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Jobs in New Zealand

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

There are 11 key areas of work where skilled workers are definitely needed in New Zealand right now:

  • Healthcare
  • Health technology
  • Information technology
  • Agriculture and forestry
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • science
  • Oil and gas
  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Business and finance

Skill shortage lists

Some skills are in chronically short supply, and Immigration New Zealand has lists of skill shortages. If you are offered a job 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. But if your job is not on a shortage list, there are other work and resident visa options that might be right for you.

Balance business with pleasure

Imagine a place where you can work to the highest professional standards, 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 wine.

This is the lifestyle that you can live in New Zealand when you bring your skills here.

Skills in demand

If your skill is on that list you may qualify for a temporary visa or, if it's also one of the Long Term Skill Shortages, a visa that can lead to residence.

As at mid-2012, the lists cover skills in these areas:

Long term shortages Immediate shortages Canterbury (due to earthquake in Christchurch)
Agriculture and forestry Y Y
Construction Y Y Y
Education Y Y
Engineering Y Y Y
Finance & Business Y Y
Health and social services Y Y
ICT and electronics Y
Oil & gas Y Y
Hospitality Y Y
Science Y Y
Telecommunications Y Y Y
Trades Y Y Y
Transport Y Y

Other Avenues

You can apply for residency even if your skills are not on the List of skill shortages. You can test your eligibility to apply under the Skilled Migrant category. You may also be able to apply for a work visa if you have a job offer by an employer who cannot find a local worker for the vacancy.