Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Work Prospects


Depending on your particular career area, it can be challenging to find job opportunities in New Zealand and may take some time to find suitable employment. However, there are certain career areas with shortage occupations, and the government is actively seeking skilled workers from overseas in these areas. To find out what skills are needed, look at the long-term and immediate skill shortage lists on Immigration New Zealand.

New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency status is usually required to apply for employer graduate training programmes. If you do not have permanent residency status, it may be worth checking with individual employers to see if you are eligible to apply. Graduate training programmes tend to be advertised on individual company websites or on websites aimed at New Zealand graduates. The ‘Career Search’ section of the Graduate Opportunities (Australasia’s graduate jobs directory) website lists companies who recruit graduates in New Zealand.

  • Typical problems encountered: New Zealand is currently experiencing an economic downturn. Unemployment increased in 2009 and will most likely continue to do so into 2010. Labour market conditions have weakened. There are more redundancies and decreased job opportunities. Some employers see a risk in taking on migrants, especially recent arrivals.
  • How to improve your chances: the more experience and qualifications you have, the better your chances will be in securing a position. It may take six months or longer to find suitable employment. You may need to move out of your specialist field or look for other routes into your chosen career area. It is common for foreign citizens to accept more junior positions in order to gain experience working in New Zealand. Contract or part-time work can also lead to permanent jobs.
  • Language requirements: New Zealand’s three official languages are English, Maori and New Zealand Sign Language. Most business is done in English, and most organisations require competency in spoken and written English.