The labor market in New Zealand


New Zealand's labor market is quite open to expatriates. Various opportunities exist in different fields.

In New Zealand, you will find many job opportunities in certain areas, as in the IT industry and new technologies. Highly skilled workers are also needed in the trade and tourism sectors.

In order to find a job in the country, do not hesitate to use the Internet, read ads in newspapers, visit temporary staffing agencies, ask your friends or by words of mouth. Remember to adapt you CV to local norms. You can find out more about writing a CV in New Zealand at

It is important to contact the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) before your departure in order to assess your curriculum and qualifications. This evaluation should be taken into account by local employers. You can visit the NZQA.

Some professions require a special permission to be performed (doctors, lawyers and legal professions). If your profession requires a special permission, you need to contact the NZQA to assess your curriculum, meet the local requirements and register with the professional order that governs your profession.To find a job in New Zealand, good skills in English are mandatory.


The minimum wage is set by law at 480 NZ$ for a 40 hours working week, that is 96$NZ for a 8 hours working day. Those who are less than 16 years old are entitled to a minimum wage of 12 NZ$ per hour. Employees are entitled to 3 weeks paid holiday per year, provided that they have worked at least 12 months for the same employer. 

  Useful link:

Department of Labour New Zealand

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