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 one to earn a living for yourself and your family. 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 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 lookup the latest Skill Shortages Lists: 

The Regional Skill Shortage List May 2019

The Long Term Skill Shortage List May 2019

The Construction & Infrastructure Skill Shortage List May 2019


The Skill Shortages Lists are reviewed regularly 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. 


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 2019.

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

Accountancy & Finance

Accountants with experience working with robotics or innovation, Commercial Accountants, Financial Analysts and Payroll Administrators and Managers. In professional practice, Senior Accountants in tax, BAS and audit.


Project Architects, Registered Architects and Revit and ArchiCAD Technicians.


Experienced Quantity Surveyors, Estimators, Project Managers, Site Managers, Construction Managers, Carpenters and Skilled Tradespeople.

Contact Centres

Customer Service Officers, Outbound Sales Professionals and Inbound Salespeople.


Civil Engineers, Civil Infrastructure Engineers, Structural Engineers and Land Surveyors.

Facilities Management

Facilities Managers with proven project management experience, Building and Maintenance Managers and HVAC Maintenance Technicians.

Human Resources

Learning & Development, Employment Relations and Industrial Relations Managers, Advisors and Consultants.

Information Technology

DevOps professionals with CI/CD skills gained in the Agile development environment, .NET Developers, Cloud and Security Architects and Engineers, UX/UI Designers, Data Scientists and Engineers, and Cyber Security experts.


Claims professionals, Commercial Brokers, Account Brokers, Property Underwriters and Property Loss Adjusters.


Construction Lawyers, Resource Management Lawyers, Commercial Property Lawyers and Corporate and Commercial Lawyers.

Marketing & Digital

Insights Analysts, Customer Experience specialists, Content Editors and Communications Executives.

Office Support

Multi-skilled candidates such as Receptionists who handle facilities administration or PAs and EAs who support projects and manage change.

Policy and Strategy

Policy Advisors, Governance specialists and Program and Project Managers.


Category Managers, Procurement Specialists, Procurement Managers and Coordinators with specific skills in property, IT and services.


Commercial Property Brokers with office leasing experience, Residential and Commercial Development Managers, Property Managers and Client-Side Project Managers.


Salespeople with relevant industry experience, an existing network and the ability to assist with strategic planning, commercial analysis and reporting.

Trades & Labour: 

Building Tradespeople and Civil Machine Operators.


Ask our Job Search Professionals! 

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


Ask us for a Free Assessment. Our team will evaluate your chances on the New Zealand job market and let you know whether your skills are in demand. 


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