All roads lead to NZ, or so it seems.
Update from our Director Peter Laver – February 2019
In January 2019 I spent a week in New Zealand, part pleasure (a friend’s wedding at Karaka), part business.
While over there it was good to catch up with recently placed candidates and valued clients alike, and I even managed some project tours with the NCI project being a highlight, due to its size, complexity and variety of scope.
My wife commented on our travels over there that “the whole of NZ feels like it’s under construction!” and certainly around Auckland and to the south to the Waikato, she was right.
As I say to candidates, New Zealand is as busy as Australia just on a slightly different scale. The country will be embarking on some NZ Firsts with the letting and commencement off the large CRL Package, the Central Interceptor which has already gone to a preferred tenderer and working to financial close, and also don’t forget some very large roading projects which are already happening or about to take off around New Zealand.
You could be forgiven for thinking that the workload seems to be Auckland-centric. Auckland’s population is booming, and like anywhere in the world money is typically spent where the greatest populace lives – as it happens in the current political cycle.
So, if you have ever thought of living and working in New Zealand, or if you are already based there and looking for a change in career, get in touch with the team.
I’m going to finish with a joke I heard while over there:
A guy walks into a Project Office in Auckland where he meets: a South African Project Manager, an English Project Engineer, an Irish Project Engineer, a South African Site Engineer, a Kiwi Undergraduate Engineer, an Irish Supervisor and a Zimbabwean Supervisor. The punch line…..that this is NOT a joke.
That’s who I met during one of the project visits. It appears that the NZ Civil Engineering Industry is embracing diversity. It might be enforced somewhat with a lack of local resource to match the amount of work going on, but none the less it’s great to see.
I genuinely hope my children have the chance to work in such a diverse team of nationalities, cultures and backgrounds when they finally join the workforce.
I hope the start to the year has been a good one and you are well and truly back into work mode now.
Peter Laver, Director
Work in New Zealand
New Zealand is experiencing a very strong population growth with Auckland’s population increasing by 3% every year and predicted to reach 2 million people by 2028. It is not surprising then, that the New Zealand government is allocating a substantial amount of its budget to improve its economic and social infrastructure over the coming years.
According to the National Construction Pipeline report 2018 compiled by the Building Research Association (BRANZ) and Pacifecon (NZ) Ltd. New Zealand’s total construction value has been around $37 billion for each of the last two years.
This figure will likely increase from 2021 to over $41 billion in 2023. Infrastructure spend which constitutes 19% of the total current value, is forecast to reach 7.3 billion in 2023. Transport, water and subdivision projects have dominated the infrastructure activity in 2018 with local governments being the main initiator of these projects.
The Wellington region saw the strongest growth in total construction value in 2017 and is expected to grow further together with Auckland and Waikato/Bay of Plenty.
Infrastructure activity is predicted to grow 10% in Auckland (to over $3b), 9% in Waikato/Bay of Plenty ($1.4b), 4% in Wellington ($0.5b) and 3% (to $1.4b) in other regions between 2017 and 2023.
We have a variety of roles in New Zealand and work with top tier and mid tier contractors. If you are considering relocating, our Consultants are dedicated to making your career transition as smooth as possible.
To discuss employment opportunities, please get in touch with us on +61(0) 730639581 or email [email protected] with the headline WORK IN NEW ZEALAND.
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