Work in NZ

To fit successfully into a job here you’ll you need to be aware of those differences and prepared to adjust to the New Zealand way of working.
One thing your employer and work colleagues will be looking for is the positive, ‘can do’ attitude that’s made Kiwis well-liked employees wherever they travel.New Zealanders are known for simply getting on with the job and finding solutions. It’s a product of our relatively recent pioneering background when people had no choice but to get things done using whatever resources were at hand. That meant combining traditional ways of doing things with new ideas.

Today, we still expect people to think and work independently, and we know that collaborating and working with others is essential for getting things done.New Zealand’s employment market has been gathering steam steadily since the global financial crisis – a trend that’s set to continue.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.

Job market overview

Job vacancies on the two main internet boards rose a solid 15.4% through 2013, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Vacancies are now at levels not seen since mid 2008 and employers are reporting difficulties finding skilled labour.

Business confidence is at a 20-year high (NZIER), while unemployment was down to 6.2% by September 2013, well below the OECD overall average then of 7.9%. (Our unemployment has been below the OECD average for over a decade.) The economy will add over 100,000 jobs (4.4% growth) in the two years to 2016, according to the Government.

Particularly strong jobs growth is expected in the Auckland and Canterbury regions and in the construction and utilities industries. Highly skilled jobs (managers and professionals across a number of areas) will be in consistently high demand, accounting for about 50% of overall employment growth.


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