The most visa-friendly careers in New Zealand

One of the most popular destinations for UK expats, New Zealand offers a spectacular scenery, a high quality of living and a wealth of employment opportunities in key industries. We’ve listed New Zealand’s biggest job sectors to help you decide whether this beautiful island nation holds the key to your next career move.

Construction

Auckland’s population surge and the ongoing recovery and rebuilding of Christchurch and Canterbury after the 2010-2012 earthquakes have led to enormous growth for New Zealand’s construction industry.

Roles in demand:

  • Quantity surveyors
  • Designers
  • Foremen
  • Site managers

Engineering

New Zealand’s government has invested heavily in infrastructure, creating great employment opportunities for the engineering industry. This includes a long-term national plan covering transport, telecommunications, energy and water.

Engineers are sought in the following areas: civil, construction, electrical, electronics, environmental, geotechnical, industrial, instrument and electrical, materials, mechanical, mining, petroleum, production, structural and transport specialities.

Health and social services

Population growth and an ageing population has increased the need for trained healthcare professionals. Among the targets are 380 extra specialists every year through to 2021 and an additional 25,000 nurses by 2030.

Virtually every discipline in health and social services requires offshore talent in both the public and private sector.

IT, electronics and telecommunications

ICT is one of New Zealand’s largest industries with over 10,000 businesses in the sector. Increased digitisation, particularly in business, means the industry is now growing at over 9% a year.

This has led to employment growth across the sector, in particular for the following roles:

  • Software engineering
  • Software development
  • Project management
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Administration
  • Business analysis

Science

Home to several research institutions of international renown, New Zealand competes globally in agricultural biotechnology, genomics, biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics and nutraceuticals.

Scientists are needed to support New Zealand’s primary industries, such as agriculture and forestry, particularly in research and development. Growth in oil exploration has also created demand for geologists studying oil and gas.


With partner offices in 12 key cities, Pickfords relocates hundreds of expats to New Zealand every year. To find out how we can help you fulfil your expat dream, visit our website or call 0800 019 8557.

Pickfords powerboat finishes 3rd at SuperStock!

Well done to Glynn and Lee Norvall, driver and navigator of the Pickfords powerboat (powered by TorFX), for finishing the 2017 P1 SuperStock Championship in 3rd place! Following a dramatic season, Pickfords’ navigator Lee Norvall gave us his perspective on the final race weekend in Milford Haven on 15 – 16 July:

“The crash in Greenock took its toll on both the boat and crew, so we hurriedly tried to fix both before the next round at Milford Haven, which was not far behind Greenock.

Losing points [from the crash] had a big effect and it left us in 8th position leading into Milford. After [the intended final race in] Scarborough was sadly cancelled, two more races where added to Milford with a total of six 20 minute races (three a day) and more points up for grabs. On Saturday all three races were back-to-back meaning over an hour of racing!

We had a simple game plan for the weekend to pick up points and were focused on racing just three [competitor] boats. After the first race, sea conditions left a number of boats damaged and we hopped ahead with points. Then, at the start of another race, Kissimmee span out and we took advantage of it. A seven-lap cat-and-dog game began between PickfordsFX and Kissimmee, until their 25-plus years of off-shore racing experience meant they undertook us on a corner. Many commented that this fight was the highlight of the weekends’ racing!

With overnight repairs to a number of boats [after Saturday], we knew [on Sunday] that we just needed to keep Typhoo behind us and to pick-off Kissimmee if the opportunity arose, which it did! The overnight repair to Kissimmee left their boat running slow and we were able to jump ahead of them for the weekend. As always Typhoo played a tight game and kept the pressure on with only six points separating us at the end of the weekend.

With a weekend of 5th, 4th and 3rd finishes, we ended up taking a well deserved 3rd on the podium and gained enough points to leap-frog from 8th in the championship to 3rd overall!”

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Thanks to our crew,  the other powerboat teams, our local  hosts at Aalborg, Greenock and Milford Haven, and Powerboat P1 Management for making a fantastic 2017 season. We look forward to doing it all again next year!

