Why you Should Immigrate to New Zealand in 2020/2021

If you have skills, qualifications or experience that New Zealand needs you may be able to apply for a resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category. The Skilled Migrant Category is a points system based on factors such as age, work experience, your qualifications, and an offer of skilled employment.

You can qualify for permanent residency in New Zealand if you have been a resident visa holder for 2 years or more, and can show a commitment to living in New Zealand you can apply for a Permanent Resident Visa. Once granted, you can live and work in New Zealand permanently and come and go from New Zealand without travel conditions.


Moving to New Zealand

Looking for a change? Somewhere beautiful and more relaxed, where clean air and clear skies encourage healthier living?

New Zealand employers regularly attend job expos in the UK and Ireland. Find out how New Zealand today compares to the UK, and how you can get a visa to experience lifestyle in New Zealand.

How New Zealand compares

There are lots to make you feel at home in New Zealand including a shared history and all the conveniences you are accustomed to.

What you will find different is how much easier it is to enjoy a healthier outdoors lifestyle here, and the extra time you will have for your own interests.

New Zealand is also a great, safe place for children, with so many recreational activities and a world-class education system that is largely free.

Scenic beauty

New Zealand is rightly famous for its fantastic scenery: sweeping sub-tropical surf beaches, mysterious native forests, dramatic mountains, bubbling mud pools, braided rivers, deep fjords and more. No wonder they are so often chosen as the backdrop for blockbuster movies like Lord of the Rings. Tourists only ever get a taste. If you come to New Zealand for longer, you will have time to explore the lot.

Unique culture

There was a time when New Zealand used to be called ‘Little Britain’. Not any more.

British traditions remain strong but the strong influences of New Zealand Maori and Polynesian people have injected a distinctive and dynamic ‘Pasifika’ feel to life there.

It is expressed in excellent arts festivals. It also comes through in everyday life with a spirit of welcome that Maori call Manaakitanga. The basic idea of this concept is that everyone comes out better off through the act of looking after guests.

Famous work - life balance

The quality of life in New Zealand really is outstanding and the pace is relatively relaxed.

 New Zealand have a great work ethic and like to get ahead as much as anyone else. But they also believe there are much more to living.
It is taken for granted by employers and colleagues alike that people have a life away from work. Plus - commuting is not the big deal it is in the UK. Even in the biggest cities you are only minutes from a beach, native park or mountain biking trail.

All of which means more time to do things you want to do away from work, whether it is getting sweaty running bush tracks or mountain biking, or just chilling with your friends or family by a beach or in your garden.

In the biggest cities you are only minutes from nature Otari-Wilton Bush, Wellington
Great climate for outdoor living

Living costs

You will find some things cost less in New Zealand, some more, particularly items that have to come long distances. But generally, the costs of living here are comparable to other western-style OECD countries (The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is a unique forum where the governments of 36 member states with market economies work with each other, as well as with more than 70 non-member economies to promote economic growth, prosperity, and sustainable development).

Depending on where in the UK you are coming from however you may actually find the cost of living in New Zealand cheaper than you are used to.

London was rated the world’s 23rd most expensive city to live in by Mercer’s 2019 Cost of Living Survey. By comparison, Auckland was much further down the rankings at 89th and Wellington even less expensive at 114. Costs in other UK cities however are about the same or less expensive. And like everywhere else, city living in New Zealand costs more than living in smaller towns.


Finding work

New Zealand’s job market has been strong over recent years, driven by solid economic performances. 47,000 job opportunities in a year.

The government expects they will need about 47,000 more workers a year well into the 2020s. That adds up to great career opportunities.

The majority of the new jobs will be in highly skilled occupations, and it is expected most will have to be filled by people from overseas countries - including the UK.

Skills in demand

Job openings will grow for virtually every kind of work. But the largest increases will be in business services, construction/utilities, health care/social assistance and education.

Prospects are particularly strong if your skills are on any of the Essential Skills in Demand (ESID) lists of skill shortages updated regularly by Immigration New Zealand.

If your job or profession is not on a shortage list, do not be disheartened. There are lots of opportunities in New Zealand for people with skills. A little forward planning and preparation will help in your search for a job in New Zealand.

