Helping Kiwi Civil Engineering Expats to Forge Better Lives Back Home

Posted by Matt Newman-Hall on 3 October 2017 Comments


Compared with the rest of the world, New Zealand’s Civil Engineering space is looking incredibly strong. Whilst the Trump Administration’s environmental policy is threatening jobs across the US, particularly those in Environment Science and Engineering, and Brexit is casting serious doubts on how the UK’s Engineering and Construction sectors will favour come March 2019, we currently have some of the most exciting and complex development and resilience programmes underway. This creates a very exciting proposition for expat Civil Engineers who are living in the UK and North America and want to return home. (If you’re not a New Zealand expat but would still like to find out how we can help you find a better life down under, read my colleague’s blog here.)

To meet the demand of the development and building boom here in New Zealand, we need more Civil Engineers and right now. I already have several fantastic opportunities for those specialising in Water, Environmental, Civil & Structural disciplines. If you’re considering returning to home to New Zealand and would like to know what opportunities exist to help you grow your career and provide the best possible life for you and your family, read on.

Growing Your Career Back Home

I’m very lucky to have my ear close to the ground when it comes to New Zealand’s future. As a Wellington Committee member for the Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ), I  organise professional development for career professionals. My involvement with CDANZ has provided me with insight into what New Zealand’s industries will look like in the next ten to 20 years, and how professionals can prepare themselves to make the most of their futures and these projects.

One of these large-scale projects is Wellington Water’s development and resilience programme. A project which is part of a 50-year plan to help protect Wellington’s infrastructure in the event of a 7.5 or above earthquake. If an earthquake was to strike the region, there is a very real possibility that Wellington’s water supply could be severely damaged and in some regions, take up to 100 days before full water supply services would be completely restored. This exciting project seeks to upgrade Wellington’s water infrastructure to be self-managing in the event of a natural disaster and reduce any potential economic risk to the region.

Due to the scope of these projects and the direct correlation between job satisfaction and career development, many of our clients are placing more focus on providing career development opportunities to their staff. Technical skills will always be key in an industry like Engineering but businesses also need people with soft skills, such as relationship and stakeholder management, and the flexibility to change hats from a Project Manager to a mentor, industry liaison or trainer. Our clients are getting involved with local councils, schools and training institutes so that they can help develop people within and inspire people into the industry. They understand that career development doesn’t finish after training or an apprenticeship, but that their employees need to be constantly learning.

Providing a Better Life for You and Your Family

We’re immensely proud of the great quality of life we have here in New Zealand and part of achieving that is through ensuring that work isn’t everything all the time. New Zealand employers are recognising that people want to provide better lives for their families, but can’t do that if they’re stuck at work. They’re also recognising that we no longer need to be in the same office at the same time to deliver the same goals. Businesses are forward planning for how the workforce is changing by providing opportunities that give people a better balance between work and life. For example, a few of my clients have offered things like a paid week’s leave for celebrating marriages or the birth of a child, or five to six weeks holiday allowance without sacrificing salary. In another example, businesses are open to contracts where you would work longer one or two days every fortnight and then get a Friday or Monday off to extend your weekend. Keep in mind that negotiating these arrangements is always easier if you’re on your way in. It’s a lot harder to ask for an extra week’s leave if you’ve already been at the company for two years.


With all of the infrastructure developments and projects currently under way in New Zealand, the sector is brimming with opportunities for people looking to take their careers to the next level and achieve a work/life balance rarely found anywhere else in the world. Whether you work in Civil Engineering or Construction, we have fantastic projects across the country waiting for you. To find out how RobLawMax Recruitment can help you come home and forge a better career and life for yourself, get in touch with me today.

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