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This job is sometimes referred to as:
- Scaffolding Rigger
Scaffolders put up and take down scaffolding for building, painting, repairing, seating and industrial purposes.
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What are the chances of getting a job?
Opportunities for scaffolders are good due to:
- a strong residential building sector - the value of consents issued in 2013 was 28% up on the previous year
- a stable commercial (non-residential) building sector - year on year consents increased 7%.
- too few people achieving qualifications, especially at the advanced level.
The building and construction industry is expected to continue to strengthen in 2014. Much of this work will be in Auckland and Christchurch. However, work is also picking up in other regions, such as Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, and Nelson.
In some regions the building and construction industry is performing less well and opportunities for scaffolders may be harder to come by.
Opportunities best for qualified scaffolders
Although demand is improving for all scaffolders, it is particularly good for people who hold a scaffolding certificate, particularly at an advanced level. As a result, advanced scaffolder appears on Immigration New Zealand's immediate skill shortage list. This means the Government is actively encouraging highly skilled scaffolders to come to New Zealand who:
- hold a National Certificate in Scaffolding (Level 4) with strands in advanced scaffolding, or an equivalent qualification
- have completed at least five years' work experience since obtaining this level.
Having a heavy vehicle licence will also improve your chances of getting a job.
Scaffolders needed to rebuild after Canterbury earthquakes
Construction in Canterbury picked up significantly in 2013 and further growth is expected in 2014.
High demand for their skills has seen scaffolder included on Immigration New Zealand's Canterbury Skill Shortage List, which highlights occupations expected to be in shortage during the rebuild of the region.
Need for scaffolders on offshore oil and gas platforms
Scaffolders are also in good demand to work on offshore oil and gas platforms, such as those that exploit Taranaki's Maui gas field.
Scaffolders mainly work for private companies
Most scaffolders work for private scaffolding companies. These range from businesses with just a few workers to nationwide companies that employ hundreds of staff.
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Progression and specialisations
Scaffolders usually start in a general scaffolding role and later move into a supervisory role. They may progress to start their own businesses.
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Updated 7 May 2014