Getting a Visa

If you are planning more than a brief sight seeing trip to New Zealand, and especially if you want to work here, you will need one of the various different types of visa that are available.

Working holiday visas give UK people aged 18-30 up to 23 months in New Zealand,  almost twice as long as young people from other countries, although you can only work for 12 of these months.

Alternatively, there are work visas that let you live and work here for a set period and may even lead to residence.

Resident visas such as the Skilled Migrant Category let you stay indefinitely and access more state-funded public services. There are also investment visas for people planning to invest at least NZD$3 million.

Organising the move

Once you have made the decision to come to New Zealand, you will have lots to organise. Apart from finding work and getting a visa, your top priorities will be deciding where you want to live and finding accommodation, sorting out money and banking matters and, if you have a family, finding the best schools for them.

Getting your new life off to a good start is all a matter of preparation. To help with the planning try our NZ Ready tool. NZ Ready will help you build a comprehensive plan outlining what is involved in a move, ensuring nothing is missed.

Investor opportunities

There are exciting investment prospects in New Zealand. The land is fertile, the people are generally well off and well-educated and officialdom is actively welcoming. There is lots going on, both in traditional sectors and in ‘sunrise’ sectors like ICT, biotech, agricultural research and more.

Over the past 30 years successive governments have transformed New Zealand into a successful and resilient free market, open economy.

New Zealand came through the global recession comparatively well,  and undoubtedly helped by relatively low exposure to Europe.
For several years observers described New Zealand as the world’s ‘rock star’ economy.

New Zealand hit a high point in 2016 with economic growth of around 4% in 2016. In 2018, growth eased back to 2.8% and is expected to average around 2.7% in the years to 2023.
To put that in context - the COED reports that the UK’s economy grew 1.45% in 2018 and forecasts 1.22% and 0.98% growth in 2019 and 2020.


Economic overview

New Zealand has an open economy that works on free market principles.

Over the last 30 years the economy has gone from being one of the most regulated in the OECD to one of the least regulated, most free-market based economies.

Fertile soil and excellent growing conditions coupled with sophisticated farming methods and advanced agricultural technology provide the ideal environment for pastoral, forestry and horticulture activities. Various primary commodities account for around half of all goods exports and New Zealand is one of the top five dairy exporters in the world. New Zealand has a very good export-driven competitive economy with exports accounting for about 30% of GDP

Complementing primary production are sizeable manufacturing and service sectors and growing high-tech capabilities. Tourism, film production, and wine-making are also significant.

It is an outward-looking, internationally competitive economy with exports accounting for about 30% of GDP.

New Zealand has a low-inflation environment, with monetary policy managed by the Reserve Bank, the independent Central Bank that is charged with maintaining price stability.

They have a long-standing flexible exchange rate. There are no exchange controls or restrictions on bringing in or repatriating funds.


Robust performance

Projecting economic growth of around 3% for 2018, the OECD comments that while export growth is expected to slow, overall growth “will continue to be driven by strong tourism demand from Asia and increases in dairy exports.”

The New Zealand economy made a solid recovery after the 2008 - 2009 recession, which was shallow compared to other advanced economies. Annual growth has averaged 2.1% since March 2010, emphasising the economy's resilience.

In the year ending September 2017 the economy grew 2.7%. Growth in the year was driven by construction, booming tourism, and strong terms of trade.

These forces proved to be considerably greater than anticipated and the Government is now forecasting average growth of 2.9% for 2018, and 3.6% for 2019, emphasising continuous growth.


Stock market performance

The New Zealand stock market rose 22% in 2017, buoyed by an economy growing at a rate above its long-term trend. GDP growth is expected to increase in calendar 2018, supported by high net migration, strong tourism growth, robust construction activity, and low interest rates.

Share prices, despite a strong rally since the global financial crisis, remain underpinned by growing corporate earnings and attractive dividend yields.

Relative to long term interest rates, New Zealand equities continue to provide good value.

You can visit New Zealand Government's official immigration website to find out how to apply for a visa or NZeTA, employ migrant workers, and assistance.

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