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Working essentials

If you’d like to work in New Zealand, there’s a few necessities you’ll need to have sorted before you start exploring exciting career options in Wellington.

You’ll need to get a visa

There are a number of visas that you may be eligible to apply for, including ones for your partner or family.

Generally, you'd start with one of our work visas which allow you to live and work in new Zealand for up to 24 months - either a long-term skilled shortage visa, or accredited employer visa.

After this, you can then apply for a residence visa. Or, if you have skills that are in demand in New Zealand, you can apply for a resident visa under the skilled migrant category.

You could also apply for a working holiday visa, which will allow you to work in new Zealand for up to one year (or 23 months if you're from the UK) and available for people aged up to 35 years old from select countries.


If you've gained qualifications overseas, you may need to help potential employers understand what your qualifications means in New Zealand. You can do this by comparing your qualifications to our national qualifications framework

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Salaries and taxes

If you'd like to work in New Zealand, you'll need to get an IRD number and open a bank account so you can start getting paid.

The median yearly earnings in Wellington is $49,000, compared to the national median of $44,700. In New Zealand, we pay income tax which is calculated by each dollar of income. The tax rate varies, depending on our salary.

Employment law

When you're offered a job in New Zealand you should receive a written employment agreement from your employers. This will outline your hours of work, salary and obligations as a worker. It will also tell you how much time you're allowed to take off for holidays, sick leave, bereavement leave and parental leave. 

Settling in to Kiwi workplaces

Immigration New Zealand have made a Guide to Kiwi Workplaces outlining what it’s like to work in New Zealand. This guide is full of handy information that will help you settle in to your new workplace. 

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