New Zealand’s employment market has been gathering steam steadily since the global financial crisis – a trend that’s set to continue. There are many job openings for specialists in industries such as medicine, engineering and IT. But there are also opportunities to contribute more generalist skills.

Some skills are in chronically short supply, and Immigration New Zealand has lists of skill shortages. If you are offered a job in New Zealand which appears on a skill shortage list and you have the qualifications and experience to match, getting a work and residence visa will be easier. This is because the Government has identified that employers need to recruit people from overseas to help meet demand for your skills.