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Career opportunities in Wellington

Wellington has many high performing sectors including creative and digital, information and communications technology, financial services, health, professional services, scientific and research, and government.

Creative & digital

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In Wellington, we have companies creating world-leading content and technologies. Weta Digital is one of the world's leading digital FX companies creating content for some of the world's big-budget films; Pukeko Pictures produces internationally successful television programmes such as The WotWots and Thunderbirds Are Go; and Magic Leap have opened an office in Wellington in association with Weta Workshop.

Screen

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From epic blockbusters trilogies to independent short films (and everything in between); Wellington has it covered.

A strong screen sector (more than 80% of all film revenue in New Zealand) means opportunities for creative and pioneering minds to shine on the world stage. We have Academy-Award-winning specialists in principal photography, VFX, miniatures, model making and countless other specialty areas.

Learn more about Wellington's screen sector.

Gaming

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The global marketplace for frictionless digital exports means Wellington's gaming sector gaming and app developers can go head-to-head with the rest of the world. Their imagination and expertise have seen the likes of Pik Pok and Carnival Mobile deliver innovative products for multinational clients and have reached diverse international audiences.

Search for gaming jobs in Wellington.

Information and communications technology (ICT)

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The ICT sector is the largest contributor to GDP in Wellington and a significant employer of talent in the region.

You may have heard about companies such as IntergenXero and Fronde. Look a little deeper and you’ll also find smaller companies with specialised technologies serving lucrative niche markets around the world – companies such as Mindscape and Silverstripe

Search for ICT jobs available in Wellington.

Financial services

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The financial services sector is a key knowledge-based industry in Wellington, and a major contributor to GDP.

The New Zealand stock exchange, the NZX, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and many global players in the finance industry have offices in Wellington.

Search for finance services jobs in Wellington.

Professional services

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The combination of knowledge and science-focused industries, central government and outstanding educational institutions consistently attract high-calibre workers to Wellington.

Professional services such as lawaccountingmarketing and management consultancy are well-represented by global companies and locally-owned service providers. 

Search for professional services jobs in Wellington

Health

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The health sector is the third largest employer and the sixth largest contributor to GDP in Wellington. The sector benefits by its close proximity to central government and is represented by a range of private and public hospitals. There is a strong convergence of health and ICT expertise in the New Zealand Health IT Cluster, which is based in Wellington. Many organisations representing medical professional are also based in Wellington.

Search for health jobs in Wellington.

Science and research

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Led by innovation, driven by technology and focused on exports, Wellington has a strong science and research sector.

Crown research institutes (such as ESR, NIWA, and GNS Science), and high-quality tertiary education institutions spearhead our research sector. Further strengthening Wellington's science and technology community, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Callaghan Innovation, a Crown Agency, support business growth and help companies commercialise their science and technological advances. 

Search for science and research jobs in Wellington.

Government

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New Zealand has the least corrupt public sector in the world according to the Corruption Perception Index (2016). With a transparent, inclusive and diverse working environment, and relatively high salary rates, the state sector provides great opportunities to develop your career in New Zealand.  

All key central government agencies are based in Wellington making it one of the largest employers in the region.

Applicants wanting to work in a government agency usually need to hold a current Work Permit appropriate to the position.

For current job opportunities within the government sector, see the NZ government website.

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