NZ Campaign Attracts Thousands of Foreigners for Construction Jobs

A construction team

New Zealand reached progress in its efforts to address a shortage of workers in the construction industry, following a huge interest for its LookSeeBuild NZ campaign.

More than 13,000 professionals from the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, the U.K., the United Arab Emirates and the U.S. have applied for different job vacancies. New Zealand expects the recruitment drive to fill openings for engineers, surveyors and project managers among other roles.

Global Recruitment

New Zealand will require 56,000 more workers in the industry in the next 10 years, which include 2,200 high-end specialists. The additional workforce will be necessary for the completion of construction projects worth $125 billion over the time period.

The huge amount means more business for suppliers of construction equipment, including earthmoving machinery such as excavators for sale here in NZ.

Hence, a need to fill jobs will be important to avoid construction delays. Aaron Muir, LookSeeBuild NZ spokesman, said that recruitment campaign would not only solve the shortage of professionals but also hire professionals with “experience in mega-projects from every country on earth.”

Construction Expertise

A certain applicant’s credentials include experience in the development of the Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia, which will be the world’s highest building with a 1-kilometre height upon completion.

Other candidates have experience in the Marina Bay Sands project in Singapore, the Shard in London and a luxury resort in Macau.

Other interested applicants came from Canada, Greece and Chile, according to Muir. The campaign has begun to screen the applications. New Zealand will offer up to $4,000 of subsidies for travel and visa-processing expenses for hired candidates, with the first batch expected to arrive in January 2018.


The recruitment campaign’s success signifies the importance of construction work to New Zealand’s economy, as the country takes on an ambitious expansion drive for its infrastructure network.