3 Fastest Growing Jobs in New Zealand

New Zealand has been booming in recent years, with the Kiwi economy enjoying amongst the fastest growth and lowest unemployment rates in the developed world. 

New Zealand has been booming in recent years, with the Kiwi economy enjoying amongst the fastest growth and lowest unemployment rates in the developed world. Although the country was hit by the global financial crisis (GFC) of 2008 which neighbouring Australia avoided, followed soon after by the 2010 Pike River mine disaster and the devastating 2011 Christchurch earthquake, a sense of optimism and quiet confidence driven by stable government and rising commodity prices has boosted the spirit of locals. It’s also led to vibrant job market that’s luring many Kiwi’s back across the ditch and making finding jobs in New Zealand much easier than before. In particular, the devastation of the Christchurch earthquake has led to a massive reconstruction effort driving growth in construction and engineering jobs, whilst famed Kiwi ingenuity has led to a mini boom in tech startups and the broader ICT sector. As one of the most scenic places on earth, hospitality & tourism is also going from strength to strength as a perennially reliable export earner. Keep reading for more detail on these sectors currently offering the fastest growing jobs in New Zealand:


Industries of Opportunity: The Fastest Growing Sectors in the Kiwi Economy


  • Construction & Engineering Jobs NZ: Strong Growth Driven by Christchurch Reconstruction

Having been reduced to rubble after the February 2011 earthquakes, Christchurch, New Zealand’s third largest city is currently in the throes of a massive reconstruction effort which will see the central business district rise from the ashes over coming years to become a model 21st century city. This reconstruction effort has supported strong growth in engineering jobs, with opportunities in this field up 10% year-on-year as of May 2017, whilst the average advertised salary for Kiwi construction jobs has risen to NZD $97,163 per annum, far above the national average of NZD $75,000 for all positions. Closely related to Construction & Engineering, is another profession to keep an eye on with an average advertised salary of NZD $81,932 per annum – up 4% year-on-year. Christchurch’s reconstruction aside, the outlook for jobs in these professions remains strong, with a slew of further projects in the pipeline thanks to the government’s announcement of a NZD $4 billion capital works investment program in the May 2017 budget.


Where These Jobs Are: Construction and engineering jobs in New Zealand tend to be concentrated in the country’s larger urban centres which are experiencing a population boom, especially Auckland and Bay of Plenty. Christchurch – which has the added driver of earthquake reconstruction works is another hotspot.


  • Digital & ICT Jobs NZ: Kiwi Ingenuity at Work

Another area of the Kiwi labour market enjoying healthy conditions is in the digital and ICT (information communications technology) sector. Encouraged by the success of local tech titan Xero, which is now a global cloud-based accounting software powerhouse, businesses across New Zealand have been investing heavily in their IT infrastructure and online offerings to better compete on a global scale. This has led to strong demand for business analyst, data scientist, digital consultant and web developer jobs which can often be hard to fill in such a relatively small country. Full-time salaries in this field now stand at an estimated NZD $110,355 per annum and grew 6% over the course of calendar year 2016. As ‘digital disruption’ continues across multiple industries, fierce competition for digitally-skilled professionals will likely see incomes continue to rise for the foreseeable future.


Where These Jobs Are: Digital & ICT jobs in New Zealand tend to be concentrated in the country’s largest two cities Auckland and Wellington, although there are also opportunities available in popular tourism destinations, such as Queenstown.


  • Hospitality & Tourism Jobs NZ: Beneficiaries of a Massive Tourism Boom

Last but not least is hospitality & tourism jobs, which supports New Zealand’s booming $14.5 billion tourism industry that last calendar year welcomed a record 3.5 million visitors to the country – not bad for a nation with just 4.6 million people! Hospitality & Tourism is also one of New Zealand’s largest employers, with over 180,000 working in various related positions including barista jobs, chef jobs, events & functions jobs and just to give a few examples. With growth of 92% predicted for the 3 years to 2020, this field is also a safe bet for Kiwi job seekers who are looking for a role that gets them out & about and enjoying their country’s world famous scenery. As of 2016, average salaries in this field were a healthy NZD $54,145 per annum.


Where These Jobs Are: Hospitality and tourism jobs in New Zealand can be found right across the country, from the two largest cities Auckland and Wellington, to popular tourist destinations such as Queenstown, Northland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty.


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