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50,000 jobs in NZ for construction workers

Overseas workers needed to bridge the workforce shortfall

The skill shortage in the construction industry is such that an estimated 55,000 to 60,000 additional workers are expected to be needed in the next 5 years. With almost 70% of jobs on the long term skill shortage in the construction industry, this means there are a lot of opportunities to migrate to NZ for those that have the skillset needed to contribute to the building of new houses, roads, and other infrastructure, at all levels.

It is expected more construction companies will continue to source international workers for at least a few more years.

Back in January, seven building-related occupations were been added to the Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL) to allow easier recruitment from overseas, including:

  • plumber,
  • roof tiler,
  • fibrous plasterer
  • carpenter
  • joiner


Study construction in New Zealand

There are several tertiary qualifications in NZ that will kickstart your migration via the construction industry. Have a look at UNITEC’s Graduate Diploma in Construction Management, a level 7 course that offers great employment prospects after just one year of study.

Let us assess your eligibility for a New Zealand work visa or residence. Simply fill in the form below and we will be in touch!

ELIGIBILITY ASSESSMENT