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Old 13th July 2019, 03:20 PM
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I am an experienced primary school teacher in England, hoping to make the move to NZ. I have been advised that getting a temporary work visa would be the best way to start, then to apply for a permanent resident visa once out there.
Has anyone done this? Would there be a good chance of getting the permanent visa if the papers were in order?
What is the market like for getting a primary school teaching job in the first place? I know it is on the regional skills shortage list in all regions.
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Many people have done it that way and many people still do it that way in all manner of industries here. A temporary work visa is easier to achieve. It costs less and the processing time is less however they are for the individual so a partner and/or dependents would also need their own so can get quite messy and confusing as say a family of 5 may have 3 or 4 different visa application types and 5 different applications. The temp visa route may also be a requirement for the job being offered as the employer may not want to wait several months to a year for you to get the visa and then make your way to NZ.
Always ask about a relocation package in addition to any salary offer. Means a huge portion of your relocation costs could be covered. Seldom will an employer openly offer a relocation package without being asked for it.

I'm led to believe teaching jobs are difficult to secure. It is more who you know and not what you know. There is a shortage of teachers in NZ but doesnt mean itll be easy and they are going through a lot of change at the moment with striking for better pay and conditions. I believe primary teachers have accepted the latest pay offer but principles have rejected ? May not be a good time to try get a job in the industry ?
Also may not be a good idea concentrating on one area. Doing that reduces your options massively here. Be open to anything and anywhere. It'll get you here even if it's in a remote place. You only have to do the job until you get the Resident visa and have satisfied any work condition so you can make plans to move on. Many people use their first job as just a stepping stone. You have more chance of getting a job in a less populated town or village than a city or surrounds.

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OK great thanks. I'm quite surprised re finding a job being difficult if it is on the regional shortage list...I will have to look into things some more.

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OK great thanks. I'm quite surprised re finding a job being difficult if it is on the regional shortage list...I will have to look into things some more.
Oh jeez. It is really hard to get a job in any skill here. In my experience it is only when there is a serious urgent need of a particularly skill with nobody here that fits the profile does it become easier for an overseas applicant and that doesn't happen much or often.

There are only very few occupations/skills where this occurs and I'm no expert by any stretch of the imagination but I'd say teaching isn't one of them.
A key thing in NZ is NZ work experience. Without it many NZ employers don't really appreciate or accept similar experience overseas.
There's loads of experienced or qualified teachers here but they have been so severely trodden on over the years many have left and have gone doing something else much less stressful and for more pay/better conditions. There's also many classroom helpers and youngsters coming up through the system with dreams of becoming teachers....all they need is the qualifications and work experience and I'd guess NZ employers have the obligation to offer work to these people first before overseas candidates. Many teachers complain the pay just isn't sufficient to hold down a family home with kids unless partners have good jobs, the hours are terrible and they aren't being recognized for the good work they do in hours and out of hours, they need more out of classroom time for marking, prep work blah blah blah. As I say the industry is at breaking point with pay deal after pay deal being thrown out and a few teacher strikes. It hasn't yet got to an agreement as the principles are holding out for more but there is light at the end of the tunnel but could still go on for ages yet....who knows
I hope it isn't going to be much of an issue for you but I'm kinda thinking it will.

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