Thousands of jobs are up for grabs in New Zealand for skilled Filipino workers.
According to CNN Philippines’ Network News aired on August 6, 2015. Filipino workers so in demand in Kiwi country.
Based on the 2013 stock estimates of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DAF), there are about 34,150 overseas Filipinos in New Zealand. Of this number, 23,682 are permanent migrants, 9,444 are temporary workers, and 1,024 irregular workers.
The next six years, we are looking at 30,000 job opportunities in New Zealand, primarily sa construction sector ito,” said Jun Macas, president of Australia and New Zealand Association of Employment Providers of the Philippines (ANZAEPP).
Macas clarified that the 30,000 jobs are not entirely for Filipino workers.
“Our goal is to get that big chunk of the 30,000 for the Filipinos,” he said during a business conference with the theme “Building Bridges, Bridging Lives, Living Dreams” hosted with their New Zealand partners on Thursday.
The workers will be needed for various reconstruction projects in Christchurch that was severely damaged by a strong earthquake in 2011.
A secured employment is not the only opportunity in New Zealand.
“New Zealand has superior protection mechanism for expat workers compared to other countries. The income opportunity is higher compared to other countries. NZ$18/hour that’s the minimum wage,” Macas said.
But that’s not all.
Macas said that after three years of working in New Zealand, the worker now has the option to apply for permanent residency.
“They can bring their families to New Zealand so they can be reunited,” he said.