Review of the New Zealand labor market

New Zealand made a strategic decision to receive every year tens of thousands of immigrants arriving on a professional basis through a work visa or a resident visa.

New Zealand is currently in constant and rising demand for quality and professional workforce to strengthen the economy with advanced and innovative technologies and information-based industries, and reduce dependence on traditional industries such as goods, tourism and small family services.

Migration is one of the government’s levers to aid economic growth both on the supply side of job creation and integration of knowledge and skills, as well as the consumer demand and increasing purchasing power.

Professions that New Zealand declared as preferable are mainly in the following areas:


There are five main players in the job seeking process in New Zealand:


 The main player – the candidate (job seeker):

Several actions must be taken in order to get a job offer or at least increase the chances for getting a job:

  1. Prepare a resume in a New Zealand format (see link on this site [link]).
  2. Prepare a cover letter that summarizes the personal and professional background.
  3. Check with an immigration consultant if the candidate’s profession is an “Occupation in Demand”.
  4. Direct approach of potential employers according to the field and occupation of the candidate.
  5. Direct approach of recruitment agencies specializing in the field in which the candidate has the most experience.
  6. Searching for jobs offered on the immigration consultant site.
  7. Applying through social networks.
  8. Looking for job in employment portals.
  9. Contacting employers who are “Accredited”. (See link on the site [link])

 Recruitment agencies:

The labor market in New Zealand is dominated primarily by recruitment agencies. Recruitment agencies receive job requirements from employers, advertise the jobs on the internet, and are responsible for finding a suitable candidate.

Recruitment agencies are trying to increase their chances of success with the employer over time and reduce the risk of placement of unsuitable candidates.

Recruitment agencies’ candidacy process:

The recruitment agency sends the candidate a questionnaire to be filled in together with a resume. In this questionnaire it informs the applicant that a move to New Zealand involves expenses and a work visa is required. Following preliminary interview (telephone or Skype) with the recruitment agency, the applicant will receive a recommendation for an employer from the agency.


Many companies in the technology (ICT), biotechnology, medicine and engineering sectors undergo accelerated development following increasing demand for products from New Zealand on the global market.

Employers seek stable and committed candidates who can diversify their workplace and stimulate the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit. The employer will interview employees after recruitment agencies transfer their recommendations and collect preliminary information on the candidates. The telephone / Skype interview with the employer is very important since that it carries substantial weight in determining a candidate’s chances of success.

Most employers in New Zealand work through recruitment agencies, but you should also send a direct application with a cover letter and a resume (see link [link]) to the HR department of leading companies in the field in which you specialize and in which you wish to work.

The terms of the employer should be studied in detail: wages, commitment, engagement period, arrival time, social benefits, and so on. By this time you should already contact the immigration consultant and start preparing supporting documents to complete the work visa application.


There is no work visa without a job offer and no job offer without ensuring a work visa. We must act on both levels in order to succeed! Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is the executive arm of the government on the subject of immigration laws and regulations.

The INZ is part of the government office that deals with economic development, innovation and employment. The INZ is responsible for the implementation of the government policy on the subject of immigration.

This government policy favors people who can contribute to the economy and society in New Zealand. The addition of high-quality workforce to New Zealand’s labor market improves the demographic balance of New Zealand and contributes to productivity and long-term economic growth.

Immigration policies focus mainly on locating, inviting and integrating people with high professional skills (TALENTS) in areas of high future growth potential for the national economy, as well as professions in which there is a persistent shortage of candidates.