Currently there are a lot of job opportunities in New Zealand, particularly for intrepid workers in the construction industry. In addition to that some opportunities exist for other trades and professionals in the rebuilding of the Christchurch city hit by devastating earthquakes during 2011. On 4th September 2010, the Canterbury region was hit by a powerful earthquake which measured 7.1 on the Richter scale. There followed a series of aftershocks which ran into 2012. The most powerful and devastating of these occurred close to the city of Christchurch on 22 February 2011. The damage that was caused as a result of the earthquake was extensive and in addition to that more than 80 people were killed. Nevertheless the causalities were minimal for such type of earthquake mainly because most of the buildings were quake-resistant. Many of these building must however be demolished and build again. The total cost of rebuilding the city is estimated at more than 5 billion US dollars.
Up to this moment there was not a lot of construction work done in Christchurch because the aftershocks continued throughout 2012, but the rebuild is now getting seriously under way. Most of the jobs available are in construction but at the same time there are a lot of opportunities available in support services as well.
Jason Walker of Hays New Zealand told the New Zealand Herald that Christchurch needs construction workers, accountants, office support and IT professionals, legal secretaries and many others. ‘The colossal staffing needs of organisations involved in Christchurch’s rebuild are here to stay for some time’ he said.
Despite the fact that the local job market is booming many New Zealanders are reluctant to move to Christchurch. Some of the most common reasons include lack of property and services and fear of future earthquakes. This means that there will be even more opportunities for foreign workers in the near future. Only during the last year the number of immigrants who were working there increased with 1600. Most of them are form the Philippines, UK and Ireland.
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