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vision, and are not official. We cannot assure
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Department of New Zealand,
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in New Zealand, or give any incentive to you start
to look for work in NZ. You should considered that
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in this matter.
New Zealand, the
working hours are very long and the market is very
competitive. But we can say that at least most of Kiwis can
get the basic amount to live and if it not enough, the
government is there to complement it through the
social security services. The wages have increased in
recent years, but still continue to be less than many other
countries in the first world, including the closest
neighbour, Australia. In New Zealand, the minimum salay per year is NZ $
440 or NZ$ 550 per week depending of the job (NZ$ 28.600).
The Immigrants and
foreigners, are the group with high levels of unemployment,
reaching almost 25%. Some of the main reasons are the lack
of English language, lack of professional specialization,
and difficulties of cultural assimilation. However,
currently New Zealand is going through an unique situation,
with a great need of workers in many different work sectors.
As the population is aging and the natality rate is low plus
many Kiwis moved overseas, the option is to import qualified
workers to the country. Minimum
wages from the NZ Gov website
work in New Zealand once
it is authorized by the Immigration department and get a
visa for that. Permanent residents and Australian residents,
do not need any authorization, and can work if they want.
All other people have to request a Work Visa.
This permission is something nobody needs to fear, it is
just a paperwork to fill and even for the opposite, could be
very easy to get it. It is very important to understand the
point of view of the government (immigration) in relation of
the problem of work in New Zealand, and here there are some
brief explanations about it: They do not like disorganized
and messy issues. Everything is extremely disciplined by
rules and laws. It is like the scouts manual, with a list of
written tasks, and everything need to be complied with it,
one by one. NZ needs to protect their workers against a
possible invasion of foreign workers, but as they do not
have enough people in the country, there is a demand in many
areas to keep the economy growing. Therefore, they establish
rules to give these permissions of work.
these rules and working illegally,
you are asking for problems, that can ruin your future life,
including justice process, jail and deportation. Firstly you
should considered that amount of paid wages are lower for
illegal workers. This type of jobs does not guarantee anything
to the employee, exploring the worker in a shame way, with
hard and heavy work, and long hours, with wages that badly
pay the food of the day. It is almost like a semi-slavery,
where the illegal worker it is already in prison without
knowing it. Moreover, the worker does not have any rights,
cannot complain, and if happens something they cannot ask
for help, finishing living with fear of their own
shade. So think twice because there are many ways to get a
legal job in NZ without problems.
and cheap action to apply for
a permission of work at the immigration office, will not
only guarantee your dignity and rights, as well as the money
paid will be complied with the norms of minimum wages in New
Zealand. It is very important to highlight that New
Zealand is not like the United States regarding working
rules. In USA working rules are very different and hardly foreigners are
allowed to work. In contrast, New Zealand allows the
majority of foreigners to work, once they have done an
application of Work Visa, and if they have a job offer.
The best situation would be if this job offer is in the areas of
demand. New Zealand rules goes further, opening the doors
for qualified workers to stay in the country as resident
permanents, and if they want, will be able later
become citizens. It does not matter the category of Visa you
are in the country, but if you request a work permission,
and if its granted, you will be able to work legally in New
about work/jobs in New Zealand
immigration changed the rules offering permission to
work for all students from 2014.
total population of New Zealand already exceeded 4.4
million inhabitants in 2012 and unemployment 6.7 in
of Full time jobs had increased in 4.1%, and of
countires are listed for the woking holiday
program in NZ , more
about WHV in NZ .
to get a Visa to Work in NZ or Immigrate to NZ:
information about work and how to get a job in New Zealand,
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and his friend after a hard day working in fruit picking.