New Zealand’s Most In-Demand Jobs

New Zealand businesses are crying out for talent, with many of the country’s core industries impacted by labour shortages. “Brain drain” has long been an issue in New Zealand, with many graduates taking their skills and moving to countries with higher wages, particularly Australia and the UK. 

With employers struggling to fill their vacancies, talented professionals can afford to negotiate wages and will have their pick of locations to settle down. If you work in any of the following industries, now is a great time to move to the land of the long white cloud. 

Nurses & Doctors

Registered doctors and nurses across all fields are in short supply in New Zealand. Hospitals across the country are desperately trying to recruit health professionals to fill vacancies. As New Zealand places high value on the work/life balance, you may find that the working hours are more favourable than back in the UK. 

Automotive Trades

The automotive industry is booming in New Zealand, but there simply aren’t enough tradespeople to maintain the cars on the country’s roads. Panelbeaters, mechanics and automotive electricians are needed in most towns and cities throughout the country. Pick a place to live, and there’s likely to be a job with your name on it.   

Developers / Programmers

With many IT graduates moving abroad after finishing their studies, there is a significant shortage of experience developers and programmers in NZ. This causes a real issue for the New Zealand tech industry, as talent has to be sourced from other countries. The added benefit of being a developer moving to New Zealand is that you’ll likely have the option to work remotely if you don’t want to be based in a city. 

Building Trades

The building industry is struggling to keep up with demand as new developments sprout up all over the country. Builders, in particular, are in short supply, with electricians, plumbers, drain layers and quantity surveyors following closely behind.

Psychology, Counselling & Social Work

Mental health and community services are as important as ever in New Zealand, but there are simply not enough people choosing to fill these roles. Whether you want to work for a government organisation, a private company, or start your own private practice, there is ample opportunity for those with the right qualifications.

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