New Zealand Aims to Hire More Overseas Construction Workers

Construction WorkersAn increasing demand for construction workers in New Zealand prompted several private and public sector groups to launch the LookSee Build campaign.

The campaign primarily aims to attract 20,000 skilled foreign talents from the U.K. and Ireland, according to Hamish Price, director of HainesAttract that spearheads the campaign. It follows a similar initiative in early 2017 that lured 48,000 job hunters for IT opportunities in Wellington.

Recruitment Strategy

The dearth of home-grown workers has mainly led private companies and public groups to search for workers elsewhere. Price said that the campaign would “future-proof” the construction sector amid an unprecedented infrastructure building boom.

The country’s construction pipeline in the next ten years amounts to NZ$125 billion, which explains the urgent need for additional workers. At the same time, it has embarked on an ambitious plan to build 100,000 new homes by 2021. This campaigns would benefit not just those who plan to migrate to New Zealand, but also provide business for local construction suppliers of diggers for sale in NZ. This is because companies would eventually need more tools at the same time that they need more equipment handlers.

First-Time Partnership

Craig West of Downer NZ said that the campaign also marked the first partnership between the public and private construction groups. The need for more workers has become so urgent that it prompted the two sectors to join forces, despite fierce competition in the industry, according to West.

Response from British workers has been relatively positive, partly due to a slowdown in the U.K.’s construction sector, said Auckland Transport Chief Infrastructure Officer Greg Edmonds.

The campaign represents a good opportunity for skilled migrants that plan to live and work in New Zealand. Despite the supposed shortage of labourers, the search for more workers means that businesses are on an expansion trend.