Working in New Zealand

As a place to live and work, New Zealand enjoys an enviable reputation. It’s tucked away at the bottom of the world, between Australia and Antarctica, and is also known as Aotearoa or “The land of the long white cloud”.

As part of the British commonwealth, New Zealand bears many similarities to the United Kingdom — from place names to the planning of many of New Zealand’s iconic towns and cities.

It is home to cities that are rated amongst the top 10 best places to live worldwide. There is a strong economy but moderate cost of living compared with other western countries. The diverse landscape and easy access to a huge amount of recreational activities are two of New Zealand’s biggest selling points. And with a small population of only 4.5 million people, there are many places you can visit without feeling crowded.

New Zealand currently has very low unemployment. This is helped by a strong construction industry due to the Canterbury rebuild following the earthquakes of 2010/2011, the ever growing Auckland housing market and our strong export economy. Employers here are constantly looking beyond our shores for talented professionals in areas such as construction, engineering, IT and health and social services.

New Zealand’s high immigration rate makes it a culturally diverse nation. This also gives us access to products and services from most countries around the world.


Smart Sparks is consistently seeking overseas applicants to assist with New Zealand skill shortages.

Due to the continued growth of New Zealand’s economy, industry growth across a number of areas and low unemployment, the New Zealand government has created a number of skill shortage lists. Overseas individuals who meet certain requirements can obtain a work permit to allow them to work in New Zealand for up to 12 months. There are options to become a New Zealand resident after this period, if certain conditions are met.

Individuals who hold an Electrotechnology qualification from their own country can apply to the New Zealand Electrical Workers Registration board for assessment. Provisional licensing can be obtained to allow for entry into New Zealand. From here, overseas qualified individuals can work under supervision until they have met the EWRB requirements to obtain NZ Registration, which can then assist in obtaining New Zealand residency.

For further information about living and working in New Zealand, visit these websites: