Christchurch Rebuild

Shortage of workers prompts massive employment drive in NZ

Construction, manufacturing and other industries in New Zealand are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit suitable workers, which has prompted a huge hiring drive across the country. 

According to Civil Contractors New Zealand (CCNZ), the construction industry will need another 30,000 workers in two years' time. Chief executive Peter Silcock said his group's attention was turning heavily towards training and recruiting a more diverse workforce.

"We need more skilled workers and the reality is that a lot of the training will need to be done on the job, which means that people can earn as they learn." 

A labour crunch in construction were also highlighted in Statistics NZ figures last month, which showed that almost 80 per cent of construction firms reported vacancies in 2016.

If you want to apply your skill set to a working life in New Zealand, complete our free initial visa evaluation form to discover your eligibility.  

Read more about the Civil Contractors New Zealand's findings here

Work in Construction? Why now is your time to move to New Zealand

Work in Construction? Why now is your time to move to New Zealand

1.       You may or may not have heard that there is currently a high demand for skilled construction workers in New Zealand. Partly driven from the regeneration of Christchurch after the 2011 earthquakes, partly driven by a migration and economic boom. More people and more money means more infrastructure is needed and being created, and this inevitably means that New Zealand needs to draw on the talent pool outside of their country to help make this happen.

 

2.       Because construction workers are in such high demand, the New Zealand government have implemented various strategies to make this easier for both employer and employee.      

 

3.       To gain a working Visa in New Zealand you don’t need a skills assessment or English test, as you do to gain a visa for Australia. So if your ultimate goal is to live and work in Australia, but cannot get because the difficulties of the visa process in Australia, you can perhaps consider New Zealand as the visa process is much more simplified – however you will in all likelihood require a job offer before applying for a visa, which is a positive thing as you need to have a job offer in place to make the move.

 

4.       You have flexibility in Visa choice. If you’re between 18-31 then you may be able to travel on a NZ Working Holiday Visa for up to 24months, giving you a chance to ‘try before you buy’. The Essential Skills Work Visa is for those filling a temporary skills gap, or the Skilled Migrant Category for those want to obtain permanent residency. There are many other visa types which gives people flexibility depending on their circumstances and preferences.

 

5.       New Zealand’s economy is booming. It’s recovered strongly from the global financial crisis and has enjoyed steady economic growth in recent years with a GDP Annual Growth Rate this quarter of 2.3%. With the Construction industry a large contributor to this overall growth, the country is attracting investors and giving skilled, capable workers a lot of opportunities for personal growth.

 

6.       New Zealand is an untouched beauty, full of breathtaking landscapes, rolling mountains, stunning beaches and vibrant cities. It receives many accolades in wealth reports, quality of life indexes, and human development indexes. It is also renowned for offering a very good life-work balance, instilled by its residents whose first love is the outdoors. For many construction workers who are physically skilled, it’s an opportunity for finally getting a workshop, starting a personal project, or just a chance to get outdoors after work and enjoy the world.

 

7.       You have all the support you need to help you on the journey. There’s New Zealand Skills in Demand who are actively looking to place people in roles, Bank of New Zealand who are well-versed in setting up new Migrants in New Zealand, MoneyCorp who help NZ migrants make the most of their money, Migration Cover which specialise in insuring people moving to New Zealand against all those things you might worry about, and of course Migration Associates who have over 99% success rate on New Zealand Visa applications.

 

8.       There are plenty of people who have done it before and are loving their new life – Quantity Surveyors, Carpenters, Electricians, Construction Project Managers, Engineers, Heavy Vehicle Fitters, and loads more. Read what they had to say about the NZ Visa Process, and some of our case studies here to see how they got on.

 

If you work in the Construction Industry, there never has been a better time to live and work in New Zealand. Start your journey today. Fill in our free initial Evaluation Form, and sign up to attend a Seminar/Webinar.

Auckland’s Housing Shortage and Construction Skills Shortage

The number of houses that are being built in Auckland is not keeping up with total population growth and natural population growth, within the Auckland area. Auckland's housing shortage grew by at least another 5000 to over 30,000.

The lack of supply is causing a big social and economic problems in Auckland and it has significantly increased the median prices of houses (NZD$765,000). The government and the Reserve bank have stepped in and made changes impacting rental property investors and non-resident buyers, which have somewhat cooled the Auckland housing market. Houses need to be built in Auckland and fast!

Last year Auckland was ranked as one of the best places in the world to live and it was ranked the ninth most liveable city in the world by the Economist and the ninth friendliest.

It is anticipated that we will see more demand for skilled trades and construction professionals in Auckland in 2016 and beyond. Over all New Zealand lacks the skilled and semi-skilled workers to meet demand nationwide. Shortages can be partly attributed to demand as our infrastructure needs to be repaired, maintained and redeveloped.

Additionally, major infrastructure projects in Auckland, the Waikato, the Bay of Plenty have created more work and compounded with the ongoing demand required for the Christchurch rebuild. Bottom line is we need people with these skills across the whole of the country and in particular Auckland– help!

We have a strategic relationship with New Zealand Skills In Demand, a New Zealand registered company with offices in the United Kingdom and New Zealand (Christchurch) that specialises in matching skilled migrants from the United Kingdom, Ireland and the rest of the world to jobs with New Zealand organisations.

Below is a list of trade and construction occupations New Zealand Skills in Demand can assist with obtaining employment nationwide in New Zealand. Please click on any of the occupations listed below for details of required work experience, qualifications a job roles and responsibilities:

If you are interested in applying for one of the above positions please complete a free initial visa evaluation form, upload your CV and someone from New Zealand Skills in Demand will be in contact with you in 5 working days. 

Christchurch Needs You – New Visa Process for the Canterbury Rebuild

The Christchurch rebuild is only 30% complete and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has forecast that an additional 5,000 construction workers will be needed between December 2014 and the peak of the rebuild in December 2016. This represents a great opportunity for migrants with a construction skills set to obtain a job offer and apply for a visa and contribute to the rebuilding of Christchurch.

To assist with the visa process, Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has announced the introduction of changes to work visa Immigration Instructions to make it easier for employers and labour hire companies in Canterbury to recruit and retain migrant workers for the Canterbury rebuild, finally!

“Supporting the Canterbury rebuild is one of the Government’s four main priorities and we need to remove barriers to employers recruiting migrant workers when New Zealanders are not available to do the work,” Mr Woodhouse says.

Three significant changes have been made to streamline visa processes:

1. The maximum duration of Essential Skills visas for lower-skilled occupations in Canterbury will be extended from one year to three years for applications received between July 2015 and December 2016. The skills set that this change will affect are Level 4 occupations, such as Heavy Plant OperatorsScaffoldersSteel FixersLabourers and Heavy Good Vehicle Drivers, just to name a few.

The change also means that applicants in the above skills set will no longer have the uncertainty of applying annually to renew their visa – this will mean less paper work for these applicants and their employers – good news all around!

2. Holders of Essential Skills work visas granted after 1 July 2015 working in Canterbury will now be allowed to change employers (within the same occupation) without having to go through the process of applying for a Variation of Conditions (VOC) on their visa.

This change will enable migrant workers to move between jobs more easily – a freedom of movement within the Canterbury region. Those who have been granted Essential Skills work visas, before these changes, will be able to apply for a VOC to remove the condition stating the employer on their visa and therefore they will not have to apply for a VOC to change employer in future.

3. The final change in policy is the introduction of an accreditation scheme for labour hire companies that recruit and employ migrant workers on Essential Skills work visas. Labour hire companies that employ workers in the construction sector in Canterbury must obtain accreditation by 1 January 2016.

This change will ensure that there is a commitment to training and employing New Zealanders and good workplace practices of labour hire companies. These companies will be scrutinised and their training and employment practices need to meet a minimum criteria, to be able to employ migrants – this will protect migrants!

The above changes are long overdue and will make it easier for employers and labour hire companies to recruit and retain workers in Canterbury, however there will be an emphasis on employers looking after their work force given the freedom of movement within the Canterbury labour market.

In addition to this overseas migrants will be more likely to consider a move to the Canterbury region as a three work visa is certainly better that a one year work visa, so from an attraction stand point, the changes are very positive.

We will be holding seminars in June in LondonBirminghamManchester and Glasgow to explain the new visa process and how this could affect you and how we can assist you to obtain a job offer in the Canterbury region. Find out more and register here.

Work opportunities in Christchurch

The rebuild of Christchurch is expected to create unprecedented demand for people with a construction skill-set in the Canterbury region.  There is currently demand for skilled workers, particularly Quantity SurveyorsProject ManagersSite Managers; there is also huge demand for tradesmen such as CarpentersJoinersElectricians,  PlasterersScaffoldersCeiling FixersHeavy Plant OperatorsHGV Drivers and many more.

The Canterbury Skill Shortage List highlights occupations that are needed for the Christchurch rebuild and economic recovery.

New Zealand Skills in Demand

We work in partnership with New Zealand Skills in Demand who specialise in matching candidates to job opportunities with New Zealand employers. If you have a skills set listed above or on the Canterbury Skills Shortages List, New Zealand in Skills in Demand can assist with job placement. New Zealand Skills in Demand have helped over 250 individuals gain job offers in the last 18 months and realise their New Zealand dream.

Next Step: Attend ‘This is New Zealand’ Seminars

Very soon we’ll be holding our quarterly “This Is New Zealand” Seminars in June in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow. The events are held to help people get a better insight into living and working in New Zealand. These seminars are sponsored by Bank of New Zealand and co-hosted with well know companies such as New Zealand Skills in Demand,  MoneyCorpPSS removals and Migration Cover, so you get to hear about every step of the journey, from money to jobs to the big move, and the details on working and living in NZ. The Seminars are different from big exhibitions, they offer a more in depth and personal experience to exploring New Zealand Migration. They are extremely popular and have helped many people start their journey towards their NZ dream. To find out more and to register click here.

I look forward to seeing you at a Seminar and telling you more about this new process.

Borey Chum LL.B. B.A.

Licensed IAA Immigration Adviser 201000162
Enrolled barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand

Slate Roof Tiler Jobs in New Zealand

Slate Roof Tilers Required for Christchurch Rebuild – Slate Roof Tiler Jobs In New Zealand

Migration Associates’ strategic partner, New Zealand Skills In Demand is seeking trade qualified Slate Roof Tilers who can install slate tiles to residential houses.

This is an opportunity to take your already proven skills down under to the Land of the Long White Cloud and experience all that Christchurch and the rest of the South Island has to offer. From mountain lakes, rainforest and spectacular beaches; to world class festivals, live music, sports events and the arts.

Turn that balanced lifestyle that you’ve always dreamt about into reality.

New Zealand Skills in Demand and Migration Associates can assist you in all the process that is involved in getting you up and running in New Zealand. From Visa applications to setting up bank accounts and buying a car, we’ve got you covered.

Plus the fact that you’ll be dealing with a bunch of kiwis along the entire process gives you the peace of mind you’re in capable hands! If this sounds like something yo’d love to do, please forward your CV to Joel Gabites from New Zealand Skills in Demand urgently via joel.gabites@nzskillsindemand.co.nz.

Please also register to attend one of our upcoming seminars at www.thisisnewzealandseminar.co.uk

The Migration Associates Team

Central Christchurch Recovery Blueprint – Summary

Central Christchurch Recovery Blueprint – Summary

 

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key recently unveiled the blueprint for the recovery of central Christchurch.

The blueprint identifies 15 anchor projects as part of the recovery of central Christchurch.

The projects include construction of a 2,000 person convention centre in the heart of the city, a covered sports stadium that will hold 35,000 people, a medium density housing development and a cultural precinct, which will be a welcoming point for visitors to the city and built in conjunction with Ngai Tahu.

