What’s the cost of living in NZ like?

If moving to New Zealand is one of your New Year’s resolutions, then you may be wondering exactly how far your money will go once you get here.

It can be a little tricky to work out the price comparisons between say the UK or South Africa and New Zealand when you take into account varying salary levels and fluctuating currency conversions.

Salaries in New Zealand vary depending on industry, but may be anywhere from the same level as you’re used to to around a third less. Although New Zealand isn’t particularly well known for high salaries some people in high demand professions may find that they are better paid in New Zealand.

NZ property prices vary a great deal depending on whether you’re looking at living in a city or a rural community, plus there’s a price differential between the North and South Islands.

Property in New Zealand’s North Island tends to be more expensive and you could expect to pay a minimum of $400k for a three-bedroom house. The same amount would probably get you a four-bedroom house in the South Island.

Visit www.workingin-newzealand.com to find out more about the cost of living in New Zealand including vehicle costs, phone and internet, healthcare in NZ, and how much you can expect to pay for fresh produce, eating out or a night at the movies.

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More Accolades for NZ in Top Country Listing

New Zealand has found itself at the top of a variety of categories in a recent survey conducted to find the most popular country in the world.

Futurebrand’s Country Brand Index (CBI) 2008 interviewed 2700 people from around the globe to determine the top country in around 30 different categories and New Zealand topped the ‘natural beauty’, ‘authenticity’, ‘desire to visit/visit again’ and ‘friendly locals’ categories.

Rina Plapler, from CBI, said, “New Zealand appears dedicated to maintaining its true and unique essence – highlighting nature, culture and its people… High mountain country, remote beaches, endless green bushlands, lakes of rare beauty and sparkling clear rivers – New Zealand’s scenery is diverse and breathtaking.”

New Zealand also took second place as the country most people would like to live in if they were to emigrate from their homeland. Australia came in at the top.

It seems it’s all happening Down Under. Got you thinking? Visit www.workingin-newzealand.com to access masses of information on how to make the move, find a job and settle in. It’s all there. Now’s good!

Latest Lonely Planet Edition Has Fun in NZ

The latest edition of Lonely Planet’s Guide to New Zealand has taken another good look at the country’s quirkier and quaint highlights – poking fun at some of the nation’s iconic features and acknowledging its larger centres as cultural hubs.

The guide, which sells 6,000,000 copies of its 500 titles annually is a staple for many new arrivals to New Zealand, some dubbing it the ‘bible’.

In this latest edition, travellers are encouraged to “rock into Wellington” to experience its “red-hot arts scene” and Dunedin‘s live music, cafe and restaurant scenes is given a significant plug.  Visitors to Auckland are advised, “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful” and Christchurch‘s conservative image is said to be gaining a “cosmopolitan tinge”. 

The contributors were less kind about Cromwell’s ‘big fruit’, affectionately observing that there is a “spectacularly ugly giant fruit salad” at the entrance to the town.

There is a lot going on in New Zealand.  There is a lot to see and a lot to do.  Don’t take Lonely Planet’s word for it though, come and check it out for yourself.  Check out www.workingin-newzealand.com to see how you might be able to use your skills to gain yourself a new life in New Zealand.

New Zealand’s Business Leader Crisis

Management consultancy firm, the Swann Group, who recently undertook a report entitled “The future, our leaders: An emerging chasm in the New Zealander leadership market”, has revealed that the country is facing a demographic hole in its numbers of business leaders aged between 35 and 50.  They estimate that New Zealand will need around 40,000 people with strong leadership qualities to take over the most important business roles and that recruitment from overseas is going to become increasingly important.  However they warn that migrant recruitment may not be enough to solve the problem.

New Zealand increasingly needs skilled migrants to fill important business roles.  Check out our ‘immediate skill shortage list’ to see whether you might gain additional points when applying for a Skilled Migrant Visa for New Zealand. 

Skilled Workers Pay Packets On the Rise

New Zealand’s National Wage and Salary survey has revealed that pay rates for skilled workers is rising over twice as fast as for the semi-skilled or unskilled. The average wage increased by 4.5% in the year to August 2007.  However, the increase for unskilled workers was only 2.4%, whereas administrators and management pay packets increased by a massive 6.6%.

The survey reported that the biggest winners in the pay stakes this year were: skilled shop salespeople (up an average 9.9 per cent; managing directors with 50 to 199 staff (up 9.5 per cent); registered electricians (up 9.2 per cent); registered nurses (up 9.1 per cent); and diesel motor mechanics (up 8.4 per cent).

New Zealand needs skilled workers to fill labour gaps.  Check out the Immediate Skills Shortage list at www.workingin-newzealand.com to see whether you can applyfor a skilled migrant visa for New Zealand and reap the benefits that this incredible country has to offer you.

New Zealand’s Man Drought

It is estimated that there are approximately 10% less men than women at age 35 in New Zealand.  This is mainly due to the fact that men stay overseas longer than women before returning to settle in ‘Gods Own’.  This man drought is contributing to skills shortages that are pushing the New Zealand government, as well as businesses, to look overseas for recruitment, particularly as this 35+ age group are coming into the peak earning and tax-paying period of their lives. 

It also means that there are more women than men looking for life partners!  Which in turn means that if you are male, single, aged around 35, highly skilled and looking to migrate, New Zealand and her women will be VERY happy to see you!  Come on boys!! New life, new woman, new job, what more do you want?