New Zealand Job Expo to Recruit WA Construction Workers

Western Australian construction workers may soon see themselves being recruited by New Zealand employers as the country’s economy begins to lift and the rate of unemployment falls. The country is seeking skilled construction workers, an article on explains.

Even more reason for people considering construction as a career has presented itself, this time as opportunities for construction jobs open up in New Zealand. While Australia experiences its own construction boom, construction workers are now also in demand in New Zealand.

According to the article, a contingent of 30 New Zealand government and business representatives will travel to Pert next week to attempt to fill  2000 immediate vacancies and convince thousands more to move across to New Zealand. They will apparently also be trying to persuade expatriates, who left to work in mining in WA, to return home especially as activity in the Australian mining sector winds down.

The New Zealand Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce said that many positions are available in various sectors of the economy. ICT and construction are in particular need of workers, the minister said:

4269872-3x2-340x227“We have some real shortages in a few areas, one in the ICT space, that’s common around the world, but in New Zealand we have some fast-growing ICT companies,” he said.

We’re training as many people as we can but there’s a shortage.

“Our economy’s going pretty well and we’ve got some significant shortages so we thought it would be an opportunity to profile the fact that there’s some great opportunities back in NZ.”

“In the construction area, obviously the Christchurch rebuild is continuing.”


The “rebuild” that the minister is speaking of, which is driving construction in Christchurch was caused by the earthquake that hit in 2011 and resulted in the deaths of 185 people. It also destroyed 70 per cent of buildings in Christ Church city centre.

Auckland has a real shortage of construction workers and the government is appealing for workers who left New Zealand to work in WA during the boom here, to return to Auckland to fill skills shortages.

Mr Joyce went on to explain:

“There’s significant numbers of New Zealanders that have worked in Western Australia over the last few years around some of the bigger projects which are now finishing,” said Mr Joyce.


Mr Joyce said that between 300,000 to 400,000 New Zealanders moved to Tasman in the last 15 years for work. Now that employment rates are improving and skills shortages are being identified, these workers are being asked to consider moving back.

It is believed that job offers are going to be made to workers on the spot, particularly in sectors like construction and engineering. Nigel Bickle from New Zealand’s Ministry of Business explained:

“With unemployment falling and economic growth picking up, we need as many skilled workers as we can find particularly in construction, engineering, healthcare, the tech sector and trades,” he said.

“We’re visiting Perth to urge skilled workers to relocate temporarily or permanently. We’re also asking Kiwis to consider returning home.”


There has never been a better time to enter the construction industry, and for workers who aren’t sure what their next step should be, they should be completing the White Card course which is the mandatory general construction safety course in Oz. No matter where in the world workers move, the knowledge gained by completing the White Card course is invaluable to safety and can be applied anywhere in the world to enhance health and safety, even if workers are considering moving to New Zealand or anywhere else in Australia.

Mr Joyce went on to explain that more skilled workers were needed to continue the country’s economic growth which is why they will recruiting workers at the Jobs Expo at Scarborough’s Rendezvous Hotel on November 22 and 23.Mr Joyce explained:

“We’ve been growing at just under 4 per cent and it looks like we’re continuing to grow,” he said.

“Unemployment is down in the low 5s and our employment is up to nearly two-thirds of the adult population which is quite a significant lift.

“The worry is that we’ll start to hit capacity constraints for our economy in particular areas, including construction, engineering and ICT, unless we keep building that workforce.”



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