Wage increases in line with demand for Canterbury workers

June 25, 2012

Workers who have been involved in rebuilding Christchurch have seen their pockets lined with a 3.6 per cent increase in the first six months of the year, with an average annual salary now in excess of NZD$65,000.

The huge growth in demand for skilled workers has driven the salary increases - according to Jason Walker, managing director at recruitment firm Hays – and the demand for staff has forced local companies to look elsewhere for staff to help out with the rebuild effort.

According to Walker there is already a skills shortage in the area, before the major construction work has even begun.

“We haven’t even hit the tip of the iceberg yet. They’re still demolishing the CBD, they haven’t even looked at rebuilding yet,” he said.

"There is a huge demand for experienced, skilled, qualified staff."

And this demand extends to companies who normally couldn’t afford large salary packets, instead offering staff mobile phones, vehicles and flexible working hours in addition to a number of other benefits.

For skilled people who are not looking to move permanently to Christchurch there are also a number of fly-in, fly-out roles which have been made available throughout the rebuilding process.

The New Zealand city of Christchurch is currently calling out for overseas skilled migrants to help fill a desperate skills shortage throughout the rebuild process, so if you have a skill that could fill one of these coveted positions there has never been a better time to consider migration.

To find out more about how the migration process works and how you can get started straight away, contact The Emigration Group today on 01244 321414 (North) or 0207 118 2526 (South).

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