Jobs in skill shortage

Find out what jobs are currently on Immigration New Zealand's long term, immediate and Canterbury skill shortage lists, within the following industries.

Jobs in Construction and Infrastructure

Architectural and Technical Design

Surveyors map the Earth's surface, including sea, river and lake beds. They determine boundaries, locations, topographic features and man-made structures.

Survey technicians measure and study land under the direction of a land surveyor or engineer.


Bricklayers lay bricks, concrete blocks and tiles to construct or repair buildings, walls, arches, chimneys or paved areas.

Building contractors run their own businesses and plan, supervise and work on the construction and alteration of buildings.

Building and construction managers plan, control and co-ordinate civil engineering or building projects, and the resources and people involved.

Building surveyors inspect plans and building constructions to see if buildings are, or will be, built correctly. They may also issue certificates, write reports and help owners and potential buyers with construction problems and solutions.

Carpenters work mainly with wood to repair or install foundations, walls, roofs, windows and doors in buildings.

Electricians install, maintain and repair electrical systems and equipment.

Floor and wall tilers lay tiles on internal and external walls and floors.

Floor covering installers lay, replace and repair floor coverings such as carpet, linoleum, vinyl and timber.

Glaziers install or replace glass or mirrors in buildings, vehicles or boats and may create decorative glass features.

Joiners use timber and board products to make fittings such as cabinets, doors, window frames and stairs. 

Quantity surveyors manage finances for construction projects. They calculate budgets based on clients' requirements, and prepare detailed estimates to ensure budgets are sufficient for each stage of construction.

Plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers assemble, install and repair pipes, drains and fixtures and fittings that supply water and gas or remove waste.

Plasterers apply plaster or other materials to buildings. They usually specialise in either interior or exterior plastering.

Roofers repair or install roofs using materials such as roofing iron, tiles and shingles.

Scaffolders design, construct and remove scaffolding around buildings and other structures such as bridges. 

Stonemasons work with stone to construct or renovate buildings, fittings, walls and paving, or to create monuments in cemeteries. 


Geospatial specialists gather, combine, analyse and use geographic and spatial (location-based) information. They present this information in user-friendly formats such as maps and 3D models, and may also develop geospatial software.