Hays stated there has been a 25 to 30% increase in enquiries from Aussies about permanent roles here.
It comes as the latest figures from the International Monetary Fund show that economic growth in NZ is expected to rise up to 2.9% next year, compared to 2.8% in Australia, and confidence among businesses and consumers is on the up.
Hays New Zealand Managing Director, Jason Walker
, stated that they expect to see more interest from Australians as permanent employment opportunities grow.
“The demand for strong, experienced and skilled professionals is increasing and Australian candidates have the advantage of being permitted to work in the country under the same conditions as New Zealanders,” he stated.
However, despite the growing interest there are some drawbacks for potential Aussie candidates.
“Australian contractors have been looking at opportunities in New Zealand within the IT and engineering industries but employers here are less likely to consider them, as they have concerns that employees will go straight back to Australia the minute the market improves,” Walker explained.
“Another issue for Australians looking for work in New Zealand is salaries. They can be put off a role as the remuneration is often lower than what they are used to.”
This has been highlighted by the shift of jobs to New Zealand from Australia over the past few years as Australian producers try to avoid the impact of high wages, a high Australian dollar and restrictive labour laws.
New Zealand’s growing economy and potential job growth is attracting an increasing number of potential Australian candidates, according to recruiter