It’s no secret New Zealand is in the middle of a serious construction boom. Largely driven by Auckland’s massive population growth, as well as the after-effects of the earthquakes in the Canterbury region, the boom shows no sign of slowing down. Last year it was predicted that New Zealand would need more than 50,000 construction workers by 2022 to keep up with demand.

Looking for your next construction job? There are excellent opportunities for construction workers in New Zealand right now. Read on for a list of construction jobs in high demand, as well as expert advice from our construction specialist, Tom Kilby.

Skills in high demand

According to the Immigration New Zealand skill shortage list, the following construction jobs are in high demand (last updated 27 May 2019):

  • Project Manager
  • Foreman
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Leading Hand
  • Construction Manager
  • Commercial Manager
  • Estimator
  • Trade qualified carpenter

With construction companies struggling to uphold a high delivery of work, it’s now more important than ever for companies to hire candidates with recent and relevant experience. Depending on the role, construction companies could be looking for workers with 5+ years in the industry within similar roles.

 Advice for construction job seekers

Having recent and relevant experience is one thing, but knowing where to start your job search is another kettle of fish entirely. We’ve identified four key tips to get you started on your search for employment.

1. Identify a specialist recruitment agency

A specialised recruitment agency like Franklin Smith can help you get to know the market inside and out. Construction recruiters are living and breathing the industry daily, and this kind of expertise can give you a serious edge in your job search. Utilise your recruitment agency to gain a thorough understanding of the market to make informed decisions on which company is the best fit for you.

2. Work with one agency exclusively

While the construction industry in the country is booming, New Zealand is a small place. Two degrees of separation applies here, and the crossover is high. Working with multiple recruitment agencies can get messy, and can sometimes damage your reputation in the market. Choose one (a good one), and stick with them.

3. Invest time in a good CV

A good CV can make or break your chances at employment. The industry is competitive, and standing out against your competition is crucial. Consider creating a video CV, a secret weapon in today’s modern job search. Franklin Smith can help you perfect your construction CV – get in touch with us today.

4. Identify the best construction company for you

While it might be tempting to go with your first job offer, it’s wise to be picky. The biggest salary within the biggest construction company might not be a recipe for long-term success. The market is volatile, so you should take into account the long term prospects of the company. You should also consider whether the company culture is a good fit for you.

5. Understand your position in the market

Use your recruitment agency to understand your market value. Are you being paid above/below the market rate? You could maximise your earning potential in a boom market with this information.

Want to chat about all things construction? Our recruitment experts are fortified with plenty of career advice and industry knowledge to give you the edge on your quest for new employment. Reach out to us today.

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