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Published on April 20th, 2010 | by


Strong economic recovery in New Zealand reignites need for skilled workers from the UK

A strong economic recovery and predictions of continued economic growth throughout 2010 has reignited the need for skilled British migrants in New Zealand, according to a new labour market update released by Immigration New Zealand. Statistics show that the New Zealand economy grew by 0.8% over the December 2009 quarter, the third consecutive quarterly increase. GDP per capita also rose by 0.5%, spelling the first rise in GDP in the country for two years.

The economic recovery in New Zealand has been particularly strong in the manufacturing sector with activity rising by 4.5% in the December 2009 quarter. Growth was also recorded in wholesale trade, retail and hospitality. Early predictions by the March 2010 NZIER Consensus Forecast is for the economy to grow by 3.1% in the year to March 2011, indicating a positive economic outlook for New Zealand post-recession.

The continued economic growth is creating increased opportunities in the labour market. The Department of Labour’s Jobs Online index for example showed a 6.6% rise in the number of advertised vacancies in the three months to February 2010, while the National Bank Business Outlook for February reported a net 9.2% of firms intend to increase staffing levels over the next year.

Several New Zealand based employers are particularly keen to talk to skilled British workers who are interested in embarking on a new life in the ‘land of the long white cloud.’ The New Zealand Transport Agency is a state-owned enterprise that is currently on the look out for senior project managers and engineers. Similarly, Hamilton Jet is currently recruiting engineers and foundry workers in the aeronautical and marine sectors. Applications from British workers are welcome.

Andrew Lockhart, regional manager for Immigration New Zealand comments: ““New Zealand has emerged from the global financial crisis in relatively good shape and the outlook for the next 12 months is looking positive.

“As the economy improves, so does the demand for highly skilled workers and the prospects for skilled workers from the UK to move and start a new life in New Zealand. In most cases, Brits with the right qualifications who can secure specific jobs within their sector should be entitled to permanent residency. What’s more, because skilled workers are currently highly in demand in sectors such as engineering, the immigration process should only take a few months to complete”

New Zealand currently targets 45,000 skilled immigrants a year, with Britain being the largest source country of migrants with an annual average of 17,000 Brits opting to live permanently in New Zealand.


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