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Kaiwhakapaipai Uhinga Waka
This job is sometimes referred to as:
- Furniture Upholsterer
Upholsterers make, install and attach the springs, padding, linings and covers of furniture.
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What are the chances of getting a job?
It can be difficult to get into this job as there are few positions available for upholstery apprentices. This is because:
- more furniture is imported, so fewer apprentices are needed
- furniture manufacturers only take on new apprentices when the business expands or an upholsterer leaves
Experienced upholsterers are in demand
However, qualified and experienced upholsterers are in demand. Following the Canterbury 2010 and 2011 earthquakes and the Christchurch rebuild, the job of upholster is on Immigration New Zealand's immediate skill shortage list, and on Immigration New Zealand's Canterbury skill shortage list, which means the Government is actively encouraging skilled furniture upholsterers from overseas to work in New Zealand.
Types of employers
Upholsterers work for:
- large furniture manufacturing plants
- small specialist furniture restoration businesses.
Many upholsterers run their own businesses or work as sole traders from home. Some do contract work for interior design firms. They may also offer restoration and repair work.
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Progression and specialisations
Upholsterers may progress to run their own businesses.
How many people are doing this job?
Updated 11 Dec 2014