you in filling in your application correctly thereby maximizing your chances of visa approval.

Is your skill in demand?

Some skills are in chronically short supply, and Immigration New Zealand has lists of skill shortages and a separate list of shortages of the skills needed to help rebuild the Canterbury region after the earthquakes there in 2010 and 2011.

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.

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