New Zealand's booming industries: Engineering

Job opportunities in the Engineering industry were up 14.1% year-on-year with 1,600 more roles being advertised on SEEK across New Zealand. 

Brett Williams, Acting CEO at Engineering New Zealand explains that the industry is growing at an incredible pace and there is critical demand for talented job seekers.

One of the biggest issues in the engineering talent pipeline, says Williams, is a lack of locally trained professionals.

“During the past 25 years, the number of engineers in New Zealand has grown by more than 26% but it’s not enough,” he says. “Drilling down, just fewer than 5% of New Zealand’s graduates at bachelor’s level or higher were engineers in 2014, whereas the  norm is 12%.”

Further to this, Williams says that 18% of New Zealand graduates move abroad within a year of graduating. Within seven years, 35% of engineering graduates are overseas. Many fields of engineering are on Immigration New Zealand’s long-term and immediate skill shortage lists, he says.

A look across the country:

Aside from Canterbury and Gisborne, growth was widespread across all regions, with the most significant growth recorded in Auckland, which grew by 8% year-on-year. This was followed by Waikato and Bay of Plenty which grew 1.7% and 1.4% respectively. 

The roles driving job growth:

Making the biggest contribution to the overall growth in job opportunities were roles advertised in Civil/Structural Engineering with 4.5% growth year-on-year, this was followed by Maintenence and Mechanical Engineering with 2.7% and 1.3% respectively.

Chemical Engineering saw the largest growth in applications from job seekers with an astonishing 125.1% more people applying for roles in the profession year-on-year. Aerospace Engineering and jobs in Systems Engineering also saw a significant spike in popularity for job seekers with applications growing 44% and 43.6% respectively. 

What employers want:

Employers advertising engineering roles on SEEK are not only looking for technical skills, they’re also looking for individuals with other key business skills. Common keywords included in job ads for engineers include:

  • Project management 
  • Design experience
  • Communication skills
  • Analysis

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