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Job opportunities in New Zealand


British professionals are being urged to take advantage of a major skills shortage in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city.

The city is looking for workers in the fields of engineering, digital and ICT expertise and there are also lots of opportunities in professional management.

Paul Arthur, director of migration advisors The Emigration Group said: "There is a huge skills shortage across the board in Auckland, which the city is desperate to rectify. The skill shortage means the job climate is very favourable to immigrants, both in terms of job availability and ensuring the best salary package.”

The Committee for Auckland, working alongside the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment commissioned a study of the city’s business leaders to identify what was holding the region back.

One of the problems identified was a lack of home-grown talent in key sectors, with school leavers ill-informed about the skills most needed in the city’s workforce.

This leaves many Auckland companies looking abroad for the executive talent needed to drive the city’s economy.  According to The Emigration Group Brits are particularly well-placed to succeed in Auckland thanks to language and cultural similarities, as well as the high esteem in which British systems of education and industry are held.

Paul said: "British engineers, marketers and digital specialists are particularly sought after, with the city struggling to find the workforce to work in its booming industries. However the skill shortage can be seen in almost every sector, from technology to catering.”

With a population of 1.3 million, Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, home to 31% of the country’s residents. It’s also widely considered one of the best cities in the world to live, ranking 3rd on Mercer’s 2011 Quality of Living Survey.

Auckland is also famed for its outstanding bar and restaurant scene, attracting international chefs to its top restaurants. Many are located around the Westhaven Marina, which houses many of the city’s 135,000 yachts and launches – more per capita than any other city in the world.

Paul Arthur said: "There will never be a better time for Brits to take advantage of the skill shortage in Auckland this is a unique opportunity to experience living in one of the world’s most beautiful cities.”

Since 1992, The Emigration Group has helped thousands of UK residents to achieve their dream of a new life Down Under, providing a complete migration package which includes visa preparation and management, job search and resettlement services.

For more information about emigration to New Zealand or Australia The Emigration Group is hosting a seminar in London on Saturday 8 September and one in London on Sunday 9 September.  To book a place or to speak to The Emigration Group visit or call 01244 321 414.