New Zealand Needs People for These Jobs

September 26, 2016   /   byArs Lexis  / Categories :  First Take

Working in New ZealandWhen one thinks of working in New Zealand, the industrial and farming jobs are often the first to come to mind. But, in reality, are they the kinds of work Kiwis need extra help with?

You already know that the country does not boast of a large population. With roughly 4.7 million people living in the temperate region in 2013, the labour force is not sizeable, and new settlers are welcome to lend extra pairs of hands for a number of occupations. Which ones are they?


It may be the right time to look for a job in transport engineering or something similar. While businesses such as Bison Equipment may not be calling for new engineers, the country seems to be short on skilled individuals for the job.

Information from the government website New Zealand Now lists engineering as one of the many jobs Kiwis need help with. As it works hand in hand with industries such as construction and transport, it does not come as a surprise that the demand for these tradespeople is high.

ICT and Electronics

Future of Work names technology as the fastest growing sector in New Zealand. With exports doubling over the past six years, and related industries raking in billions, there is a high demand for information technology workers in the country. It also seems that there is a shortage of such tradespeople.

Data from New Zealand Now indicates a long-term skill shortage on ICT and electronics, and getting a job offer that matches this skill provides an easier way for immigrants to permanently reside in the country. It makes IT jobs, such as programming, and web development and design, tickets to new careers and greener pastures, literally.


While the transport sector makes it to the bottom of the government website’s list, one cannot ignore the need for skilled and safe drivers and operators. Heavy vehicles play an important part in supporting and ensuring smooth operations in businesses, especially in regulated industries, industrial settings and delivery services.

As such, the need for more drivers, mechanics and other tradespeople does not come as a surprise and is predictable.

New Zealand has a small population and a high demand for skilled workers. As you can see, work in the country does not just involve vast farmlands.