Working Holiday Visas

Don't let Brexit delay your backpacking plans - A NZ adventure awaits!

The “Brexit blues” is being blamed for a disastrous fall in spending by British tourists in New Zealand.

Recent statistics showing a 23% drop in the number of British backpackers arriving in New Zealand has worried tourist operators and accommodation providers. The fall in the number of young European backpackers will have a particularly detrimental effect on regional employers, who depend on hard-working and enthusiastic young people to work in seasonal industries. Employers in a variety of local sectors, including hospitality, tourism, farming and construction, say that young travellers are essential to cover labour shortages, particularly during the peak of seasonal industries.

Borey Chum, Managing Director of Migration Associates, says that “young Britons should not be deterred from embarking on a New Zealand adventure. With the numerous beaches, scenic vistas, adrenaline-fuelled activities and great weather for most of the year, New Zealand has a huge amount to offer working holiday applicants.”

New Zealand represents a particularly great opportunity for young people with qualifications and experience in a variety of occupations, including trades and construction workers. Demand for skilled workers is high, with plenty of employment opportunities available for people with the right attitude and skill-set. Migration Associates works closely with NZ Skills In Demand, who may be able to assist with arranging a job offer before working holiday applicants even arrive here. “We’ve been able to assist hundreds of clients based in the United Kingdom to apply for and obtain their work visas while they are still in the UK,” says Mr Chum. “They arrive in New Zealand to a great lifestyle, and earning money from day one. We are particularly in need of construction workers”.

British citizens also have the advantage of being able to apply for a generous Working Holiday Visa (WHV), which enables them to travel around New Zealand, seeing the sights and earning money while they’re here. There is no limit to the number of UK citizens who can be granted the WHVs, which allow a stay in New Zealand for up to 23 months including 12 months of work rights. The WHV is a hugely popular way for young people to experience some of what New Zealand has to offer, with thousands of young people from all over the world arriving every year for their New Zealand adventure and some end up making New Zealand their home.

People interested in travelling to New Zealand to pursue new employment opportunities or enjoy a holiday adventure can complete a free online NZ visa evaluation. to enable Migration Associates to advise on WHV eligibility and to connect you with New Zealand Skills in Demand, who works with many New Zealand employers, including one of New Zealand’s largest trade recruiter. Migration Associates and New Zealand Skills in Demand have a proven track-record, assisting hundreds of clients embark on their New Zealand adventure and ensuring that their visa applications go smoothly and assist working holiday applicants to obtain employment before arriving in New Zealand.

“Don’t let the Brexit blues get you down,” urges Mr Chum. “New Zealand represents a fantastic opportunity for travellers to experience a great lifestyle while earning an income. Don’t hold off, life is short and therefore make the move to New Zealand and have no regrets – the lifestyle in New Zealand is amazing and there are a lot of employment opportunities for working holiday applicants so come out and have some fun”.

For more information on the Working Holiday Visa, and the jobs that NZ Skills In Demand may be able to help you with, click here.

Cabinet Maker positions New Zealand

Our partners New Zealand Skills in Demand have a client who require Cabinet Makers in various locations around New Zealand. They offer a free service to place candidates in NZ roles. 

Role requirements:

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience

  • Trade qualified desirable

  • Needs own tools

  • Must be able to read/interpret drawings and have kitchen installation experience

Opportunities are on-going and start dates are flexible – New Zealand Skills In Demand will provide you with relocation advice including visas, shipping, banking, money transfer and support once you arrive in New Zealand.

Start the process now: 

1. Email with your CV

2. Fill out our free initial evaluation form for us to assess you eligibility for a NZ Visa.

3. Attend a Seminar or Webinar with This is New Zealand

Working Holiday Visa Hammerhand Positions - New Zealand

Our partners New Zealand Skills in Demand are seeking Hammerhands for full-time permanent roles in NZ. 


  • Need to be prepared and able to mix concrete, plaster and mortar and be willing to do heavy labouring

  • Require experience operating power tools

  • Minimum 2 years residential and/or commercial experience

  • Need own tools

You will be involved in residential, commercial and infrastructure projects (depending on experience). 

A CV is a must. You must also be able to provide written references and an oral reference will be taken as part of the process. 

Opportunities are on-going and start dates are flexible – New Zealand Skills In Demand will provide you with relocation advice including visas, shipping, insurance, banking, money transfer and support before you arrive in New Zealand. 

Start the process now: 

1. Email with your CV

2. Fill out our free initial evaluation form for us to assess you eligibility for a NZ Visa.

3. Attend a Seminar or Webinar with This is New Zealand

Trade Assistant Plumber positions - for Working Holiday Visas

Are you interested in a move to New Zealand under a Working Holiday Visa (WHV), which will allow you to work for 12 months?

