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Infrastructure investment is on the rise in New Zealand

Welcome to the October 2018 edition of ConsultANZ’s monthly newsletter.

End of October already? Where have the last ten months of the year gone? It won’t be long until we officially hit what we term the “Silly Season,” that is December and Christmas.

From a business perspective, I always forecast for a quieter December and January, due to the festive season two-week shutdown period and the extended holidays that generally happen around this time of year.

In a sign of a buoyant market, this time last year bucked normal trend where we sustained usual business activity into December, and January was three times the monthly average! So, here’s to repeating that trend.

After six-nine months of a sideways market in New Zealand due to the Government change, it’s nice to see the market has bounced back over the last month, with plenty of recent enquiries from existing clients for multiple new staff needed.

It’s unique that both the Australian and New Zealand Civil Engineering Markets are incredibly busy at the same time and will remain so for the medium to long-term. This situation presents challenges around staffing with regards to numbers and quality, though we must admit – it’s a nice problem for us all to have!

So, if you’re contemplating a move before the end of the year, now’s the time to do it with a typical recruitment process taking six to seven weeks. And please check out the new ConsultANZ website for all roles we are currently working.

Peter Laver, Director

NEW ZEALAND INDUSTRY NEWS

It has been announced that a new independent entity will be established in New Zealand so that the country gets quality infrastructure investment it needs.

The entity will provide expert advice, planning and strategy to support the delivery of major infrastructure projects. At the same time, the Government is proposing to block the sale of big infrastructure assets to foreigners, following the house sale ban which takes effect from this week.

Infrastructure investment is on the rise, with just over half allocated to roading and over three quarters in the North Island. The North Island is set to receive 77% of the national infrastructure spend over the next ten years, with around $100b in funding expected. The South Island gets a balance of $29b over the period.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING WORKING IN NEW ZEALAND?

According to Engineering NZ, a crisis is looming if New Zealand doesn’t increase the number of engineers.

While billions of dollars are being poured into various projects around the country (roads, bridges, hospitals, and railway lines), with only 7% of Kiwis graduating in engineering in 2017, there are not enough of them.

If you are thinking about emigrating to New Zealand, now is the time.

There are some visas you may be eligible for depending on your country of origin and your skills.

Temporary visas allow you to live and work in NZ for a limited period. Most of them do not have an age limit. Essential Skills Work Visa is for people who have skills which are in demand. Although this visa does not lead directly to a residence application, you may gain enough points to qualify for residence visa under the Skilled Migrant Category.

The Working Holiday visa is for young people, aged 18-30 or 35, depending on Citizenship. This option lets you travel and work in New Zealand for up to 12 months, or 23 months if you’re from the UK or Canada.

You can check your visa options here:
http://skillshortages.immigration.govt.nz/civil-engineer/

To discuss employment opportunities, please get in touch with us on +61(0) 730639581 or email info@consultanz.com.au with the headline WORK IN NEW ZEALAND.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING WORKING IN AUSTRALIA?

With the Brexit looming and continuous delays in the delivery of major infrastructure projects in the UK, forecasters have abandoned hopes of a 2.3% rebound in construction growth in 2019. Growth for next year has been downgraded to rise by only 0.6%.

If you are worried about how Brexit will affect the construction market in the UK, while not head Down Under for a working holiday break? You can take advantage of the booming construction market and earn some decent money while experiencing the Australian lifestyle: best beaches, camping, fantastic weather and friendly people.

All you need to do is apply for a Working Holiday Visa (417) and get in touch with us to have a chat about how we can help you find work.

Whether you are considering heading Down Under on a Working Holiday Visa (417), Work and Holiday Visa (462), Recognized Graduate Visa (476) or Skilled Independent Visa (189), we would like to talk to you!

Get in touch with us today. Call T: +61 (0) 7 3063 9581 or email your CV to info@consultanz.com.au with the headline WORK IN AUSTRALIA.

COMPANY NEWS

Congratulations to Umar Farooq, one of our Contract Employees working on the VBA contract in Sydney, for becoming the Values Champion and receiving a prize from the Program Director James Bennett.

Umar has been chosen as someone who has epitomised the values of the contract. We are so fortunate to have people like Umar representing the ConsultANZ Recruitment brand.

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