Going it alone: the pitfalls of DIY moves

When moving a small household locally, it can be tempting to hire a van and do everything yourself. At first this might seem like the cheaper option, but moving without expert help is risky and may end up costing you in other ways. Here are the main pitfalls of do-it-yourself moving:

High risk of breakages

Moving yourself means moving without professionally trained removalists or high quality packing materials. Different household items require different packing techniques and materials to ensure maximum security and minimal risk of breakage. Without knowledge of these techniques or access to the highest quality materials, you run the risk of damaging your belongings.

Lack of necessary equipment

Chances are you don’t have specialist moving dollies, carts, blankets, hoists, straps, or any of the other equipment professional removal companies use to transport customers’ belongings safely and with ease. Most van hire companies won’t provide these either.

Extra time required

Hiring a van adds extra time to the moving process, as you normally have to collect and return the vehicle at the hire company’s convenience. Many companies require you to top up the van’s fuel, and you may need to spend time figuring out a new set of controls before you can confidently drive it.

Packing yourself is also time consuming. Sourcing the right materials, planning, emptying each room, constructing boxes, wrapping and packing each item, and taking multiple trips to the hire van with heavy cartons, all adds up to a long, knackering day.

Stress

There’s a lot to consider when moving yourself. What items did you pack into which boxes? Did you wrap the crockery or glassware carefully enough? Is the van’s fuel tank full? Do you know the route to your new home? Are you confident driving a three tonne transit van? All this can create unnecessary anxiety on moving day.

Exhaustion

Moving yourself is incredibly hard work. If you’re not used to moving hefty boxes, prepare to become exhausted very quickly. It’s easy to pack boxes too heavily, which can cause injury, or not full enough, increasing the number of trips to the van and wearing yourself out.

 

Avoiding the pitfalls: a better solution

A reputable removal company will use trained, experienced removal crews who know how to take the best care of your belongings. They use professional packing techniques and quality materials and equipment, tailored to your individual requirements. A professional company knows how to pack and transport with efficiency and care, eliminating the stress, exhaustion and hassle of moving yourself.


Moving locally on a budget? With Pickfords Man and Van, you benefit from a professional crew at an hourly rate; great value for small, short distance moves. Find out more or get a quote today.

Top tips for buying property abroad

 

Looking for a new home overseas? While navigating foreign real estate can be a daunting prospect, the best advice for buying a home can be applied to most international property markets. Read on to discover how to secure the best overseas property, whatever your destination.

Investigate building your home from scratch

Surprisingly, it can be more cost effective to purchase and build a home on empty land rather than buying an existing property. It’s normal to agree a price with a contractor upfront, sometimes as part of a land and property purchase deal. This way, even if the land price increases during construction, your costs stay the same.

Consider the location of the land

Another benefit of building your overseas property yourself is the potential for increasing its value. Look for land near water or in developing residential areas; you should get a good deal with either. Then, once built, your home will likely increase in value due to its great location.

Research neighbourhood property prices

If you do opt for buying an existing property abroad, investigate house prices in the surrounding area. If the local market has reached its high point, steer clear to avoid losing money on the property over time.

Know your property inside out

Estate agents won’t tell you about the dodgy plumbing or leaky roof. For any prospective overseas property, make sure the appropriate surveys are undertaken so you are aware of any building work required before or after purchase. Survey results will also help in price negotiations if any issues are identified.

Learn about the local area

Decide what you need out of your new neighbourhood and check your list against each prospective property or area of land. This could include:

  • Local amenities
  • Good international schools
  • Low crime rates
  • Access to public transport
  • No planned developments that could impact house prices

Discover property hotspots

Research  in property magazines or online to discover where house prices are predicted or starting to rise in your destination country. As developed cities expand outwards, many suburbs are undergoing rapid development. Invest now, and, market permitting, expect to sell at a profit when you repatriate.


Found your dream property abroad? Contact Pickfords for expert international packing and removals. Click here for a quote or find out more.

