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Hotspots of skills in demand



Structural Engineers with proven seismic project experience and strong communication, client facing and team management soft skills are in demand for strengthening, rebuild and new urbanisation and development projects.

Civil Engineers with experience in land development and subdivisions are needed too given the ever increasing demand for new houses.

Geometric Designers with a focus on road safety as well as upgrades and new transport projects are sought. A focus on national road projects and upgrades is fuelling demand.

Site and Project Engineers with experience in large-scale transportation infrastructure projects are also in demand. Experienced candidates are required to keep large projects on schedule and then deliver them successfully.

Building Services Engineers are needed. Employers look for proven Mechanical and Electrical Engineers in the field of building services who are capable of drafting and design given the number of refurbishments, new builds and renovations in Wellington.


Civil Design Engineers are in demand in Auckland. The identification of new housing regions is creating huge demand for Civil Design Engineers with land development experience and strong Civil 3D and 12D software skills.

Structural Revit Drafters at the intermediate to senior levels are needed. Those with Revit experience are highly sought after given the number of medium to large builds underway across the retail, residential, aged care and commercial sectors. However, for many candidates Revit is still a fairly new software. There is consequently a shortage of candidates with strong Revit skills and experience as well as familiarity and knowledge of New Zealand building codes and processes.

Structural Engineers at the intermediate through to team leader levels are also sought. To be successful, candidates require strong foundational knowledge in seismic structures since there is still a huge amount of repair work underway to ensure buildings reach required standards, as well as numerous medium to large new builds. The residential market adds to demand, particularly new build projects in Auckland.

Land Surveyors and Survey Technicians are needed across the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions in response to an increase in land development projects.

Civil Engineers in land development are also sought in Waikato and Bay of Plenty. Large new development plans on the outskirts of Auckland, which incorporate affordable housing builds, are adding to demand.

Stormwater and Three Waters Engineers are required in response to new land developments in Auckland and the continual need to maintain and upgrade existing network systems.

Planners are in increasing demand too. This is a growing sector as a result of new land development and special housing areas across the country. Resource Consent Planners are in most demand.

Transport Planners and Engineers with strong modelling skills are also sought to assist with current and future infrastructure demands. As Auckland grows and new developments are planned, transport systems and roads need to be upgraded to cater to growing populations.


Civil Engineers experienced across multiple sectors are in demand in Christchurch, where a large amount of land development work is underway. Add the updating of water, waste and drainage systems, and demand is high. Candidates require knowledge of Three Waters, transportation and infrastructure. 12D modelling experience is also increasingly required, however there is a shortage of candidates with experience using this software.

Structural Engineers are needed too. There is a high volume of work in the commercial, residential and industrial sectors, but the supply of candidates with local experience fails to meet demand. Seismic engineering is very unique in New Zealand, which is why employers look for candidates with this experience as most of the work lies in this area. There is a distinct shortage of engineers with two to seven years of New Zealand experience.

Land Surveyors are also required. With a small number of Land Surveyors graduating from university each year, and the ongoing movement of graduates overseas where salaries are higher, there is a shortage of candidates. There has been a particular increase in demand for licensed Cadastral Surveyors in the region.

Geotechnical Engineers with experience in the design and management of complex ground investigations are required. To be successful, candidates require local consultancy experience.

Qualified Mechanical/Electrical Engineers (Building Services) with New Zealand consultancy experience are in short supply. There is a continued demand in Christchurch for experienced design engineers given the amount of re-build work that still exists.

Electrical Engineers (High Voltage) are in continued demand in Christchurch. There is a distinct lack of Generation Engineers, Power Systems Engineers and Substation Design Engineers with experience in the New Zealand power industry.

Stormwater and Three Waters Engineers are required in response to new land developments in Christchurch and the continual need to maintain and upgrade existing network systems. These candidates are also required for larger infrastructure projects throughout the South Island.

Jobseeker advice

On your CV, include a summary of key projects you have worked on and your responsibilities for each.

List your experience chronologically, with your most recent role at the top.

Keep your CV clear and concise. Try not to exceed three pages. If you have worked on numerous projects, consider sending the details as a separate addendum to your main CV.

Tailor your CV for the role you apply for. Instead of using one generic CV, create three or four that you can adjust depending on the role you are interested in.

Do not send your CV to every consultancy as the market is small and you will gain a reputation for looking for any opportunity anywhere.

When job searching, consider what factors are non-negotiable and those where you can demonstrate flexibility. This includes salary, benefits, location and responsibilities.

Consider upskilling. A report claims the half-life of learned skills is now about five years. Regardless of your role or level of seniority, it is therefore essential to continuously upskill in order to stay relevant in an increasingly mechanised world. Here’s 7 ways to upskill and keep yourself at the growing edge of your career without breaking the bank.