Best Paying Jobs in New Zealand
NZ Immigration Specialist

Category Archives:August 2014


Best Paying Jobs in New Zealand

1. Consulting and Strategy

Median pay: $100,842

That’s right, the median pay is over six figures, according to Seek. It’s the big organisations such as Fonterra, Fletcher Building and Progressive Enterprises pushing up the salaries in this bracket.

2. Information and Communication Technology

Median pay: $92,000- $95,000

No surprises here. Of course IT experts are still in hot demand, and are being offered the big bucks. This category takes out top spot in the TradeMe Salary Guide, and is in third place on Seek.

3. Engineering

Median pay: $75,000- $93,000

Seek ranks engineering as the second highest-paying industry. Your chances of landing a job in geotechnical, civil and structural engineering are high, especially if you’re prepared to move down south and take part in the Christchurch rebuild.

4. Property

Median pay: $71,400 – $75,000

Getting into property is still lucrative, but the category has dropped in ranking since this time last year. The top earners are in commercial sales and leasing where the median pay is $115,000 per year.

5. Banking and Financial Services

Median pay: $65,000 – $71,000

It’s the corporate bankers and managers who push this category up with high earnings.

When it comes to brokers and financial advisors, the outlook is good. According to MBIE, many workers in these occupations are likely to retire over the next decade. The advice for those entering the occupation is to start establishing a client list early, as they take time to build up.

6. Marketing and Communications

Median pay: $65,000- $78,000

If you enter this industry for the pay, look straight past becoming a journalist or direct marketer (both on a median wage of $45,000 per year). Brand managers and managers in general push up the median pay in this category.

7. Construction

Median pay: $60,000 – $78,000

The construction industry continues to grow, with good job prospects for engineers, project managers, welders, carpenters and electricians.

8. HR and Recruitment

Median pay: $65,000- $71,000

According to MBIE, the demand for human resource (HR) professionals is expected to grow slightly in the next decade. The chances of getting a job are fair, especially for those with specialist experience. Job opportunities for HR practitioners are best in: professional services, financial services, telecommunications, and supermarkets.

9. Government, Defence and Council

Median pay: $65,000- $67,000

Those who work in defence earn the least in this category, while those in central government earn the most.

10. Science and Technology

Median pay: $55,000 – $65,000

According to MBIE, prospects for science technicians are improving with increased research funding. The best opportunities lie in the applied sciences, and in areas that the Government has prioritised for funding in 2010-2014: biological industries, health, environment, and high-value manufacturing and services.

Sources: TradeMe Salary GuideSeek Salary Snapshot



Category Archives:August 2014

UntitledNew Zealand Residence Programme

Thursday, 24 July 2014

The government has agreed to establish a two-year New Zealand Residence Programme (NZRP), to run from the beginning of July 2014 until the end of June 2016.

The NZRP provides a planning range of the number of people approved for New Zealand residence, and is divided into different residence streams: Skilled/Business, Family and International/Humanitarian. It aims to ensure an optimal level of immigration into New Zealand for economic growth, enhanced international linkages and a high level of social cohesion.


Cabinet has agreed a total planning range of 90,000 to 100,000 residence approvals in the two-year period from July 2014 to June 2016, with a breakdown between residence streams as outlined in the table below:


Approval planning ranges for each residence stream in the 2014-16 NZRP


Residence stream Planning approvals low Planning approvals high
Skilled/Business 53,800 59,950
International/Humanitarian 6,500 7,650
Family 29,700 32,400
Total 90,000 100,000


Note: The previous NZRP was a three-year programme running from July 2011 to June 2014 and had a planning range of 135,000 to 150,000 (an average of 45,000 to 50,000 per year).

Category Archives:August 2014



Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL)

What is the Immediate Skill Shortage List?

The Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL) is a list of occupations which are in shortage in particular regions of New Zealand.

This list is updated everysix months.

When supporting a temporary work visa application for an occupation on the Immediate Skills Shortage List, an employer doesn’t need to provide evidence of attempting to recruit New Zealanders for the position.

Evidence of recruitment attempts is not required because Immigration New Zealand recognises that employers are unable to find enough people with these skills and qualifications in New Zealand.

A person seeking a temporary work visa for an occupation on the ISSL  must meet the exact qualification and work experience requirements as specified on the list.

If you don’t have meet the exact qualification and work experience requirements specified on the Immediate Skills Shortage List for a particular occupation, we may not consider you qualified for that occupation.

Please note that this list is not used for Skilled Migrant Category or other residence policies – it only applies to temporary work visa policy.


Category Archives:August 2014


Long Term Skilled Shortage List (LTSSL)

What is the Long Term Skill Shortage List?

The Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) is a list of skilled occupations that are in sustained shortage all over New Zealand.

The list is updated every 6 months.

This list is commonly used in the Work to Residence instructions and in the Skilled Migrant Category.

In the Skilled Migrant Category for example, you may claim bonus points in your Expression of Interest (EOI) if your:

is on the Long Term Skill Shortage List (referred to as the “Area of absolute skill shortage”).


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