My Dunedin Itinerary

Jobs & career opportunities

Dunedin's supportive environment, culture of innovation and creativity, and an unparalleled lifestyle provide a host of possibilities for career development and success.

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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 each employ more than 2000 people):

Other large employers are the Dunedin City Council and Cadbury Confectionery Ltd

Situations Vacant

Dunedin's supportive environment, culture of innovation and creativity, and an unparalleled lifestyle provide a host of possibilities for career development and success. Looking for a job in Otago? Our website links to the more up to date job vacancies from Dunedin to Queenstown than any other website in New Zealand. Every job published in the Otago Daily Times print edition is uploaded to our website free of charge. Otago boasts a buoyant economy and wide range of employment opportunities.

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

Employment Searches

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 (click here).

Careers New Zealand can help you to determine the best job for your skills, among other services.

Can I get help with job search and interview skills?

For free seminars on job search and interview skills, enquiries can be made to Careers New Zealand.

Jobseeker's Manual

For additional information, the Dunedin Community Law Centre has put together the Jobseeker's Manual.
Read the Jobseeker's Manual (PDF)

Be Your Own Boss

If you have a nose for enterprise and a fatigue with corporate hierarchies, then Dunedin is for you.
When you understand the kind of vision that Dunedin’s founding fathers (and mothers) had for the City, it’s easy to see why Dunedin is a breeding ground for new business - Hallensteins, Fisher & Paykel, Nom*D and Carlson, NHNZ (Natural History New Zealand) and Taylormade Media Ltd. If you’d like to be your own boss – either running your own business or contracting to some seriously good Dunedin businesses – then get yourself to Dunedin.

If you are keen to move your existing business to Dunedin, or want to launch a new business here, there are many people and support networks that will help you out. Contact Enterprise Dunedin as a starting point – our staff are the experts in finding experts, linking businesses with the right people, support and funding – all with the ultimate goal of enhancing Dunedin’s economy.

Related Information

Additional Information for Those Moving to Dunedin From Overseas

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.

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.