What Jobs Are In Demand


Auckland’s labour market has picked up but there are a growing list of skills in short supply across New Zealand, according to Hays Quarterly Report.

It says companies that reduced headcount during the recession are now growing their teams to take advantage of business conditions. Even at the support level employers are recruiting to fill skills gaps.

These are the skills in short supply and high demand right now:

Accountancy & Finance - commerce & industry: Newly qualified Financial Accountants with commercial experience are in demand, as are experienced Company Accountants with specific industry backgrounds. Those with manufacturing or service industry experience are the most highly sought after. Management Accountants and Business/Financial Analysts with NZCA qualification, newly qualified Accountants, Credit Controllers, Payroll Clerks with two or more years New Zealand experience and Accounts Payable candidates are also sought.

Accountancy & Finance - professional practice: CA Qualified candidates are in increasing demand since a growing number are moving out of professional practice into corporate. Also sought are experienced intermediate to senior Business Advisory Services candidates, Accountants from any discipline with strong business development skills and Xero certified candidates.

Construction: Quantity Surveyors with experience in full pre- and post-contract administration are in demand for projects working to tight deadlines and with low margins. Site and Project Managers with experience managing interiors projects, Civil Project Managers, Civil Contracts Managers and Commercial Estimators with experience pricing and tendering projects above $5 million are also sought.

Contact Centres: Senior Customer Service candidates who can hit the ground running are sought. Also in demand are Specialist Customer Service candidates with industry experience, for example utilities or FMCG. Solid Telesales/Account Managers are in demand as businesses try to generate more revenue.

Energy: Design consultancies are looking for Protection Engineers, Transmission Engineers and Process and Mechanical Engineers with a Hydro or Geothermal background. Meanwhile power generation companies are seeking experienced Planners, Project Managers, Estimators, Transmission and Distribution Line Mechanics, Cable Jointers and Protection Technicians.

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Engineering: Civil & Structural Engineers continue to be key areas of demand. Employers are recruiting at the intermediate to senior level and want candidates with strong client-facing skills and local New Zealand experience. Also in demand are Structural Engineers and Transportation and Water Engineers.

Information Technology: Demand has increased for Business Analysts, Technical Solutions and Applications Development candidates as general market confidence returns.

Legal: Banking and Finance Lawyers, especially those focused on debt recovery and insolvency, insurance and litigation, are sought as the economy improves, while a number of companies are becoming insolvent. Experienced Litigators continue to be in demand while firms are beginning to recruit Corporate and Commercial Lawyers again. The Christchurch earthquake will see demand rise for Solicitors to engage in insurance claims and ongoing issues of future construction and planning.

Office Support: Across New Zealand’s construction industry, the number of projects is increasing, which is creating a need for Site Administrators and Document Controllers. Policy & Strategy: Experienced Analysts with either RMA or environmental, monitoring or compliance exposure are in demand. Government funding to tackle waste minimisation and sustainable development issues means that Analysts with experience in applying environmental concerns to wider policy problems are in demand for a number of ministries. Those Analysts with skills in monitoring funds and analysing data sets will be of value to a number of departments that are undertaking research projects across sectors.

Property: We have seen an increase in candidate movement at the entry level as people look for a new role. The continual shortage of skills has created demand for Property Managers and Project Quantity Surveyors. There is also a shortage of locally experienced Building Surveyors.

Resources & Mining: Candidates with general underground mining experience, from the operational to senior level, are sought. Also in demand are Heavy Diesel Mechanics given national major contract wins, while Exploration Drillers are needed for two new major mine companies which are exploring possibilities.




  1. Paul from Sydney says:

    That rules me out

  2. antz says:

    what about tourism?


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