Job opportunities in New Zealand

Are you thinking about emigrating to New Zealand? Do you know if your desired occupation is in demand?

The New Zealand government offers a user-friendly website which lets you enter your occupation to see if your skills are needed:

If you’re offered a job that’s on the List of Skilled Occupations or one of the Essential Skills in Demand Lists, and you’ve got the qualifications and experience to match, getting a work or residence visa will be easier.

In demand jobs include forest scientists, project builders, quantity surveyors, arborists, poultry, beef and dairy cattle farmers, winemakers, physiotherapists, social workers, architects, biochemists and quantity surveyors.

Positions such as electrical engineering technicians, bricklayers, carpet layers and glaziers are in demand under the Canterbury Skill Shortage List (CSSL), which contain occupations in critical shortage in the Canterbury region following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

We’ve listed a few current positions in some of New Zealand’s main cities that fit the criteria. You can click on the job title links for more information.


Job Title: Quantity Surveyor

Job Sector: Construction, surveying Job Location: Christchurch

Job Type: Full time Salary: NZ$90,000 – $110,000 Recruitment Company:

This construction company specialises in project managing commercial builds in the value range of $5m – $20M, as well working with 2-3 Architects building high end architectural residences. As a key point of difference they employ their own workforce of carpenters and work closely with a small group sub trades.

This role reports to the Commercial Manager and will take responsibility for a range of commercial construction projects. Most of the work is negotiated and so the role is involved from inception, working with the client to price the job and then manage the build, with a site manager through to practical completion and final account.

If you want a role that allows you to take ownership for your projects and be involved at every stage, as well as getting out on site, then this position will provide you that opportunity.


Job Title: Poultry Livestock Manager

Job Sector: Agriculture Job Location: Auckland

Salary: Not specified Recruitment Company:

This position would suit a poultry specialist who possesses the ability to demonstrate extensive experience within the poultry industry as a Farm Manager or an Area Farm Manager. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to progress their career with a new opportunity overseas. The successful applicant will receive a competitive salary and benefits including bonuses, car, and healthcare and relocation costs.

The Poultry Manager’s role is to lead and manage the company’s Livestock Department to achieve objectives in regards to livestock by maintaining a high level of broiler growing performances and continuity of bird sizes and numbers to satisfy market demand. The Poultry Manager is accountable for the delivery of exceptional service in the management of the livestock costs, animal welfare compliance and building up successful relationships with contract growers, suppliers and related institutions.


Job Title: Social Worker – Psychological and Social Support Service

Job Sector: Healthcare & Medical Job Location: Wellington

Job Type: Full time Salary: Not specified Recruitment Company:

Be at the forefront of implementing a new service to people living with cancer.

We are looking for a registered social worker to bring their skills, experiences and values and support the development and implementation of a new psychological and social support team, comprising of social workers and psychologists working across 3DHBs in the lower north island. This is a permanent and full time position.

The team will work with people with high psychological and social support needs as a result of a cancer or suspected cancer diagnosis across 3 district health boards (Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa), improving on existing services by providing additional capacity and expertise.