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Overseas workers needed for Christchurch rebuild

Overseas workers needed for Christchurch rebuild

New Zealand is calling for more skilled workers to relocate to the country, where huge numbers of employees are needed to start work on the rebuilding of the city of Christchurch, decimated by an earthquake in February 2011.

While much work has already taken place to reconstruct the city, the New Zealand government has pledged a two-phase project that will contribute majorly to the infrastructure of the area. The first phase is a five-year project which will focus on making ground conditions as stable as possible, followed by a four-year rebuild of the city's buildings, with earthquake proofing measures introduced as part of the construction process.

The two phases of building will create thousands of jobs, offering many opportunities for overseas workers with necessary skills, according to the country's government. Over 1,000 workers are to be hired before the end of the year, with quantity surveyors, project managers, engineers, painters, carpenters and plasterers all in high demand.

Immigration New Zealand said that suitable applicants who meet the requirements of these occupations listed and who have a valid job offer in Christchurch may be granted a temporary work visa without a labour market test needing to be conducted with Work and Income New Zealand. Visit the organisation's website for more information.

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