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Job landscape

There are job opportunities available throughout the Taranaki region. If you are looking for work there are a number of avenues to follow, and getting a visa or coming to New Zealand to meet with employers face-to-face may improve your chances of success.

Labour market information
The Department of Labour website contains a wealth of information on: employment health and safety rules, regulations and tools; links to Immigration New Zealand and immigration facts, figures and reports; labour market information including statistics on employment and unemployment; analysis and insights including reports, factsheets, research and tools plus an employment relations section providing information on holiday and parental leave entitlements, minimum wage, employment agreements and policies, laws and legislation, including the 90 day work trial.

On the Statistics New Zealand website you can browse for a range of information on economic, social and environmental factors including statistics on population, work and income levels, education and training, health, industry sectors, crime, justice and more.

Finding a job
There are many internet job boards to consider and the Venture Taranaki regional jobs website is a good place to start. Register as a job seeker where you can get notifications of, and apply for, new jobs. More than 1,000 local employers are registered and job vacancies are updated on a regular basis. Other avenues include
Recruitment agencies
General / Trades
Oil & Gas / Energy Rural / Agricultural Other useful resources

Salary Information
Job listings in New Zealand generally don’t indicate salary levels, and it can be difficult to directly compare salaries with those for similar roles in other countries. The salary guide on the Trademe website can help provide you with some idea of what to expect. The government careers website also provides a range of information to help you make smart decisions about work and learning opportunities.

Accredited Employers
Accredited Employers provide another employment avenue for overseas job hunters. These employers are approved by Immigration NZ and can offer jobs to offshore candidates without having to prove there are no suitably qualified New Zealanders available, or readily able to be trained. These employers can often provide you with a work visa in as little as two weeks, so it’s well worth investigating to see if one could employ you. For a list of accredited employers, visit:

Converting Qualifications
If you have qualifications from overseas institutes that need to be converted or recognised against New Zealand standards, please contact the NZ Qualifications Authority. Registration with your industry’s governing or regulatory body association is also usually required.

CV’s, Resumes and Cover Letters
New Zealand CVs may be quite different to those in your home country. Therefore, taking time to write the best CV and cover letter you can is a crucial step in getting the job you want. For tips on putting together a great CV visit:
Local employment law specialists
If you need more assistance regarding your legal obligations and requirements there are a number of Taranaki law firms who specialise in Employment Law. These include, but are not restricted to:

Taranaki offers a variety of employment opportunities across a range of industry sectors – with growth expected to remain positive across the board.

Looking back
During the last five years the number of people employed in business services-related jobs has increased considerably, and opportunities still remain in this sector.
Top industry earners for the region are oil and gas exploration, and food and beverage manufacturing, including dairy processing. Taranaki’s GDP ($9.2B) accounts for 4% of New Zealand’s GDP, however Taranaki has the highest GDP per capita ($80,300).
Industries which have the most employees include agriculture, healthcare, education, retail, manufacturing and construction.

Looking forward
To maintain economic growth, Taranaki has estimated it needs an additional 700 full time equivalent workers every year to 2026. Venture Taranaki, the Regional Development Agency, expects this growth to be achieved through attracting, retaining, training and inspiring great people with good skills to move, live and work here.
Industry growth, and therefore employment growth, is expected in the following sectors:
  • Agricultural services
  • Building, construction and associated trades
  • Business services and government administration
  • Education
  • Health
  • Oil and gas exploration and production
  • Engineering and manufacturing
  • Primary industries such as horticulture
  • Tourism
  • Transport
Skills in demand

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) produces two ‘Skills in Demand’ lists which are reviewed and updated every six months. These are the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) and the Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL).

The Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL)

For migrants, jobs on the LTSSL relevant to Taranaki would allow application for residency under the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) or Work to Residence (W2R) policy. A sample of jobs on the LTSSL which are regularly advertised in Taranaki include:


  • Project Manager
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Surveyor
  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • All disciplines
Health and Social Services
  • Anaesthetist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • General Medical Practitioner (GP)
  • Pharmacist
  • Nurse Manager
  • Obs & Gynae
  • Registered Nurses
  • Pathologist
  • Physicist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Social Worker
  • Sonographer
  • Surgeons
  • Veterinarian
ICT, Electronics & Telecommunication
  • ICT Business Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • Systems Engineer
  • Chef
  • Automotive Electrician
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Food Technologist
  • Electricians
  • Ship’s Office / Engineer / Master.
View the full list here (PDF).

The Immediate Skills Shortage List (ISSL)
The Immediate Skills Shortage List relates to temporary work visas, so be aware there is no direct link to residency.
Occupations under ISSL for the Central North Island region (which includes Taranaki) are:

Agriculture & Forestry
  • Apiarist
  • Arborist
  • Beef Cattle Farmer
  • Dairy Cattle Farmer
  • Pig Farmer
  • Poultry Farmer
  • Fruit or Nut Grower
  • Market Gardener
  • Winemaker
  • Building Inspector/Surveyor
  • Project Manager
  • Surveying Technician
  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Civil Engineering Draughtsperson
  • Electrical Engineering Draughtsperson
  • Mechanical Engineering Draughtsperson
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
  • Accountant (Chartered – Senior Positions only)
Health & Social Services
  • Anaesthetic Technician
  • Cardiologist
  • Clinical Dialysis Technician
  • Dental Technician
  • Dentist
  • Emergency Medicine Specialist
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Practitioners
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Paediatrician
  • Resident Medical Officer
  • Rheumatologist
  • Specialist Physician
Oil and Gas
  • Chemical Plant Operator
  • Gas or Petroleum Operator
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist and Petrophysicist
  • Occupational Health & Safety Advisor
  • Production Manager
  • Safety Inspector
  • Chemist
  • Baker
  • Electronic Equipment Trades Worker
  • Motor Mechanic
  • Metal Casting Trades Worker
  • Metal Machinist
  • Plastics Technician
  • Scaffolder
  • Upholsterer.
Download the full list here (PDF). For more information on how to apply for visas under the skill shortage lists, visit INZ or speak to a licensed immigration advisor.

Other tools for migrants

New Zealand Now is a website run by INZ which contains useful and reliable information for new migrants including language support. It houses information about moving to, living, working, studying, investing and settling in New Zealand, including the Taranaki region. NZ Ready is a free online planning tool for people who are moving to New Zealand. It can help you build a checklist of things to do before you leave and when you arrive.

During the last five years the number of people employed in business service-related jobs has increased considerably.

The above information is correct as of June 2015.

PDF Migrant Connections Taranaki Employment Brochure 2MB
PDF Job Seeker Guide 1MB

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