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Dunedin is one of New Zealand's cities attracting more and more expatriates every year due to its economic development and prosperity. It is the second largest city in the South Island of New Zealand also the Otago region's main city, and ranked seventh among the largest cities in all of New Zealand. It should not be difficult to find a job there if you have the required skills.

Dunedin's economy

Dunedin is currently experiencing an employment boom that is predicted to continue for some time. In the past two years, nearly 1,800 jobs have been added to the local economy, with many of those in the construction sector. Other industries that have recently grown are agriculture, forestry, fishing, hospitality and administration. Some highly skilled industries like IT and business support have also recently moved to the area.

Tourism and retail are also popular job sectors, contributing greatly to the economy as of late. The city’s GDP increased by 2.7% from 2016-2017 and unemployment is a low 4.2%. Incomes vary depending on your skills and experience, but most professionals can expect to earn NZ$50,000 and up, with the average job advertised on career site Seek offering NZ$63,000. The median income overall is a bit lower at NZ$23,300.

Dunedin is home to the esteemed University of Otago, so education and research also play a huge role in the local economy. Students and academics from all over the world come to attend and teach here. The city also has hydroelectric plants near the Waipori falls, as well as biotechnology and food and beverage industries.

Finding a job

Due to its developments over the years, Dunedin has a lot to offer both professional and temporary workers. If you are in the academic community and want to come to the region, it’s worth exploring the University of Otago for opportunities. If you are already planning to attend the university, they can likely help you to find employment to supplement your time outside of studying. Students and those on working holiday may also look to the tourism and hospitality industries for more short-term or part time work.

Classified ads both online and in newspapers, hostel notice boards, and word-of-mouth are all good ways to help you land one of those jobs. Those in the scientific, construction, and engineering fields will likely qualify for the skilled migrant visa and can begin contacting companies from outside New Zealand to organise a contract. With multinational companies have made a home base in the area, opportunities in the professional fields abound for expats.

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