NEW ZEALAND Why wouldn't you want to live there?

At Contract Scotland International, we can help you find the job you want. We bring the added advantage that our staff have visited and lived in these countries, met the employers that operate in these areas and have a full understanding of the current employment and economic issues in each country we operate in.

As the Construction industry in New Zealand continues to flourish, more and more opportunities becoming available to continue the growth of the industry. The skills and experience of British construction professionals is well-known world-wide and we speak with employers every week looking for experienced Quantity Surveyors, Project Managers and Design Engineers to join their teams and to help expand their companies.

What's Life Like in New Zealand?

  • New Zealand’s weather is reasonable. Rarely getting too hot or cold, but it definitely gets more sunshine than it does rain. Winters are warm in the North, but in the South, you can get snow. New Zealand is probably one of the only countries in the world where you can, theoretically, go swimming at the beach and ski down a mountain on the same day.
  • When it comes to natural beauty, New Zealand tops the list. Despite the islands' size, it has an impressive range of landscapes. There are rain-forests, glaciers, mountains, deserts, volcanoes, hot springs… we could go on.
  • New Zealand ranks fourth on the latest Global Peace Index. It has one of the lowest murder rates in the world. One won’t be targeted for their religion. In the event of nuclear war, New Zealand is – both geographically and politically – tucked nicely out of the way.
  • In New Zealand, a person has no fixed place or expectations. There is little of ‘class’ and ideas of ‘dressing to impress’ are largely frowned upon. The wage-gap has closed a lot since the 1980s, but the Kiwi attitude of wealth has nothing to do with a person’s value is still alive.
  • Kiwis tend to define themselves less by their occupation. Living the “work to live” philosophy as opposed to the “live to work” too many people follow elsewhere.

The three largest cities are Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch:

Auckland - New Zealand's largest city. In Maori, Auckland's name is Tamaki Makaurau, meaning "the maiden sought by a hundred lovers", in reference to its natural beauty. Whether you prefer the city life, the beach or the quiet of the suburbs, you're not far from all of them. Auckland is New Zealand's financial and economic center and a hub of growth for the country with future expansion always on the horizon.

Wellington - Referred to by Lonely Planet as "the coolest little capital in the world". Despite being smaller that Auckland, Wellington is considered by many to be the cultural hub of New Zealand. With an internationally recognised cafe scene, it being the center of New Zealand's film and technology industries and numerous theaters and universities, it's easy to see why it's classed as one of the world's most livable cities.

Christchurch - Nicknamed "The Garden City", Christchurch is the largest city on the country's southern island. As early settlers of New Zealand, Maori culture is prevalent in the city. It features many public open spaces and parks, river beds and cafes and restaurants situated in the city centre and surrounding suburbs. It's a flat city and around 7% of commuters cycle every day.


  • New Zealand’s construction industry is thriving at the moment.
  • The UK construction and engineering sectors are highly respected around the world.
  • New Zealand 15-year olds scored ahead of those in the UK for maths and science in an OECD 2015 report - described by the BBC as the “biggest ever global school rankings”.
  • Along with affordable, quality education, your children will be able to get closer to nature and enjoy healthy sport, recreation and adventure activities that are just that much harder to access in the UK.
  • Cost of living - London is the 12th most expensive city in the world to live in, according to Mercer's 2015 Cost of Living survey, while Auckland is the 61st and Wellington just the 83rd.
  • While the UK’s sunniest region (southern England) gets around 1750 sunshine hours a year, New Zealand’s three major cities all get over 2,000 hours a year|!
  • The New Zealand economy weathered the global recession relatively well, particularly compared to the UK and Europe.
Around 10,000 people emigrate from Britain to New Zealand every year. However, it’s a long way from home (11,689.8 miles from London to Wellington), so you need to know exactly what you’re getting into.

Tired of wasting hours every week battling the congested M25? Simon Shaw, (Quantity Surveyor) moved his family from Bedfordshire to Christchurch.

Looking beyond the UK's shores offers vast and unique opportunities.

(And less rain.)

The New Zealand construction market continues to see demand for skilled technical/professional staff outstrip supply leading to some significant opportunities in Auckland and Christchurch for Project Managers, Quantity Surveyors and Design Engineers. Having visited New Zealand five times in the past few years we have built up strong relationships with a range of clients and are best placed to advise you about the best Company to suit your previous experience.

What's moving to New Zealand like?

Paul Connor, a Senior Quantity Surveyor, and his partner made the move from Glasgow to Wellington, New Zealand back in 2014.

Coffee and Craft Beer cultures are massive here so socialising in the Central Business District areas is common. Outdoor activities include Sea Kayaking, Hiking, going to the volcanic pools, Fishing and Mountain Biking. The beach is only a 5 minute walk from our front door, so plenty of opportunity for the outdoor lifestyle.


  • What experience do you have of the country? Have you visited before? What would be involved in visiting the country?
  • Obtaining a visa. This is dependent on a job offer as well as passing medicals and police checks.
  • Research which town/city/suburb of New Zealand you would want to relocate to.
  • If you have kids, research into the local schools in area you would want to relocate to is necessary.
  • What is your financial plan? Would you have to sell the house to finance the move?
  • Ensure you research the costs involved in the visa application.
  • If you have a partner, have you thought about what they are going to do for work?
  • Take the time to research the sort of companies that you would like to work for.
  • What are your salary expectations?

Current Opportunities in New Zealand

An expanding Consulting Engineer working on a broad range of Infrastructure projects including roads & drainage for Private Housing Developments as well as public sector contracts are looking to appoint a Senior Graduate Engineer to their existing Auckland based team.

Tier 2 Main Contractor working on a wide variety of new build projects in both the public & private sector are actively recruiting an additional Project Manager for their Auckland operation to help manage recently awarded projects.

Expanding North Island Contractor with a strong presence in the Dairy sector is looking to augment their existing team with an additional Senior QS based out of their Auckland office. The successful job seeker will be working predominantly on new build projects.

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