Christchurch – a city of opportunity

chch-cdc-article 300The opportunities for job seekers in Christchurch are greater than ever. With the $40 billion rebuild well underway, it’s no surprise that things are looking good for the construction sector, but there’s much more to the city than new buildings. While the entrepreneurial approach to designing an innovative city has attracted international attention, Canterbury Development Corporation (CDC) estimates that at its peak, the rebuild will make up only 10-15% of the economy, meaning there is a lot happening in Christchurch other than just construction.

CDC analysis shows that the underlying (non-rebuild) economy is growing at a healthy pace, with sectors including technology, manufacturing, healthcare, retail and accommodation all experiencing strong growth. This, combined with the Christchurch business start-up rate, which sits two percentage points above the national average, means Christchurch is home to a thriving, energetic and entrepreneurial business community. It is this underlying economy which will see Christchurch continue to flourish once the rebuild is complete.

With all the buzz surrounding the city’s revitalisation, many businesses are looking for talented and creative people from all over the world to join them. With an unemployment rate of just 3.3% in the September 2014 quarter, there are plenty of employment opportunities.

People looking to relocate to Christchurch have quite a selection of jobs and workplaces to choose from. Specialist roles such as software developers, engineers, project managers, CNC programmers and production managers are all in high demand. High-tech companies such as Wynyard Group, SLI Systems, and ARANZ Medical are all expanding their teams, with many more technology and manufacturing companies following suit.

It’s not only the employment opportunities that are attracting attention. Global interest fell on Christchurch as Lonely Planet listed it as one of the Top 10 Cities to Visit in 2013 and it ranked second on the New York Times’ 52 Places To Go in 2014. Christchurch, with the mountains and coast on its doorstep provides residents and tourists alike with a wealth of activities  – you can ski, bungy jump, hike, mountain bike, raft, surf, swim, golf, see whales, dolphins and seals, visit wineries and shop all within two hours of the city.

Christchurch is set to become a modern, world-class city running on creativity and innovation, all nestled within New Zealand’s stunning natural playground in the South Island.  If you’re after a truly unique opportunity to be part of something big, take a closer look at Christchurch.

To learn more about living and working in Christchurch and the types of opportunities within the technology and manufacturing sectors, visit the CDC website.For current job opportunities and employers, visit Workhere New Zealand.