New Zealand needs Trade Assistant Plumbers who qualify for Working Holiday Visas.


  • Minimum UK NVQ Level 2 Plumbing qualification required and have at least 2 years industrial/commercial experience

  • Any gas fitting experience would be an advantage

  • Residential only experience will be considered

  • Need own tools

For more information on the New Zealand Working Holiday Visa – please Click Here

NZ Skills in Demand is a NZ and UK based company. They help set up job interviews for people like you and help you through the process of getting out to New Zealand.  

They work with all trades but they are finding that there is huge demand for TA Plumbers.

If you have experience in the Commercial and Domestic Plumbing industry then they we want to speak to you.

The process to work as a Plumbers TA is quite straight forward. You do not need to become NZ registered to be able to work in New Zealand.

Please get in touch with Ammar Yousef if you are keen to make the move to New Zealand in 2018.

1. Email with your CV

2. Fill out our free initial evaluation form for us to assess you eligibility for a NZ Visa.

3. Attend a Seminar or Webinar with This is New Zealand




Sheet Metal Workers - New Zealand

Sheetmetal Workers: Has New Zealand been on your radar for a while?

New Zealand Skills in Demand have a fantastic opportunity for qualified Sheetmetal workers for roles in cities around New Zealand, both permanent and working holiday visa.  

Ideal applicants will have a minimum 3 years’ experience and also hold a relevant qualification, although this is not essential.

You will need a current CV and be able to provide written and verbal references.

You will also need your own tools.

Ideal candidates will have welding experience and have ducting experience.

Experience with cladding, lagging and ducting along with good fabrication skills are a must. 

NZ Skills in Demand help you by preparing you and your documentation for the NZ marketplace, before putting you forward to willing and able employers at the RIGHT time.

This negates the need for you to take a scatter-gun approach with your CV, or (in most cases) having to worry about flying to NZ for interviews.

Best of all, they are a free service!

New Zealand is currently experiencing huge growth in our Trades sector so don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to live the "kiwi" lifestyle, get in touch with NZ Skills in Demand today and get started on your journey!

Start the process now: 

1. Email with your CV

2. Fill out our free initial evaluation form for us to assess you eligibility for a NZ Visa.

3. Attend a Seminar or Webinar with This is New Zealand

Electrical Trade Assistants in New Zealand Urgently Required - Working Holiday Visa

It's no secret - New Zealand is a beautiful place. As well as breath-taking scenery, we have great people and a great culture, so it's no wonder that it's consistently ranked as one of the best places to live and work in the world.

New Zealand is in the middle of a construction boom, and we find ourselves struggling to find workers across all trades to meet the demand. With an ambitious large-scale 10-year residential building programme now underway, New Zealand needs skilled workers across a number of sectors, so even if you are not an Electrical TA, don’t hesitate to visit online at and see if you have skills to offer.

It can be a daunting task to start life in a new country, but we have been bringing people into NZ for the last 7 years, and we can help in every aspect of relocating. New Zealand Skills In Demand clients also have consultants who have also made the move to NZ from overseas, and we have an excellent support network to help make the process as seamless as possible.

We need Electrical TA’s who are eligible for Working Holiday Visas. For more information on whether you’ll qualify for a Working Holiday Visa, please click here.

General experience in the Commercial, Industrial and Domestic industry is a must.  

Experience with cable pulling, installing cable, trucking and conduits is essential. 

Unfortunately we can’t help if you only have experience in a mining background.  

Ideally, you will be or have:-

  • 1+ years’ experience & trade qualification

  • Your own tools

  • 2 work references

  • 100% commitment to Health & Safety

  • Able to pass a pre-employment drug test

In return NZ Skills In Demand’s clients offer competitive rates of pay, varied and challenging work, regular hours, as well as long-term opportunities. If this sounds like what you are looking for, please apply today.

1. Email with your CV

2. Fill out our free initial evaluation form for us to assess you eligibility for a NZ Visa.

3. Attend a Seminar or Webinar with This is New Zealand

TA/Electricians needed in New Zealand - working holiday visa position

Are you interested in a working and travelling in New Zealand? Are you a qualified electrician or assistant electrician? Then NZ Skills in Demand want to speak to you.

NZ Skills in Demand is a NZ and UK based company. They help set up job interviews for people like you and help you through the process of getting out to New Zealand.  

They work with all trades but are finding that there is huge demand for Trade Assistant Electricians who are able to work on a Working Holiday Visa.

You will be involved in residential, commercial and infrastructure projects (depending on experience).

Other tasks will include maintaining, installing, and repairing electrical systems and equipment.

