Foreman at work

1. Entry-level jobs are available right now

If you’re keen, reliable and ready to work there are jobs with no experience required waiting for you – right now.

Auckland needs 32,000 new construction and infrastructure workers over the next 2-3 years – and that’s on top of new workers needed to replace older people retiring and leaving the industry, especially in areas such as engineering and building.

Getting to work

If you’ve got your driver’s licence, great, but if not, there are options. Some projects you’ll be able to get public transport to, you might be able to join a carpool group, plus some employers run minivan services to make sure their teams can get to work.

Find out more about jobs in the industry here

2. You’ll be building your career

There are lots of ways to get started in construction and infrastructure and once you start there are great career opportunities.


Get into an apprenticeship, where you’ll earn between $15-19 dollars an hour (while training), or if you’re a graduate interested in project management or health and safety, you’ll start out earning about $20-24 dollars an hour. As you develop your skills and experience, doors will open into new roles and better money.   

3. Learn more, earn more

You’ll typically spend between 3-10 years with your company – which means there are heaps of opportunities for learning and development, plus more money and benefits as you go.


  • 7 out of 10 people in entry level positions get a mobile phone
  • Over three quarters of managers get a vehicle with their job
  • Annual bonuses, health care and pension contributions are also on offer with some employers.

See salary guide

NZIOB Hays Salary Guide 2016

4. You won’t get bored

Virtual reality to travel through buildings, robots making windows, self-driving machinery – it’s not the future, it’s happening every day in Auckland’s construction and infrastructure businesses. Whether you’re on site or in an office, technology is moving fast, so if it’s your thing, bring your digital know-how and show your team how it’s done.


5. Build your future city

In this industry, not only can you see what you’ve created, you’ll be part of shaping the Auckland of the future.


Auckland’s population is growing. We need 400,000 new homes, and more roads, bridges and tunnels for the 825 new cars that join the roads every week. You could be on the team that's building Auckland’s second Waitemata Harbour crossing tunnels, or helping grow and improve suburbs such as Tāmaki, Onehunga and Whangaparoa.

Tāmaki regeneration

  • More than 7,500 new homes
  • 2,800 homes for people with low incomes or with particular needs
  • Includes new early childhood centres, schools, parks and community spaces


Waitematā Harbour Crossing

  • The crossing will take about 10 years to build
  • Estimated cost $100 million+
  • 2-4 vehicle tunnels, with the potential for rapid transit public transport in the future


Apply for entry level jobs here