Generally, the central city will be low-rise and compact. It is proposed that the centre will be bordered by a ‘green frame’ partly comprising the banks of the Avon River. The green frame will be completed by early 2013. Building heights in the city will generally be restricted to a maximum of 28 metres (7 storeys).

The Christchurch Cathedral, which was significantly damaged in the 22 February aftershock, will be retained as the heart of the city, but the square that surrounds the cathedral will change. Christchurch’s iconic theatre, the Court Theatre, will have a new home in the arts precinct.

The Christchurch Rebuild is expected to take 10-20 years. The Canterbury Employment and Skills Board estimates that 26,000 core construction workers will be needed, many of whom will be sourced from overseas. There will also be a need for an additional 10,000 workers in ancillary and support sectors, such as accounting, manufacturing and IT.

Tenders have now opened for the key projects. Once these are secured, it is expected that the major construction companies will dramatically increase their labour force. This is likely to occur in quarter 4 of 2012 and into 2013.

Who are we?

 

 

New Zealand Skills In Demand is a New Zealand-based consultancy with offices in Christchurch, New Zealand and London, United Kingdom providing effective solutions to New Zealand employers for the attraction, recruitment and relocation of skilled migrants to great New Zealand organisations. We have formed a strategic partnership with Migration

Associates, a visa consultancy based in the United Kingdom, which specialises in New Zealand visas.

New Zealand Skills In Demand is working with the key players involved in the Recovery of Canterbury at both a local and national level, in both the private and public sectors.

As a Kiwi company, we are committed to playing our part in realising the New Zealand Government’s vision for Christchurch as “a place to be proud of – an attractive and vibrant place to live, work, visit and invest, mo tatou, a, mo ka uri a muri ake nei – for us and our children after us”.

Current briefs:

  • Structural and geotechnical engineers
  • Construction project managers
  • Roading engineers and designers
  • Diesel mechanics
  • Painters and decorators
  • Carpenters and builders
  • Site managers – groundworks / construction
  • Urban planners
  • Accountants
  • Lawyers
  • Aluminium Fabricators
  • CNC Programmers
  • Maintenance Engineers
  • IT professionals
  • Land and Quantity Surveyors Land and Quantity Surveyors

Christchurch Rebuild – Comments: Maurice Williamson, Minister for Building and Construction

Maurice Williamson, Minister for Building and Construction, New Zealand Government

“We need to keep raising the bar and ensure standards in New Zealand’s building sector are best practice”

New Zealand Government Minister Maurice Williamson recently gave an opening speech at the Certified Builders Association of New Zealand (CBANZ) annual conference, addressing the New Zealand Government’s plans for the long-term recovery of Canterbury following the recent earthquakes.

Williamson highlighted that the Canterbury Rebuild is currently one of the government’s top priorities, being the largest ever building project undertaken in New Zealand which requires sustained effort over a number of years.

Williamson emphasised that the focus must now be on the long-term reconstruction and recovery. This long-term recovery includes new and innovative construction methods ensuring a safer and more efficient reconstruction. To achieve this, the Department of Building and Housing (now part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) is currently reviewing the policy and practice around earthquake-prone buildings.

It is anticipated that the review will recommend policy changes that have two broad aims:

1)    Ensure the policies strike the right balance between life and safety considerations and other factors such as economic impacts and heritage values; and

2)    Ensure effective implementation and administration of new policies.

In addition, the Department of Building and Housing has accepted all the recommendations of the Expert Panel’s Report on the structural performance of Christchurch central business district buildings in the 22 February 2011 aftershock.

Williamson stated that already, it has become apparent from the review that there needs to be a better understanding of life safety and other risks associated with buildings in earthquakes. Full terms of reference and more information about the review being conducted by the Department of Building and Housing are available on the Department’s website: http://www.dbh.govt.nz/.

