The Emigration Group is urging construction workers in the UK to consider emigrating to New Zealand, where the country’s largest city, Auckland, is about to embark on a $10bn infrastructure programme which will lead to thousands of new jobs.
Major new projects planned include a second harbour crossing, a city rail link and two highway projects.
Fulfilling these projects will create thousands of jobs and there are insufficient local skills available.
The projects, in association with Hawkins Construction, the second largest construction company in New Zealand, have the full backing of the country’s prime minister.
The Emigration Group director Paul Arthur said: “New Zealand is desperate for skilled construction workers to complete developments in Auckland and elsewhere. There have been indications that they have more than 23,000 roles to fill with overseas workers and this is a huge opportunity for construction workers in the UK who maybe struggling here. If you’re a skilled construction worker – be it a tradesman, project manager, engineer or architect, you have a good chance of qualifying for a permanent residence visa down under.
“Not only are there more career opportunities for builders in New Zealand but the salaries they offer are often higher than what you get in the UK, not to mention the considerably better weather and lifestyle.”