Find Work

To find work you need to be in New Zealand

Finding a job in New Zealand requires a considerable amount of patience, research and determination. Most New Zealand employers will want you to be in New Zealand before they will take you seriously enough to interview you however it never hurts to do your homework ahead of time.

I do however suggest that if you haven’t already assessed your eligibility to migrate, then go to the FREE ASSESSMENT page to assess your eligibility.

Clients of ExperieNZ Immigration Services Ltd can be put in touch with a dedicated employment specialist who can provide invaluable advice around CV/Resume preparation, interview techniques and how to make the most of your employment search.

As you might have noticed  looking at online job sites employers generally demand work visas or a residence visa before they will allow you to apply for the position. You will find virtually all recruiters do this.

Tips when looking for work

  • Plan/research – how much demand is there in your occupation
  • Persevere – only one employer needs to say yes but it might take 50 job applications
  • Positive – you have to stay positive.
  • Be in New Zealand – if you are here employers know you are serious
  • Become human – get in front of the decision maker – do not just fire off CVs either before you get here or after you land.


Useful links

Professional CV help

Creative Fix
CV’s, Cover Letters, Interview coaching and advice

Job Search Agency

I refer clients who need a job offer to a good job search agency.
Finding work is seldom easy and people tend to take between 4 and 8 weeks on the ground here securing the positions they need – but others can take far longer – be very well prepared before you come to New Zealand.

I strongly recommend using the services of a job search agency. They know the job market and can line up interviews for you. I can recommend the agency on the right.

New zealand wages/salaries

New Zealand salaries and wages are not high by international standards. Most people who work can enjoy a comfortable lifestyle.

For an indication of salaries see the Trade me Salary Guide.
Trade Me provides an overview per job category. You can also drill down to separate occupations.

Another good resource is Payscale.
Payscale gives an overview of hourly wages instead of an annual salary per occupation.

It is very common in New Zealand for an employer to tell you the hourly rate instead of the annual salary.
Therefore know what you are worth based on a hourly rate.

Unemploment Rate

Unemployment Rate in New Zealand decreased to 5.60 percent in the second quarter of 2014 from 6 percent in the first quarter of 2014.

Unemployment Rate in New Zealand averaged 6.28 Percent from 1985 until 2014, reaching an all-time high of 11.20 Percent in the third quarter of 1991 and a record low of 3.50 Percent in the fourth quarter of 2007.

New Zealand Unemployment Rate