Working in Auckland

Posted: 12.01.2017

New Zealand's largest and most densely populated city is surrounded by water with two harbours and gorgeous blue waters, also known affectionately as the Big Little City and Tamaki Makaurau in Maori. Auckland has much to offer its residents and tourists coming into the area. Around 1/3 of people in New Zealand live in Auckland and are made of locals and immigrants, making it a very vibrant and culturally diverse city.
Auckland is a wonderful combination of New Zealand's stunning natural beauty and an interesting blend of old and new infrastructure. The cosmopolitan city offers much in the way of urban and outdoor living, the Waitakere Ranges and the gorgeous west coast beaches Piha and Muriwai as well as the Hauraki Gulf and the Waitemata Harbour are near by and accessible by day trip. Unbelievably, the city is actually also circled by 11 extinct volcanoes!
Auckland is undeniably the engine room of New Zealand's economy and so jobs are plentiful and diverse. Auckland's technology sector offers impressive opportunities for those in this industry and My Job Space has a dedicated section for these roles. Many Auckland companies in the ICT area are internationally renowned and the ICT sector has grown 80% I the last decade.  With a limited supply of talent in the Auckland tech sector, good skills and qualifications are in high demand.
Manufacturing, health, food and beverage, hospitality, construction and engineering, and business services, such as legal and accounting, management services and marketing,  are the sectors that employ the most people in the Auckland area.
Construction is another booming industry due to Auckland's rapid population growth. This combined with a severe skills shortage means that jobs are in great supply across a range of fields.
Planned work in Auckland includes:
  • civil work – including roads, rail and interchanges for bus/train, residential subdivisions, water, wastewater, storm water
  • new residential builds – including more apartments (particularly in the central city) and special housing areas (government initiatives to meet housing needs)
  • retirement villages – both new and expansions to existing villages
  • new town centres and improvements to older suburbs
  • student accommodation
  • commercial – including retail outlets, mixed-use developments (mix of residential, retail, office and parking), hotels, flexible-plan commercial buildings, airport terminal expansion, car parking, civic buildings, tourist and sporting facilities, theatres, zoo redevelopment, university buildings, school expansions
  • Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment National Construction Pipeline Report 2016
Top job opportunities in Auckland
Auckland’s highest construction related roles are expected to grow by the following percentage between 2015 and 2021:
  • Project builder – 39%
  • Construction project manager – 31%
  • Architectural, building and surveying technicians – 25%
  • Civil engineering professionals – 21%
There are also many many opportunities for trades workers with skills, including plumbers, electricians, carpenters, joiners, building and plumbing labourers, and electrical distribution trades workers. My Job Space has a huge amount of advertised jobs for trades people.
Auckland is a short drive away from the stunning natural landscapes including the Waitakere Ranges and wildly beautiful west coast beaches, such as Piha and Muriwai. To the east, the sun rises over the island-studded Hauraki Gulf and Waitemata Harbour (Waitemata literally means "sparkling water"). This perfect combination of urban living and the great outdoors makes Auckland a wonderful place to live.
The city is also rich in interesting geological features - it is encircled by 11 extinct volcanoes! Climb to the top of Mt Eden and One Tree hill and you can enjoy superb views over the city and harbour.

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