New Zealand Needs 45,000 Construction Workers till 2021

A recent report from the government projects that the demand for constructions workers in New Zealand will increase by an average of 10 percent between 2015 and 2021.

The occupations will experience the largest increase will be Electricians (up by 14 percent, Plumbers (+13%) and Civil Engineering Professionals (up by 11%). 

The table below shows the projected need for the 6-year period:

Occupations

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020O

2021

% Change

Const. Proj. Manager

4,792

5,258

5,468

5,466

5,365

5,213

5,197

8%

Project Builder

25,943

29,618

30,821

30,276

29,765

28,174

27,455

6%

Civil Eng’g Professionals

11,989

12,745

13,088

13,193

13,200

13,156

13,261

11%

Architectural Bldg and Surveying Technicians

6,827

7,313

7,508

7,506

7,485

7,407

7,432

9%

Carpenters & Joiners

14,236

15,830

16,411

16,190

15,845

15,094

14,821

4%

Plumbers

9,953

11,113

11,769

11,820

11,651

11,273

11,235

13%

Electricians

16,696

18,389

19,369

19,561

19,409

18,971

18,975

14%

Elec. Dist. Trades Workers

2,858

2,975

3,013

3,012

3,057

3,105

3,147

10%

Other Misc. Laborers

47,058

49,380

50,375

50,717

51,038

51,156

51,571

10%

Bldg & Plumbing Laborers

11,454

12,352

12,677

12,623

12,545

12,358

12,350

8%

TOTAL

490,114

521,753

535,957

539,021

540,102

536,922

539,503

10%

By 2019, Auckland alone would need a total of 183,728 construction workers; Waikato Bay of Plenty – 82,370;  Canterbury- 73,542; and Wellington 51,306.

How NZ Employers May Recruit from Overseas

New Zealand employers must establish that there are no citizens, residents (New Zealanders) available and eligible for the job being offered particularly if the applicant’s occupation is on the Essential Skills Work visa list.

On the other hand, employers needing workers whose occupations are on the Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL) testing the New Zealand labor market is no longer necessary.  This option provides a faster processing of the application.

Workers (55 years or below) however, must have the necessary work experience, qualifications and occupational registration (if needed) to work in an occupation that must be on NZ’s Long Term Skill Shortage List.  The offer of employment must be for full-time work for at least 24 months.

The requirements are set out by the New Zealand Immigration Services on their website, shared below:

                               ESSENTIAL SKILLS WORK VISA                   PHILIPPINE SPECIAL WORK VISA

This visa is for you if...

 ... you've been offered a job that no New Zealanders are available to do, and you're planning a temporary stay in New Zealand.

… you’re a citizen of the Philippines who wants to come to New Zealand to work as a registered nurse, farm manager or engineering professional.

Criteria you must meet

  • You must have a full-time job offer.
  • You must have the necessary skills and experience to work in your occupation, as listed in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).
  • If it’s required to work in your occupation in New Zealand, you must have New Zealand registration.
  • You must have a New Zealand job offer for full-time work as a registered nurse, farm manager or engineering professional.
  • You must have the necessary qualifications, work experience and occupational registration to do the work that you’re offered.

How long can I stay on this visa

Up to 5 years depending on the skill level of the job you’re offered

Up to 3 years

With this visa you can...

  • Work in New Zealand for the employer whose job offer is the basis of your visa application.
  • Come to New Zealand to work as a registered nurse, farm manager or engineering professional.
  • Study for up to 3 months in any 12-month period.

After this visa...

…if you have an offer of full-time work from an employer who first made genuine attempts to recruit New Zealanders for the job, you can apply for another Essential Skills Work Visa.

...you can apply for New Zealand residence through our Skilled Migrant Category.

Opening and closing dates and times

You can apply for this visa at any time.

Places are available now. Places close when the quotas allowed by this visa are filled. Under the Philippines Special Work Instructions at any one time New Zealand can have:

  • 100 Philippines nurses
  • 20 Philippines farm managers
  • 20 Philippines engineering professionals

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About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.


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