New Zealand pushes to attract more skilled workers
In an effort to fill a skills shortage, New Zealand is offering expat Kiwis and Australians the opportunity to cross the Tasman and apply for jobs.
It is estimated that the New Zealand economy will create around 50,000 new jobs over the coming two years. The government intends to roll out a number of expos to attract skilled workers in the fields of hospitality, IT, healthcare, trades, engineering, construction and business.
Steven Joyce, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, said unemployment in his country had dipped significantly. Australia’s unemployment level is 6.2 per cent compared to New Zealand’s 5.4 per cent.
In October there was net migration to New Zealand. This is the first time the brain-drain has been reversed in more than two decades. In 2011, following the devastating earthquake in Christchurch, as many as 3,000 Kiwis were leaving the country every month.
Although wages may not yet be on a par with Australia, many immigrants are attracted to New Zealand because of a better standard of living. At a recent job expo in Perth around 1,600 job seekers came to find out more about the employment opportunities across the ditch. Mr Joyce said around 60 per cent were Kiwis with the rest being made up of interested parties from Australia and countries further afield including Ireland.
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