Job market & key industries

New Zealand has been encouraging people from overseas to come and work here for a number of years. Our growing economy continues creating more jobs generally, plus we have on-going shortages of skills in particular areas.

The job market in New Zealand will be strong in the next few years, the result of steady economic growth.

The government’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) predicts average annual GDP growth of about 2.7 per cent and 2.5 per cent over 2018-23 and 2023-28 respectively. Household spending, residential investment, a resumption of tourism along with strong growth in exports will underpin this GDP performance.

Growth at these rates means New Zealand will need nearly 40,000 new workers a year.

With an aging population meaning more people leaving the workforce, it is expected many of those new jobs will have to be filled by people coming to New Zealand from overseas. Perhaps - people like you.

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What jobs, where

Almost half of the 40,000 new jobs in New Zealand each year will be in either Accommodation and Food services, Business services, Construction or Retail trade.

Transport and logistics and non-farm manufacturing will also grow, but are smaller sectors with fewer jobs to start with.

Employment growth will be strongest for highly-skilled occupations, including managers and professionals, 

There will still be opportunities for less skilled workers, although not as many, with the fastest growing occupations in this category being drivers, construction and mining labourers and delivery drivers.

Jobs in New Zealand are dispersed quite widely around the country. The three biggest jobs centres are, in order, Auckland, Canterbury (including Christchurch) and Wellington. Job growth in Canterbury has slowed lately with the continued wind-down of the re-build following the 2011 earthquakes there.

However there are almost as many jobs in the regions, including the Waikato (based around the city of Hamilton), the Bay of Plenty (Tauranga), Otago (Dunedin and Queenstown), and around Nelson. The fastest growing region for jobs recently has been Manawatu-Wanganui (Palmerston North).

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