The following will be elements of the work programme to be implemented:

  • helping practitioners keep up to date with the latest developments and requirements for the seismic design of buildings;
  • reviewing the measures and methodology used for post-earthquake inspection of buildings;
  • working with the Cement and Concrete Association of New Zealand and leading building contractors to review the level of in-situ concrete strength; and
  • working with the engineering profession to develop new guidance and standards for earthquake strengthening and construction, based on the information and learnings from the Christchurch earthquakes. The learnings will be made available to territorial authorities, building owners, engineers, and relevant building professionals.

Finally, Mr Williamson stated that the Royal Commission on the Canterbury earthquakes has highlighted the importance of the skills and accountability of designers, engineers and others involved in building and construction and will reinforce their accountability in the future.

Another planned amendment to existing policy is the introduction of a framework for a risk-based approach to building consent and inspection requirements, so that these are aligned to the risk and consequences of building defects, and the skills and capabilities of those doing the work.

This amendment is expected to provide earlier identification and consideration of project risks, greater accountability by designers, documented means of managing those project risks and transparency on liability.

However, Mr Williamson noted that these announced changes will not be introduced until the sector is considered ready.

Who are we?

New Zealand Skills In Demand is a New Zealand-based consultancy with offices in Christchurch, New Zealand and London, United Kingdom providing effective solutions to New Zealand employers for the attraction, recruitment and relocation of skilled migrants to great New Zealand organisations. We have formed a strategic partnership with Migration Associates, a visa consultancy based in the United Kingdom, which specialises in New Zealand visas.

New Zealand Skills In Demand is working with the key players involved in the Recovery of Canterbury at both a local and national level, in both the private and public sectors.

As a Kiwi company, we are committed to playing our part in realising the New Zealand Government’s vision for Christchurch as “a place to be proud of – an attractive and vibrant place to live, work, visit and invest, mo tatou, a, mo ka uri a muri ake nei – for us and our children after us”.

Current briefs:

  • Land and Quantity Surveyors
  • Structural and geotechnical engineers
  • Construction project managers
  • Roading engineers and designers
  • Mechanics
  • Painters and decorators
  • Carpenters and builders
  • Site managers – groundworks / construction
  • Urban planners

If you wish to be involved in the Recovery of Canterbury, visit www.nzskillsindemand.co.nz for contact details.

Christchurch Rebuild Strategy Update

Christchurch earthquake Recovery Strategy – Summary

In May 2012, The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (“CERA”) released the Canterbury earthquake Recovery Strategy (the “Strategy”).

CERA is responsible for leading and coordinating the Recovery of Canterbury. In the last 21 months, the region has experienced over 10,000 earthquakes.

The Strategy is intended to guide the reconstruction, rebuilding and recovery of greater Christchurch.

The Strategy contains six components of recovery. These are:

  • Leadership and integration – research and information, communication, funding and finance, and the governance, coordination and project management of recovery activities.
  • Economic recovery – investment, businesses, labour and insurance liaison.
  • Social recovery – education, health and community support services.
  • Cultural recovery – the arts, culture, heritage buildings and places, and sports and recreation.
  • Built environment – land use, housing, buildings, transport, and infrastructure.
  • Natural environment – air quality, bio-diversity, the coast, land, groundwater and surface water quality, and natural hazards.

Recovery milestones for greater Christchurch are:

  • September 2010 – December 2011 – repair, patch and plan.
  • 2012-2014 – begin to rebuild, replace and reconstruct. Rebuilding of central business district starts. Decisions on land zones and technical issues are completed. Continue repair of infrastructure. Establish residential subdivisions. The Earthquake Commission (EQC) and insurers undertake residential repairs and rebuilds.
  • 2015-2020 and beyond – construct, restore and improveContinue rebuilding and construction. EQC and insurers complete residential repairs and rebuilds. Major sporting and cultural facilities are under construction.

