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This page contains information about finding employment in Dunedin.

Where can I find a job?

Jobs can be found online at:

  • Otago Daily Times in the Wednesday and Saturday editions
  • Recruitment agencies in Dunedin
  • Online job sites

How can I register as a job-seeker?

You can register as a job seeker with Work and Income, the Government department responsible for helping people find employment (phone 0800 559 009).

Work and Income also offers help for those people unable to find a job  or unable to work; help for those newly employed or in a low-paying job, and assistance for working families.

You can also register with Dunedin's recruitment agencies and there is a variety of job sites which allow you to register and be sent appropriate jobs for your skill set.

What will I need to get work?

The following are highly desirable or necessary to get a job in Dunedin:

  • Excellent English language skills (both written and oral). English language courses for permanent residents are offered at the School of Languages at Otago Polytechnic. Financial assistance is available for job seekers and refugees. The ESOL Home Tutor Service is also available through the Polytechnic.
  • Get your qualifications approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. There are also private language schools in Dunedin offering individual tuition.
  • You must have positive, accurate references from your former employer.
  • You must have a valid work permit or residence permit, although in some situations, some employers will arrange such matters in order for you to work for them. For more information on obtaining a work permit, visit The New Zealand Immigration website.

Can I get help putting together a curriculum vitae?

Work and Income offers an overview of how to put together a curriculum vitae (CV). The information is available in PDF format and you can download it from Work and Income website.

You may also be eligible for assistance from Careers NZ, the Government's careers advisory service, which can assist you to determine the best job for your skills, among other services.

What are my employment rights?

  • Your employer is required to provide you with a written employment contract, either for you alone, or as part of a collective work agreement with fellow staff.
  • The contract will cover conditions such as holiday and sick leave, hours of work and wages.
  • You are entitled to have your contract reviewed by a lawyer or union representative and this is recommended. You are entitled to negotiate the terms of that agreement; for example the amount of salary or annual leave.
  • Union membership is optional in New Zealand.

You may wish to consult a lawyer before signing a contract with your new employer, and you have that right. You also have the right to negotiate your terms of employment.

What are my employer's rights and responsibilities?

Information on a wide range of legal matters relating to you and your employer can be found at Department of Labour - Employment Relations website.

How will I pay tax?

Most people pay their taxes as they earn their income. Employers deduct tax on salary and wages. Banks and other financial institutions deduct tax on interest as it is derived.

People who do not pay tax on all of their income as it is earned are required to file tax returns at the end of the tax year (31 March) to work out their tax liability.

Inland Revenue – widely referred to as the IRD - is the Government department that collects taxes. The New Zealand tax year is from 1 April to 31 March. In most cases Inland Revenue will send you all the material you need to file tax returns and make payment. For more information on paying tax in New Zealand, visit The Immigration New Zealand website.

What are the main industries in Dunedin?

The main industry sectors contributing to Dunedin's GDP are property services, education, business services, health services and food manufacturing. Communication, Government administration and tourism all contribute over $100 million each to the City's overall GDP.

These are Dunedin's main employers (which employ more than 2000 people):

  • University of Otago
  • Otago District Health Board
  • Dunedin City Council

Where does Dunedin have skill shortages?

As elsewhere, Dunedin does have skills shortages in its economy. Those sectors experiencing the most difficulty include apparel/fashion, general trades and engineering.

Can I get help with job search and interview skills?

There are several organisations that can assist you. For free seminars on job search and interview skills, enquiries can be made to Careers NZ.

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