New Zealand – Employment

Following their New Zealand studies, students of “The New World Class” are paving successful career paths around the world. Their New Zealand qualifications are providing the skill-sets requirer for career development- a foundation created by the “perfect growing conditions” provided in a New Zealand education.

International Success

From undergraduate students looking for world quality programmes that will give them the “edge” in the world job market, to post-graduate students choosing a New Zealand English-speaking education to progress in their chosen field, our international students are building a global reputation.

Career Opportunities within New Zealand

Some of our international students, upon completion of their New Zealand qualification, have built great careers within New Zealand itself. You can view “The New World Class” section of for international alumni’s stories.

Qualifications to Ensure Students are “Work-Ready”

New Zealand qualifications are world-class. They are modern, desirable and practical – particularly in terms of the modern work place. Many of our international students have this in mind when they begin their New Zealand education. Working in New Zealand after Graduation

For students and graduates interested in the career opportunities New Zealand offers, you can refer to for information on work permits, New Zealand residency, etc.

If you are studying a three-year course, you are allowed to work during the summer holidays and up to 15 hours per week during the academic year. You will need a ”variation of conditions” to your student permit. This is issued by the New Zealand Immigration Service. A fee may be charged.

These rules do not apply if you are a postgraduate student or need to get work experience in order to fulfil course requirements.


Everybody who works in New Zealand must pay tax on what they earn.

Labour Legislation

Strict legislation spells out your responsibilities and those of your employer. Employers must not take advantage of or mistreat employees. There is a minimum adult wage, and regulations for holiday pay and health and safety in the workplace. There is no disparity of sexes. Men and women receive equal pay for doing the same job.

Job Hunting

Student Job Search is a national organisation that helps students find work. It has offices on tertiary institution campuses. For student jobs, such as working in a restaurant or bar, or doing manual labour, you could expect to earn about NZ$9 – $15 per hour before tax.