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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.
Contact usCall us on 0800 222 733
What are the chances of getting a job?
Experienced upholsterers are in demand. The job appears on Immigration New Zealand's immediate skill shortage list, which means the Government is actively encouraging skilled furniture upholsterers from overseas to work in New Zealand.
The job has also been added to Immigration New Zealand's Canterbury skill shortage list, which highlights occupations in shortage that are needed during the rebuild of Canterbury following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.
According to estimates from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the number of upholsterers has increased slightly from 1,084 in 2010 to 1,111 in 2012.
Limited number of upholsterer apprenticeships available
It can be difficult to get into this job because there are few positions for upholstery apprentices. Furniture manufacturing stores employ just a few upholsterers and can take on new apprentices only when the business expands or an upholsterer leaves.
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.
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Updated 9 Jul 2014