 

The pace of the recovery will be influenced by a number of factors, including:

  • On-going seismic activity;
  • The availability of sufficient land for rebuilding and infrastructure services provided to this land (e.g. for greenfields developments);
  • Whether skilled workers and machinery are available;
  • The timing and nature of insurance settlements;
  • The capacity of building industry professionals to design, build and inspect developments;
  • The preparation of quality consent applications and council processing of resource and building consents; and
  • Whether there is sufficient funding and insurance cover for recovery activities.

A full copy of the Strategy can be found at www.cera.govt.nz.

Who are we?

New Zealand Skills In Demand is a New Zealand-based consultancy with offices in Christchurch, New Zealand and London, United Kingdom providing effective solutions to New Zealand employers for the attraction, recruitment and relocation of skilled migrants to great New Zealand organisations. We have formed a strategic partnership with Migration Associates, a visa consultancy based in the United Kingdom, which specialises in New Zealand visas.

New Zealand Skills In Demand is working with the key players involved in the Recovery of Canterbury at both a local and national level, in both the private and public sectors.

As a Kiwi company, we are committed to playing our part in realising the New Zealand Government’s vision for Christchurch as “a place to be proud of – an attractive and vibrant place to live, work, visit and invest, mo tatou, a, mo ka uri a muri ake nei – for us and our children after us”.

Current briefs:

  • Land and Quantity Surveyors
  • Structural and geotechnical engineers
  • Construction project managers
  • Roading engineers and designers
  • Mechanics
  • Painters and decorators
  • Carpenters and builders
  • Site managers – groundworks / construction
  • Urban planners

If you wish to be involved in the Recovery of Canterbury, visit www.nzskillsindemand.co.nz for contact details.

Acknowledgement: this work is an adaption of the Recovery Strategy for Greater Christchurch Mahere Haumanutanga O Waitaha. Christchurch: Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority 2012.

Christchurch Rebuild Update – New Zealand Skills in Demand

Christchurch Rebuild Update

April 2012

Welcome to the April 2012 addition of the New Zealand Skills In Demand Christchurch Rebuild update.

Key Points:

  • Infrastructure repairs have begun on arterial roads – this will cause major traffic delays in some areas.
  • White Zone announcements are still pending – possibility for additional flight and push back once decisions are made, especially from those who are Red Zoned due to rock fall risk.
  • Short-term accommodation remains a real issue. Generally, rental costs are escalating.
  • Demolition has begun in White Zone areas. Some areas worse than others – 1/3 of houses in Mt Pleasant are set for demolition.
  • A geographical split between West Christchurch and East Christchurch is also causing a perceived social split because those in the West have little understanding of the day-to-day frustrations facing those in the East.
  • The New Zealand Government has set up the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) to create a blueprint for the rebuild of the central city. The CCDU has 100 days to deliver the blueprint.
  • Owners of property in the Residential Red Zone have been given a three month extension in time for accepting the Government’s offer in respect of damaged homes.

Case Study:

Skills In Demand has recently placed a senior project manager with Christchurch’s leading infrastructure organisation. His role will be assisting in the construction of new pumping stations as part of the Rebuild effort.

Earthquake Counter

  • Since 4 September 2010, the total number of earthquakes detected in the region is 10,234 (as at 30 April 2012).
  • Canterbury residents have likely felt 3,095 earthquakes since 4 September 2010.
Mag 3-4 4-5 5-6 6-7 7+
Num 2,701 353 36 3 1

Current briefs:

  • Land surveyors
  • Structural and geotechnical engineers
  • Construction project managers
  • Roading engineers
  • Diesel mechanics
  • Site managers – groundworks / construction

News:

  • New Zealand Skills In Demand has formed a strategic partnership with Migration Associates, a visa consultancy specialising in New Zealand visas (www.migrationassociates.com).

Events:

  • Attended Skilled Migrant Jobs expos in Twickenham and Birmingham in April (www.skilledmigrantjobs.com).
  • Will be attending Down Under Live expo in Birmingham on 26 – 27 May 2012 (www.downunderlive.co.uk).

Contact us: