Business & finance jobs

Bring your skills to New Zealand and enjoy unique professional opportunities along with a lifestyle you just won¡¯t find anywhere else.

Imagine being able to apply and develop your skills in a globally competitive environment – then in half an hour or less, be chilling with friends in your back garden over a fine New Zealand wine.

That’s what you can look forward to when you bring your skills to New Zealand.

Great place to be in business

Over the past 30 years successive governments have transformed New Zealand to a free market, open economy that competes globally.

We’re now the second easiest place in the world to do business, according to the World Bank in 2018 (and first for ease of starting a business).

Forbes ranked us as the second best country for business in its report of December 2018.

New Zealand is second amongst OECD countries for the competitiveness of its taxes overall according to the Tax Foundation’s 2017 International Tax Competitiveness Index (ITCI).

Transparency International’s 2017 Corruption Perception Index ranks us the least corrupt country in the world.

The Heritage Foundation in 2017 ranked our economy the third freest in the Index of Economic Freedom.

International Tax Comptetiveness Index | Tax Foundation

2015 Index of Economic Freedom | Heritage Foundation

Ours is a highly de-regulated environment powered mainly by a highly efficient agriculture sector but also benefiting from a flourishing manufacturing sector, a thriving tourism industry, and a strong renewable energy resource base.

You can expect a busy work environment where you’ll be challenged, extended and expected to keep pace with global best practice.

Register your interest

Take the first step to a new life by registering with Immigration New Zealand. We’ll send you personalised emails about job opportunities in your profession, life in New Zealand and choosing the right visa.

It’s free and there’s no obligation.

Apply and expand your skills

As a free and open economy, New Zealand businesses have to compete with international standards.

They do tend to be smaller – but that has benefits. Flatter structures position you that much closer to the decision makers and give you a broader perspective. Smaller businesses also often mean you’re more likely to be given the opportunity to do things outside your specialty and expand your skill set.

Finance and insurance

Financial and insurance services are a large player in New Zealand’s economy - in the year ending March 2017, the sector contributed $13.4bn to GDP. There are 25 registered banks and numerous financial institutions established in New Zealand.

We also have one of the least regulated insurance markets in the world.

Business lunch overlooking Auckland Harbour

Business and finance skills needed

Immigration New Zealand has lists of skill shortages.

If you are offered a job which appears on one of these lists, and you have the qualifications and experience to match, getting a work visa will be easier. This is because the government has identified that employers need to recruit people from overseas to help meet demand for your skills.

Finance/business jobs on the lists as of late 2015 include accountant and procurement manager.

But if your job is not on a shortage list, don’t be disheartened. There are other work and resident visa options.

There may also be opportunities in the insurance area for workers such as insurance loss adjusters as the large numbers of claims lodged by people in Christchurch and Canterbury after the earthquakes there begins to be processed.

Skill shortage skill checker | Immigration New Zealand

Visa options

There are various types of visas that you may be eligible to apply for. Work visas are for a temporary stay in New Zealand, but some can lead to residence. Resident visas, such as the Skilled Migrant Category, allow you to stay indefinitely and enjoy more of our state-funded public services.

Visas to work

Get started

A good first step to find a job in your profession. At the same time you should register with the relevant professional body (eg. the Law Society, Institute of Chartered Accountants or the Institute of Financial advisers). 

Tips for success

Registration Authorities | Immigration New Zealand

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