You must have an up to date CV and written references.

Please get in touch with Ammar Yousef if you are keen to make the move to New Zealand. 

1. Email with your CV

2. Fill out our free initial evaluation form for us to assess you eligibility for a NZ Visa.

3. Attend a Seminar or Webinar with This is New Zealand

Preparing for the South - Socks, Tim Tams and an up-to-date CV!

When visiting New Zealand, it’s essential that you make time to visit the South Island. The North Island will give you Hobbiton-like scenery, beautiful beaches and great cityscapes, but for breath-taking, awe inspiring mountainous scenery, scenic hiking and iconic buildings, the South Island will deliver. Some of my best adventures were had on the South Island, and here I’ll tell you a bit more about four of those experiences.

1. Kayaking in the Abel Tasman

A friendly seal swimming by our Kayak

A friendly seal swimming by our Kayak

The north-western point of the South Island is where Abel Tasman stumbled upon New Zealand on his way back from Australia in the 1600s. The national park juts out just below Golden Bay and showcases some of the best scenery that New Zealand has to offer. We decided to travel the area by kayak. Along with a guide, and a few seals that occasionally joined us, we explored inlets of beach only accessible by the sea, and only available during low tide. This allowed us to regularly moor up and access completely isolated areas of the forest. I ventured just a little further into one section of trees and marvelled at the untouched forest before me. A glistening pool, a fallen tree, and an incredible large dewy spiders’ web hanging between the wood. I remember thinking that this spider had probably never encountered a human pulling his creation down in a single step before, and he wouldn’t on that day either. I often felt inspired when I travelled in New Zealand, this was one of those inspirational moments. I left the spider to his lunch and paddled off to another secluded beach, for a lovely hot cup of ‘Milo’ and a Tim Tam– the kiwi’s favourite!

2, Milford Sounds

If you’re considering visiting New Zealand, people will undoubtedly say that a visit Milford Sounds is not to be missed, but because of its remote location, many do. Found at the south-west point of the island, it can be difficult to access through the mountainous pass. When I visited, there was only one route to Milford Sounds through a tunnel under the mountain, or of course you could hike over (wow, this really is Lord of The Rings land!). I travelled with a group by this point, and many decided not to visit at all as it was just too far. Those that did, booked themselves onto a bus and ferry tour. But a few friends and I decided to hire a car, and take a more leisurely pace in our trip, and I am so glad that we did. It meant that instead of being carted from bus to boat to bus, we were able to take in the place at our own leisure. The memory of standing in awe, looking toward the sounds with peaking purple mountains either side, is a memory I can still recall at any moment. My eyes could hardly take it in, it was epic. The mountains so huge, the water so calm, the colours, the smell, the air. Of course, there was only one way to really experience this place – by kayak. We didn’t want to leave but our funds were low, so we made a deal with a nearby hostel that we would help build and clean new dorms in our evenings, in exchange for food and keep, allowing us to take our time kayaking the crystal clear waters by day. Truly one of the best experiences I’ve had on my travels.

3. Franz Josef Glacier walking

Walking the Franz Josef glacier is a popular tourist attraction for New Zealand visitors. Many tour companies take groups out to explore the cravases and peaks, using ice-picks and crampons. The views are spectacular, many people choose to fly in a helicopter over the glacier because it is so special. The reason this particular activity has made the list is because I unwittingly ended up joining a ‘hard-core’ group, they had to make up the numbers in the groups and I was picked to switch. My group hiked up, over, around and through ice shelves and cravases, until we reached a particular ravine that the instructor was gunning for. Stood in ice-cold water up to our waists (for me, up to my shoulders), we waited as each of us had to apply technique to the crampons and ice-picks to hoist yourself three metres vertically, through a hole at the top of the watery canyon. People got very scared, myself included, as the ice continued to melt around us and the footing turned into slush. It was eventually my turn and I found that the previous persons footing had almost totally crumbled any steps in the ice, so I had to use my legs and shoulders to shimmy my way up, up and through the hole at the top to daylight. It felt incredible to pop out the top! I must have had a premonition the night before, as unlike everyone else I had packed an extra pair of woolly socks, giving me a very pleasant journey home!

