Jobs outlook described as very good for skilled professionals in New Zealand

by Ray Clancy on February 8, 2016

Job prospects continue to be very good in New Zealand for highly skilled, fast growing industries such as high-tech manufacturing and ICT.

It means there are opportunities for would be expats looking to move to the country as the demand cannot always be met within New Zealand with software developers and engineers particularly in short supply.

Labour market continues to recover

Labour market continues to recover

“Software developers, ICT systems and business analysts, for example, are in high demand reflecting New Zealand’s growing technology software and services sector,” said Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce.

He unveiled the latest annual Occupation Outlook report which contains all the information needed to help job seekers along with an app for access to job demand, likely income levels, and training requirements for different occupations.

“The growth in Auckland, the ongoing Canterbury rebuild and other regional building activity means that there is steady work in the construction and infrastructure trades, with carpenters, joiners, project managers and architects all benefiting from increasing demand for their skills,” said Joyce. “We are still short of engineers in New Zealand. Job prospects are extremely good for civil, geotechnical and structural engineers, particularly in Auckland and Christchurch where large roading and infrastructure projects and building activity are fuelling demand.

“The Occupation Outlook provides current and relevant labour market information that is crucial in helping guide decisions for job seekers.”

The report is published as the latest official data shows that unemployment fell to 5.3% in the final quarter of 2015, down from 6%, the lowest unemployment rate since March 2009. There were 16,000 fewer people unemployed than in the September 2015 quarter.

“The number of employed people has risen and there was also growth in the number of people not participating in the labour market. This has contributed to labour force participation falling for the third quarter in a row,” said Diane Ramsay, labour market statistics manager with Statistics New Zealand.

The data shows that employment has been especially strong for 20 to 29 year old group with 26,800 more people employed in this age group over the year. There were also just over 23,000 more people employed in Auckland over the year and the largest rise in employment was within Auckland’s construction industry.

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Ali February 12, 2016 at 8:14 pm

For IT, I really doubt it. The market is so small and jobs are scare. If they are available, then with very low salaries.


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