Work in Wellington

With endless career possibilities and a focus on work/life balance, you’ll wake up excited to work in Wellington

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The opportunities are endless. From the creatively inclined, to future culinary leaders, tech enthusiasts, film makers, game developers, beer barons, academics and social entrepreneurs, whatever your calling, you can find it in Wellington.

And it doesn’t have to mean spending 40 hours a week behind a desk. Flexible hours, state-of-the-art offices and social work cultures mean going to work becomes less of a chore and more of a fun way to spend your day.

Opportunity knocks

Career opportunities are in abundance in a city that prides itself on trying something new. Wellington offers thousands of exciting possibilities regardless of your background, with career pathways, internships and graduate programmes to help you propel your career.

We have many thriving sectors - we are home to New Zealand's Government which makes up 17 percent of our workforce, we have world-class education institutes, we make Hollywood blockbuster films, we have a flourishing information and technology industry, we have innovative start-ups alongside established brands and local entrepreneurs.

Wellington truly is a place where start-up companies thrive, wild ideas are encouraged, and never-been-done-before business ideas can get off the ground.

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The nuts and bolts of our economy

Like most cities with growing economies, Wellington has a range of job opportunities with high priority areas being ICT, engineering, business and finance, health and construction. View current jobs available in Wellington.

About 81 percent of people in Wellington have a formal qualification, and 33 percent hold a tertiary qualification or equivalent - compared with 25 percent of New Zealand as a whole (Statistics New Zealand, 2018).

The average Wellington household incomes sits at NZD$124,127, with the mean individual annual earnings at NZD$71,150. The creative thinking of our business leaders complemented by the talented people they recruit means Wellington boasts New Zealand's most educated and highest paid workforce.

World-class industries

Wellington may be small but there’s a lot going on. New Zealand’s Government and most major national government offices are based here, giving businesses access to our top policy and decision-makers.

We're also home to some of the most exciting globally-renown companies in the world, a hub for digital and technology start-ups, established, industry-leading businesses and everything in between.

Wellington has quickly become known as the country’s high-tech capital. We’re also at the forefront of ground-breaking research and development with many of New Zealand’s key national research institutes basing themselves in the region.

And our thriving film and gaming scene has produced some of New Zealand’s best-known actors, performers, film and gaming industry professionals.

We may sit at the edge of the world, but Wellington is a place where start-up companies can flourish, individuals can tap into opportunities, and companies can compete on the world stage.

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Innovative capital

Fuelled by a creative energy that makes life interesting, Wellington is so full of world leaders and game changers that we’re considered New Zealand’s Creative Capital.

We have a thriving arts and culture scene, support and encourage creativity across all industries, and are known for our creative approach to getting things done. We're a place that allows big aspirations and career goals to come to life alongside thriving ideas and new ways of thinking.

Boosted by funders and incubators like Creative HQ and Callaghan Innovation, Wellington is a region that builds up creative thinkers and is dying to see their next wild idea. It’s no wonder thousands of world-class entrepreneurs, collaborators, thought-leaders, artists, performers and creators of all types have made a niche for themselves here.

We’re also home to a sector that boasts high levels of innovation and research and development, and let’s not forget our high-value design-led manufacturing industry.

To see if we need your skills in New Zealand, check out our skills shortage list. It means if you're offered a job that's on one of the lists, and you've got the qualifications and experience to match, getting a work or residence visa may be easier.