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Real Business : Issue 1 2009
NEW ZEALANd I T mIgHT be a small nation in global terms, but when it comes to combining a broad spectrum of employment opportunities with outdoor adventure to cover all four seasons, world renowned scenery, a safe community environment and exceptional further education facilities, then New Zealand punches above its weight. Accountants and auditors have long featured on New Zealand’s skills shortage list, but the global financial crisis has created a contraction of the large numbers that had previously been welcomed with open arms. The latest round of graduate opportunities will arise in June when companies have indicated they will look at new intakes. While ongoing immigration is important to New Zealand with the government providing a great deal of support for skilled arrivals, the mechanisms for entry and the success rate can vary. Even though accountants and auditors currently feature on the skills shortage lists, all in-demand categories are reviewed twice a year. There is a work to residence provision which allows temporary employment as a step to gaining permanent residence. There are also temporary work permits available where an individual has a job offer from a New Zealand employer, but each case will be assessed on an individual basis. one of the best options is to look at a working holiday, which provides the opportunity for face-to-face job interviews and the time to check various locations in both the north and south islands. CpA Australia’s New REAL BUSINESS ISSUE 1, 2009 SpECTACUlAr oNE oF THE bEST opTIoNS For grADUATES IS A WoRkINg HoLIdAy Zealand branch director, David lee, points out that prospective employers will look for work experience and a global perspective when hiring as international business operations are playing an increasingly large part in the economy. New Zealand’s economy relies heavily on export and import sectors, with dairy the largest, followed by educational services. However, positions are advertised across all industry sectors. International students studying in New Zealand add considerably to the pool who seek jobs after graduation. Strong English language skills are a must. Also, don’t expect to earn as much as you could in other countries. Salary levels are around one-third less than an equivalent position in Australia. David counsels though that what attracts high numbers from Asia, India, China, the UK / Europe, the US and Canada is the lifestyle trade-off. New Zealand’s cities and land area are relatively small, which means close proximity to schools and universities, plus a quick getaway from a cosmopolitan city lifestyle for access to sporting events, leisure activities such as skiing in winter or surfing in summer, beaches and spectacular scenery, familiar to movie goers from the Academy award winning trilogy lord of the rings. David warns that there is a tendency for most young arrivals to gravitate towards New Zealand’s largest city of Auckland. However, the government is actively encouraging those seeking permanent residency or on working holidays to go to other towns and cities naturally beautiful: Milford sound (top left) auckland and Queenstown (above) where a broad spectrum of job opportunities may be more available. The reality is that housing and living costs in Auckland can be as high as those in any highly urbanised environment and the competition for employment is fierce. Entry visa requirements vary depending on your country of origin. “It is a very different culture for many, so it is far safer to try a working holiday first”, lee says. Working holiday visas are available for those aged between 18 and 30. l NEt gAINS Immigration NZ http://www.immigration.govt.nz Working in NZ http://www.workingin-newzealand.com/ New Zealand http://www.newzealand.com/ NZ Visa Bureau http://www.visabureau.com/newzealand/ long-term-skill-shortage-list.aspx 9 working overseas
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