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WHP: How to find a job in New Zealand?
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Auckland, White Island, Lake Rotorua... Your New Zealand travel itinerary is set! But unless you have a big enough budget to last a whole year, you'll have to find a job (or even several). CV, job sectors, salary... Here's what you need to know to find a job during your Working Holiday Programme (WHP) in New Zealand.

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Where to find a job in New Zealand?

Unless you are fluent in English and qualified in promising sectors such as technologies, engineering or health, you will have to look for odd jobs. The advantage is that this kind of job doesn't usually commit you to anything long-term, so you have more freedom to travel later on. 

In the city, the hospitality sector is common: waiter, barista, etc. However, competition can be tough, especially in Auckland and Wellington. You can also combine work and pleasure by opting for the Queenstone Lakes district, Taupo or one of the Canterbury areas on the South Island. The summer season (between December and February) is sure to offer job opportunities in the tourism sector. And for those who want to work in the wilderness, there is of course fruit picking or wwoofing.

Rédiger un CV en anglais

If you want to get a job in New Zealand, you must have a CV in English. Get to the point and always tailor your CV to the job you are applying for. For example, you don't need to say that you have a Master's degree in biochemistry if you are applying for a job as a receptionist... 

Tthe CV should be presented as follows:

  • Contact details: remember to create a .com or .nz email address and do not add a photo unless indicated;
  • A presentation of 2-3 lines maximum;
  • The skills to be highlighted for this job;
  • The last jobs that could be an asset for this position;
  • Your experience and their equivalence in New Zealand;
  • and references from former employers or from teachers or colleagues.

Hobbies are optional, as is the cover letter for a small job.

How to contact employers in New Zealand?

If online ad sites are a first reflex, don't limit yourself to Internet searches!

  • Read newspapers
  • Check advertisements in backpacker hostels
  • Go door-to-door and ask to see the manager
  • Register with a recruitment agency
  • Talk to people, even before you leave. A friend of a friend might be able to tell you about a good deal, who knows... 

WHP in New Zealand: let's talk money!

Taxes in New Zealand are deducted directly from your salary. To work, you will need a tax number, the IRD. As a rule, you will be deducted a 10.5% tax.

The minimum wage is NZD 17.70 gross per hour (about €11). You cannot be paid less than this unless you are between 18 and 19 years old.

Finally, full-time work in New Zealand is equivalent to 40 hours per week. If you work on public holidays, your employer is obliged to pay you 1.5 plus.

APRIL International takes you to the Kiwis

Planning a WHP in New Zealand? Don't forget to take out insurance to obtain your visa. APRIL International offers you a turnkey WHP insurance solution!

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