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Work essentials

Working in another country can be challenging. Make sure you are prepared by understanding New Zealand employment conditions.


Wellington has the highest average income rates in New Zealand. The annual average household income in Wellington City is $113,000 vs the national average of $97,000.

For more data and comparisons of salary rates across different industries and regions, check out the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Regional Economic Activity Tool.

Also useful is Career New Zealand’s salary comparisons which provides a breakdown of salary expectations for various industry sub-sectors.


There are a range of visa options for people wishing to work short term or long term in New Zealand. For more information on the most appropriate visa for you and your family, visit the New Zealand Now website.

Immigration New Zealand also publish information on industries with short and long term skill shortages in New Zealand.


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

Immigration New Zealand’s produces a list of overseas qualifications and how they rank on the New Zealand framework. If your particular qualification isn’t listed, you can submit it to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority for an International Qualifications Assessment.

Employment law

When you have been offered a job in New Zealand you should receive a written employment agreement from your employer. This will outline hours of work, salary, holidays, sick leave and parental leave.

For useful information and FAQs on employment in New Zealand, see the Employment NZ website.

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