New Zealand is looking to fill thousands of job vacancies in the construction sector, using skilled migrants from the UK.

Paul Arthur, director of migration experts, The Emigration Group said: “Industry experts in New Zealand are predicting that they will need more than 23,000 construction workers by mid to late 2013. New Zealand will look to fill many of these vacancies through migration from overseas.”

Thousands of homes and buildings were damaged in the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 and some 10,000 homes are expected to be built in the next four years, while work on the commercial sector rebuild could take up to 15 years. According to Arthur this has led to a huge surge in demand for construction workers from overseas.

For information on the opportunities for construction workers in New Zealand, The Emigration Group is holding two half-day seminars on Sunday 14 October at the Novotel in Worsley, Manchester. The seminars will cover the process of applying for residence visas, advice on finding a job and tips for a successful resettlement.