4.  Christchurch

I visited Christchurch before the earthquake of 2010. The city has changed significantly since I visited, and from all accounts it is being rebuilt stronger, more vibrant, and just as beautiful as before. In my travels I had only up to that point encountered one other city I felt I could live in (San Francisco), but Christchurch did indeed feel like a home away from home. No two cities are the same, and Christchurch is as different to Wellington as it is to Auckland. The medieval style churches were a notable feature, really quite breath-taking and actually inspired me to buy some watercolours and attempt to paint one! The type of adventure I had in Christchurch was not about scenery and hiking and hidden caves, although if you venture only a few miles out to the Canterbury region all this is possible. The time I spent in Christchurch was more notable for the way I lived and adapted to the city. There was so much to do, I went to free galleries, I went to craft courses, I hung out in the city and went to the cinema in the evening. We found an arcade – not a seedy, smelly arcade but a friendly, fun-filled arcade where we got slightly addicted to the basketball machines and a coin tipping machine called El Dorado… in the evenings we found European style bars where we could sit outside with a beer and watch the world go by. We made friends very easily, and twice(!) we bumped into people we knew from around the world. My only regret in Christchurch is that I hadn’t pre-prepared to get a job once there. I didn’t have any sensible clothes, and my CV was not up together. Had I have considered a slightly longer term plan before I left, I would have worked in the city, and who knows what further adventures I could have had!

When I finally came back from travelling people asked me my favourite country, my favourite experience and my favourite day. All of the answers were New Zealand. I remember feeling that it was a place of growth, that things flourish there and that the country was full of opportunity. It certainly is a place where you could find an easy balance of work and travel. My advice to those thinking about travelling to New Zealand is to consider which visa you want to travel on, and definitely to think about working there. Talking to Migration Associates before you go will allow you to be flexible in your choices for the future – they will help get you a Working Holiday Visa and give you advise on how to improve your chances of residency, should you wish to stay a little longer.

Work and Travel in New Zealand and escape the UK winter!

With the New Zealand summer just around the corner, there has never been a better time than now to experience life in the Land of the Long White Cloud and gain some related work experience for your CV! It’s time to get out of your repetitive life in the UK and make a change for the positive…

For those who are a British nationals, and are under the age of 31 with no dependants, the Working Holiday Scheme (WHS) is a fantastic way to get out to New Zealand to travel the country for 12 to 23 months, and at the same time undertake work in order to ensure you have enough money to experience New Zealand.

Anyone with a trades and construction skills set will be happy to know there is currently a high levels of work in many different locations right around the country, from Auckland to the work rebuilding Christchurch or living and working in the NZ adventure capital, Queenstown – sounds fun right?

If this sounds of interest, please contact the team at NZ Skills In Demand on 07447631518 or to discuss the next steps of realising your dream of travelling to a different country to experience a new culture; while at the same time gaining some valuable work experience, which will help you obtain employment when you are back in the UK or help you advance into a permanent role in New Zealand.

In most cases job interviews are completed in the UK prior to you leaving for New Zealand, so you know you have some work already lined up. So much to gain, nothing to lose and get some much needed work experience whilst having the time of your life.

The following list of occupations are in demand NOW, so if your occupation is below we would love to hear from you.

Alternatively you can register for one of our upcoming “This is New Zealand” seminar in order to find out more about life and work in New Zealand. Seminars are held in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow. Click here for more info and to register.

New Zealand Working Holiday Visa

New Zealand Working Holiday Visa

For anyone ever considering a change in scenery, lifestyle, work opportunities and culture, you’d be selling yourself short to look past the opportunities that exist down under in New Zealand, and especially in Christchurch on the South Island’s east coast. After the earthquakes that hit the Christchurch region in late 2010 and early 2011, a massive redesign and rebuild of the city has begun and the wheels are now in motion. There is development to both horizontal and vertical infrastructure. Work is being undertaken in the residential, commercial and civil sectors.

In broad terms, the New Zealand building and construction industry is on the cusp of a boom. In the next five years the industry will spark somewhere in the vicinity of $46 billion worth of activity. With a number of plans being officially uncovered and actioned by a number of different local and national Government initiatives, there is much to be encouraged by in the rebuild of Christchurch.

The only thing lacking is skilled labour. New Zealand is a small country, with about 4 million total people in a country which is geographically only slightly bigger than the UK. It is estimated that 17,000 extra workers will be required to facilitate this rebuild process. The fact is most of these workers will come from off-shore and especially from places like the UK and Ireland.

The move is made all the easier by the opportunity to head to New Zealand on a Working Holiday Visa.

What is a Working Holiday Visa

A Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand allows you to live and work anywhere in New Zealand for up to 12 months and you can apply for a visa for up to 23 months.

How do I get a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa?

You can obtain a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa quickly and easily online as long as you:

  • Are aged between 18 and 30
  • Have no dependent children
  • Have sufficient funds to support yourself on arrival
  • Meet health and character requirements
  • Have never had a working holiday visa before

To obtain further information about a Working Holiday Visa and the job opportunities in New Zealand, please complete our online visa evaluation form and upload your CV.

Alternatively you can register for one of our free seminars