New Zealand: construction boom offers opportunities.

Two thousand kilometres east in New Zealand, a major property and construction boom is underway and thousands of Brits are expected to capitalise and fill the skills shortage gaps.

It’s the biggest construction boom in 40 years with Auckland at the epicentre – the National Construction Pipeline expects a 150 per cent increase in housing demand in this city alone over the next five years.

As New Zealand’s population increases, long term skills shortages are also evident in areas such as health and social services, engineering and education.

June Ranson, Vice Chairman of the New Zealand Association of Migration and Investment (NZAMI), says, “It is not only the 100,000 homes that need rebuilding in Christchurch but there’s also an immediate need for 30,000 in Auckland as there hasn’t been sufficient houses built there since 2008.

The demand is fuelled by population growth as a number of New Zealanders have moved back home following the financial crisis. Every skill associated with construction is on the shortages list.”

“New Zealand is scheduled to have a sustained economic growth of 3 per cent plus over the next few years”, continues June.

“Opportunities are offered from construction project managers to civil engineers, brick layers to carpenters and from stone masons to plasterers. Remember not all trades will qualify for residence; this depends on the qualifications and experience of the applicant. Interested parties should do their research and talk to approved Licensed Immigration Advisors or Immigration Lawyers.”

Anglo Pacific offers a dedicated job search service with applicants invited to register free of charge and without obligation.

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