‘Pickfords Witches’ get muddy for Cancer Research UK

The self-styled ‘Pickfords Witches of Eastwood’ completed this weekend’s Pretty Muddy event in Derby this weekend, raising over £1,200 for Cancer Research UK!

Well done to Laura Abbey, Amy Chambers, Chantelle Benniston, Charlotte Randall, Georgina Langley and Rachel Walsh from Pickfords’ Nottingham branch for finishing the 5k race on Saturday for Pickfords’ partner charity.

The Derby Pretty Muddy is a large obstacle course over a mixture of terrains, set in 200 acres of parkland within Markeaton Park. As the name suggests, getting muddy is an integral part of the experience!

All funds raised will be donated to Cancer Research UK, supporting research towards the charity’s ultimate goal: bringing forward the day when we beat cancer.

UPDATED: Important information following global cyber attack on Maersk Group

Maersk has confirmed that some of its IT and communications infrastructure has been impacted. Pickfords will monitor the situation closely and keep our customers informed, should their shipments be affected.

Message from Maersk Group:

Please see the following information from Maersk Group. Pickfords will monitor the situation closely and will make contact with our customers, should they be impacted by this incident.

“Following on from our communications yesterday (27th June 2017) regarding the impact of the global cyber attack, Petya, on A.P. Møller-Maersk group, we can confirm that some of our IT and communications infrastructure have been impacted and we have proactively shut down as a security measure.

For now this means the following:

All immediate vessel operations will continue as planned, making the majority of planned port calls.

Access to most ports is not impacted, however some APM Terminals are affected and gates are closed 

Cargo in transit will be offloaded as planned.  Import Cargo will be released to credit customers

At the present time we are unfortunately unable to serve new quotes or accept future bookings. However we do greatly appreciate your patience and look forward to carrying your cargo as soon as it is practically possible 

Unfortunately due to the impact on our IT and communications systems we are limited in our ability to communicate with you. We will continue to email you when appropriate and will be updating our Social Media channels regularly.

We apologize once again for any inconvenience this may cause your business and we are working hard to resume normal operations as soon as possible.

The Maersk Team”

 

*UPDATE 11:50am* a further message from Maerk

“Dear Customer,

As per our previous customer advisory regarding the impact of the global cyber attack on Maersk Line we are able to provide you with the following services at this time:

  • All immediate vessel operations will continue as planned
  • Access to UK and Irish ports is not impacted
  • Cargo in transit will be offloaded as planned. 
  • Import cargo will be released to credit customers
  • Export haulage booked to load in the next 24 hours will be accommodated where possible”

How to fit in as an expat

Moving abroad is a great chance to enrich your career and your life, but optimising any expat experience means fitting in with the locals and becoming part of the culture. Read our top tips to help you integrate with your host county and make the most of your overseas opportunity:

Get to know the area

Spend your first few weeks in your host country, as well as any pre-trips, familiarising yourself with local area. Learn the native pronunciation of street names and place names. Find out where the nearest amenities are. The better you know your new locale, the less people will see you as a tourist or an outsider.

Learn the language

If you’re moving to a country with a different native language, it can be tempting to get by on the locals’ knowledge of English. But to properly integrate, it’s important to have at least some understanding of the local dialect. The more you know, the more people will open up to you, and the better you’ll fit in.

Take a course before you emigrate to gain at least a basic understanding of the host language. Then your real learning begins in-country. Wherever possible, ask the locals to converse with you in their native tongue; most people will be happy to help you learn.

Understand the culture

Like learning the language, you can start to understand your host country before you travel, but the real education begins after you emigrate. For starters, visit expat blogs and forums to get a feel for your destination before you go. Learn enough about the local history, music and sports teams to help you get by. Seek to understand the basics of dining and business etiquette and greeting customs so you don’t make any embarrassing faux pas.

After you arrive, don’t be tempted to just hang out with other expats. You can only truly understand a culture by becoming immersed in it, so spend plenty of time with the locals. Many people love to talk about their country, so ask lots of questions. Say yes to dinner invites, parties, nights out and other events as often as possible.


Ready for your move overseas? Contact Pickfords for expert international packing and removals. Click here for a quote or find out more.