Popular Job Sectors in New Zealand: Check Industry-wise Skills Requirement
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Popular Job Sectors in New Zealand: Check Industry-wise Skills Requirement

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Aishwarya Bhatnagar
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Updated on Mar 19, 2024 10:39 IST

The employment rate was recorded at 69.3% in December 2022 quarter where over 2 million people were employed across Auckland and Canterbury. Popularly, the top job sectors in New Zealand have witnessed demand in teaching, public administration, healthcare, architecture and design, psychology and other areas.  

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Due to the recent recession, many economies witnessed little or no growth. Fortunately, New Zealand (NZ) was less affected by the global financial crisis as compared to other countries. As a result, employment opportunities have been higher, especially during the last three years. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the economy has been pushed into negative growth while the jobs market remains ambiguous in nature. 

Popular Job Sectors in New Zealand Highlights 

Current Unemployment Rate  

68.3% (Dec 2022) 

Job Sectors Employing Largely 

Engineering, IT, Teaching, Admin, Managers, etc. 

Expected Vacancy Opening by 2023

40,000  

Total Skill Shortages Sectors in NZ 

10 

Average Growth Rate for 5 years 

2.9% annually 

Sectors Requiring Immediate Joinings 

 Medicine, Agriculture, Education, Oil & Gas, Finance & Business, Engineering, etc.

NZD 6,580 (INR 3.32 Lakhs) per month

New Zealand Industry-Wise Shortages

Because of the limited population in New Zealand, some skills are chronically in short supply. Immigration New Zealand has lists of industries where there is a serious skill shortage. Once you finish your chosen course in New Zealand and are offered a job which is marked under the skill shortage category and you have the relevant qualifications plus experience, getting a work visa and permanent residency will be easier. That is because the New Zealand Government has realized that companies and organizations need to employ people from outside NZ to help meet demands for the skill.

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Currently, the list covers skills in these areas (2023):

 Industry

Long Term shortages

Immediate shortages

Agriculture and forestry

Yes

Yes

Construction

Yes

Yes

Education

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Yes

Engineering

Yes

Yes

Finance/business

Yes

 ---

Health and social services

Yes

Yes

ICT and electronics

Yes

 ---

Oil and gas

 ---

Yes

Recreation, hospitality & tourism

Yes

Yes

Science

Yes

Yes

Trades

Yes

Yes

Transport

Yes

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Chances of Getting a Full-Time Job in New Zealand in Popular Sectors

The chances of getting a full-time job opportunity in New Zealand across popular sectors have become a little difficult over the years because the NZ Govt has reduced the number of low-skilled migrants from obtaining an obtaining residence, and since they lack skilled labours, they focus on increasing the “quality” and level of students coming to study in the country. Under the following conditions, international students who came for a 2-year low-level course or a 1-year mid-/high-level course were given the following opportunities:

  1. Work up to 20 hours while studying, full-time during holidays, and
  2. Obtain a very easy to get Post-Study Work Visa which would let them work in any job for one year, and
  3. Obtain a second Post-Study Work Visa which granted them to work in a job which was related to the course they studied.

The new rules have been geared towards giving greater work right to students who study for post-graduate degrees or level 7 degrees. The intention was to move the education sector away from relying on masses of low-level students and towards a smaller number of higher-level students. Presumably, the shift will also lead to a reduction in low-skilled workers but a supplementary rise in workers with better skills.

There are some safeguards built into the new rules which will give the education industry time to adjust, while still allowing some rights to low-level students. There are also some rules regarding the benefits of studying outside of Auckland. Altogether, the rules were made in order to:

  1. Change the balance of low- and high-level students, and
  2. Reduce migrant exploitation, and
  3. Reduce strain on national infrastructure and housing, and
  4. Not be a target for immigration fraud.

For more queries, kindly write to us in the comments section below. 

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Green List Occupations in New Zealand

New Zealand Government has released a set of 85 job roles falling under the high-demand list of skilled labourers to bridge the unemployment gap due to the COVID-19 impact. The list has been released keeping in view of the New Zealand border opening for 5,000 international students by July 2022 after the pandemic.

This list has various job roles related to construction, engineering, health & social services, trade, ICT & telecommunications along with agriculture. Each job has a unique code number and those who fall under this green list occupations in terms of basic requirements can apply for jobs and have an official confirmation through an accredited employer in New Zealand only. Those who would be able to work under the listed job roles would:

  • be allowed to bring their spouses, who will also get working rights in New Zealand,
  • fast-track residence pathway for green list visa holders after working for 2 years, &
  • the visa application would take only 30 days for approval.

Get more information at: Green List Occupations in New Zealand

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Malavika

10 months ago

Hi, I hold a Bachelor of Science honors degree in Chemistry, I am planning to pursue a PGDip in Science field only. Is there enough scope in NZ for this?

Reply to Malavika

Hi . I have completed my diploma in business management (level 7) in Auckland New Zealand. I had completed my course in june 2018. I moved back to India for some personal reasons and went back to New Zealand in the year 2020 january , lockdown happened and i had to come back in september due to fina

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Reply to Nalini Krishnan

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Aishwarya BhatnagarStudy Abroad Expert

a year ago

Hello Nalini! You will have to follow this up with the designated officials, we only cater to student visa related queries here. Good luck!

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Mamta Mamta

a year ago

hello good day, I am chartered accountants, which is the best course for local qualification to get a job in NZ

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Aishwarya BhatnagarStudy Abroad Expert

a year ago

Hello! If you are a CA, then you can go for a masters in finance / fintech or a masters in professional accounting courses in New Zealand for getting a job. Hope this helps. In case you have more queries you can connect with our counsellor - sumit.chugh@shiksha.com for more details. All the best!

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Dnyandeo

a year ago

what is maximum age for post gradute study in New Zealand.

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Aishwarya BhatnagarStudy Abroad Expert

a year ago

Hello! The maximum or upper limit for those applying for a postgraduate course in New Zealand is ideally 32, but there may be a case to case difference as well. Hope this answers your query.

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akshay parate

2 years ago

Is there a demand for marketing in New Zealand? If no, what other sector can i consider to study there? I'm planning for PR there so i won't consider other countries.

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Aishwarya BhatnagarStudy Abroad Expert

2 years ago

Hello Akshay, yes marketing specialized applicants are in great demand in New Zealand. Marketing specialists are a part of the skill shortages occupations list of New Zealand. You can apply there and can expect to earn between USD 64,000 - USD 140,000 depending upon your academic and professional ba

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