Leading Hand

How to Enter

To secure a job as a Leading Hand on a Civil Construction site, New Zealand employers will expect you to be a qualified Tradesperson with a relevant diploma, such as a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering. You can further improve your employability by specialising in Civil Engineering and having previous experience working on site and managing others.


Typical Responsibilities

The typical job responsibilities of a Leading Hand can include the following:

  • Supervising and training Labourers
  • Supervising contractors and sub-contractors
  • Overseeing the operation of plant vehicles and construction materials
  • Deciding work schedules and setting priority
  • Monitoring Health & Safety, quality assurance and environmental plans



Successful Lead Hands can often find themselves in line for senior Supervisory or management positions. Alternatively, they can also train and obtain a Bachelor degree to become a fully qualified Engineer, Quantity Surveyor or Planner.


Salary Range

38K – 50K per annum (NZD)


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Physical Address:
Level 4, Aviation House
12 Johnston Street
Wellington 6011
New Zealand

Postal Address:
PO Box 5555,
Wellington 6140

Tel: +64 4 499 8800
Fax: +64 4 499 0955




Physical Address:
Level 1, Altrans House,
104 Quay Street
Auckland 1010
New Zealand
Tel: +64 9 951 5011 


Physical Address:
50A Ossian Street
Napier 4110
New Zealand
Tel: 0800 868 436


Brisbane, Australia

Physical Address:
477 Boundary Street
QLD 4000
Tel: +61 7 3085 7427