New Zealand Looks To Bridge Talent Gap
“New Zealand may be experiencing economic growth fuelled by both emerging home-grown innovations and FDI that represented 38% of that nation’s GDP in 2016 and totalled NZ$101bn ($72bn) in FDI stock in 2017, but the country is also facing an ongoing skilled workforce shortage,” writes Karen Thuermer in an article for fDi Intelligence.
“Filing these skill gaps is vital to further growing our economy, supporting our booming population and fostering a great business environment,” said Greg Forsythe, national manager for marketing, settlement protection and attraction at Immigration New Zealand.
“Skilled professionals are particularly needed within the engineering and construction sectors for the slate of projects that total NZ$125bn over the next decade.”
“In response, Immigration New Zealand has unveiled NZ Now, the country’s first dedicated effort to attract specifically American talent in the construction and engineering, healthcare and technology professions.”
“Officials see the US, which has a skilled workforce 64 times the size of New Zealand’s, as an ideal country from which to recruit.”
“The country is also targeting investors with a unique investor migration programme that helps investors settle into the nation’s lifestyle and connect more rapidly into the local investment community.”
Article Source: fDi Intelligence, Karen Thuermer, April 24, 2018
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