New Zealand’s job market is constantly evolving and the in-demand jobs can change over time. However, certain sectors and industries have historically been in high demand in New Zealand and tend to have a consistent need for skilled workers.
- Healthcare: the healthcare sector in New Zealand is currently in high demand and has been facing shortages in several areas, like doctors, nurses and physiotherapists.
- Construction: with the high demand for housing in New Zealand, the construction sector has also seen an increase in demand for skilled workers in recent years. Tradespeople like carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and bricklayers are in high demand.
- Information Technology: there is a high demand for IT professionals like software engineers, developers, and data analysts in New Zealand.
- Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing: there are opportunities in New Zealand for people with skills in farming, viticulture, and horticulture, as well as in forestry, fishing and aquaculture.
- Education and Training: teachers and trainers in high-demand areas like STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) are in high demand in New Zealand
- Engineering: various engineering roles, especially civil, mechanical, electrical engineers are in demand.
The list goes on, depending on the current economic situation of the country and region, some industries may grow and create more opportunities, while others may slow down. It is also important to note that the current immigration context is affected by COVID-19, and therefore the demand for certain occupations may change. Therefore, it is always best to check the official website of the Immigration New Zealand (INZ) for the latest list of essential skills in demand, or consult an immigration agent or lawyer for more specific information about the current job market in New Zealand.