'Explosive demand' from NZ for Scottish  construction skills

'Explosive demand' from NZ for Scottish construction skills

Recruitment drive as country needs another 30,000 workers to start a new life from 2019.

Scottish construction skills are in demand – in New Zealand.

According to Civil Contractors New Zealand, it is estimated that New Zealand’s construction industry will need another 30,000 workers from 2019, and this phase is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

Among them could be more than 300 Scots set for a new life “down under”, as recruitment consultancy Primestaff begins a recruitment drive on behalf of one of New Zealand’s leading civil engineering firms.

What has been described as an “explosive demand” for construction workers has created an opportunity for 300 permanent jobs in the country across 2017/18 – and that’s just the beginning.

Primestaff’s construction director Michael Docherty said: “We are looking for quality construction workers in Scotland for a unique, life-changing, opportunity in New Zealand. This is just the start.  It’s clear that the demand doesn’t end here, it’s a very interesting time for the construction sector. Our client has described the demand as explosive and that’s why he’s called on us to fill these positions with candidates who are ready to take on a new challenge. “

The employer and Primestaff are working closely with a NZ licenced immigration adviser to assist successful applicants with all aspects of the visa process without cost to applicants.

 Among the roles Primestaff is looking to fill are truck drivers, diggers and operators specialising in milling, rolling, grading, asphalt, heavy machinery and water. To find out more about the opportunity, phone 0141 248 4711 or register your interest via email at technical@primestaff.co.uk.

 Primestaff has doubled its turnover in just over five years and recently acquired Direct Workforce, a subsidiary of Bibby Line Group and targets rapid expansion in Edinburgh. The deal for the business based mainly in the north of England, will see joint turnover exceed £20m. The group, which recently moved to new premises in both Glasgow and Edinburgh, now provides almost 1,500 temporary staff to 300 clients.