Are your skills in demand?

Are your skills in demand in New Zealand?

The importance of finding a job in New Zealand is obvious: You will need a job to earn a living for yourself and your family, and you will also need to find a job to be eligible for the necessary visa.

Right at the start, when considering a move to New Zealand, you will ask yourself: "Will my skills be in demand in New Zealand?"


How can you find out whether your skills are in demand?

To start with we recommend that you do your own market research to get a first impression.

A good way of doing this is of course by researching current  job listings on the internet. You will soon get a good picture of where you stand. 

Two of the leading websites for job listings in New Zealand are: 


Look up the latest Skill Shortages Lists.

You can also look up the latest Skill Shortages Lists: 

The Immediate Skill Shortage List January 2018

The Long Term Skill Shortage List January 2018

The Canterbury Skill Shortage List August 2017


The Skill Shortages Lists are reviewed on a regular basis and can give you a good indication of current skill shortages in New Zealand.  

Find out more about how the Skill Shortage Lists can reflect your chances of finding a job. 


Study feedback from the recruitment industry.

One of New Zealand's leading recruiting experts, Hays, publishes regular forecasts for the developments of the New Zealand job market.  

The forecasts are based on first hand industry experience and provide an excellent source of information. 


The Hays Jobs Report for July to December 2018.

According to the latest Hays Jobs Report skills in demand for the six months ahead - sorted by industry - include:

Accountancy & Finance:

In commerce and industry, Financial Analysts, Finance Business Partners and Internal Auditors are required. Within professional practice, audit, tax and business advisory professionals at all levels are sought.


Registered Architects and Project Architects at a senior level are in demand. Practices are also looking for Revit and ArchiCAD Technicians proficient in creating detailed construction documentation.


Project Managers, Site Managers and Estimators are in demand across much of the country for demolition and earthquake strengthening work as well as civil, commercial and residential projects.

Contact Centres: 

Demand exists for Telesales professionals, Inbound Salespeople and Insurance Sales Consultants.


Structural Engineers with strong knowledge of seismic structures, Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors are required.

Facilities Management: 

Facilities Managers are needed across the country, particularly in Wellington where proven project management experience, including upgrades and refurbishments, is needed.

Human Resources: 

HR Business Partners with experience working collaboratively to develop solutions, Health & Safety professionals and Learning & Development professionals are needed.

Information Technology: 

Demand is high for DevOps professionals, Front-End Developers, Full Stack Developers, UX/UI Designers, Data Scientists and Engineers, and Cyber Security and Data Security experts.


Claims professionals, Property Underwriters and Motor Assessors are all sought.


Construction Lawyers, Commercial Property Lawyers and Corporate and Commercial Lawyers are in demand.

Marketing & Digital: 

Digital Marketing Managers, Marketing Automation Specialists and Heads of Marketing are all sought.

Office Support: 

Demand will be high for multi-skilled office support professionals for hybrid roles, as well as skilled Executive and Personal Assistants.


Commercial Property Brokers with office leasing experience, Residential and Commercial Development Managers and Property Managers are needed.


Demand exists for sales professionals with local market knowledge and an existing network of contacts, as well as strong communications skills.

Trades & Labour: 

Skilled and competent Registered Electricians, Registered Plumbers and Carpenters and Roofers are required.


Ask our Job Search Professionals! 

Our Job Search Team has got first hand experience with job searching in New Zealand and knows the New Zealand employment market inside and out!

If you ask us for a Free Assessment, they will evaluate your chances on the New Zealand job market and let you know whether your skills are in demand. 


Read more about finding a job in New Zealand: Can recruiters help?

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