A migration advice body is urging UK architects to consider moving to Auckland to benefit from a $10 billion (£5.2bn) infrastructure programme in the city
The Emigration Group believes projects including a second harbour crossing, a city rail link and two major highway schemes will provide work for thousands of Brits.
Auckland, the biggest city in New Zealand, was listed among the top 10 cities to live in by the Economist Intelligence Unit earlier this year. AJ reported in June that home building in New Zealand had recently seen its biggest quarter of growth in a decade.
And in May the AJ revealed a wave of international design contests targeting UK architects for work on the £15 billion reconstruction of earthquake-hit Christchurch in New Zealand (Design contests planned for £15bn Christchurch rebuild).
Paul Arthur, director of the Emigration Group, said: ‘New Zealand is desperate for skilled construction workers to complete developments in Auckland and elsewhere.
‘There have been indications that they have more than 23,000 roles to fill with overseas workers and this is a huge opportunity for construction workers in the UK who maybe struggling here.
‘If you’re a skilled construction worker – be it a tradesman, project manager, engineer or architect – you have a good chance of qualifying for a permanent residence visa Down Under.’
He added: ‘Not only are there more career opportunities for builders in New Zealand but the salaries they offer are often higher than what you get in the UK, not to mention the considerably better weather and lifestyle.’