Employment Group: 30,000 Jobs Open in New Zealand in the Next Six Years
About 30,000 jobs primarily in the construction sector are set to open in New Zealand in the next six years.
Jun Macas, president of Australia and New Zealand Association of Employment Providers of the Philippines (ANZAEPP) made the claim while clarifying that the 30,000 jobs are not entirely meant for Filipino applicants.
“Our goal is to get that big chunk of the 30,000 for the Filipinos,” Macas said during a business conference with the theme “Building Bridges, Bridging Lives, Living Dreams” hosted with their New Zealand partners on Thursday.
Workers will be needed to augment various reconstruction projects in Christchurch, severely damaged by earthquake in 2011.
Macas said besides securing employment there are also other benefits of working in New Zealand:
New Zealand offers better worker protection for migrant workers compared to many other countries.
Income opportunity is also higher than other countries. Minimum wage is NZD18/hr. (1 NZD = PHP30.)
Workers have the option to apply for New Zealand permanent residency after spending three years working there. One of the benefits of becoming permanent residents is the ability to bring in families to New Zealand.
Liberty Casco, deputy administrator of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), said New Zealand has become an attractive destination for Filipino skilled workers and professionals.
“New Zealand could very well be one of the better labor markets for Filipino workers worldwide, given its highly developed labor and immigration policies that are protective of foreign workers,” Casco said.
Given the no placement fee policy enforced by POEA, going to New Zealand to work appears easier for aspiring workers.
According to 2013 data from the the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), there are 34,150 Filipinos based in New Zealand, 23,682 of whom are permanent migrants. The rest are temporary and irregular workers.
A separate data source from POEA indicate the deployment of Filipino workers to New Zealand is on the upswing.
“From an annual average of 1,000 Filipino workers deployed to New Zealand for the five-year period from 2005 to 2009, the deployment of Filipino workers rose to an average of 2,000 Filipino workers for the period of 2010 to 2014. In 2014, deployment of OFWs to New Zealand totaled 3,068 workers which is a 29% increase over the 2013 level,” Casco said.
Casco added that POEA’s goal is to make the “no placement fee” policy implemented worldwide.
“A worker who is not charged a placement fee is in a better position to be able to contribute productively to the job because they are not worrying about loans to pay and it will redound to the benefits of the workers’ welfare,” she said.