Skilled staff still sought for rebuild

Last updated 05:00 15/02/2014

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Christchurch is crying out for truck drivers, welders and metal fabricators as the rebuild of the city moves into its construction phase.

The job categories have been added to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Canterbury skills shortage list, which names jobs in demand and crucial to the region's rebuild effort.

Urban and regional planners have been removed from the list.

The bulk of the skilled jobs listed are construction-based, such as project managers, quantity surveyors, civil engineers, building inspectors, and the building trades.

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) said the change in job skills in demand reflected the rebuild effort entering a new phase.

"Canterbury's rebuild has entered a stage of tangible construction progress now that a substantial amount of planning has been completed," Cera spokeswoman Monique Devereux said.

The ministry has also changed the qualification criteria to grant working visas for migrants to reflect global qualifications, but it said the list reflected genuine shortages and New Zealanders were not disadvantaged in seeking work or training.

Under special Canterbury labour market regulations, migrant workers who meet the skilled shortage list qualification criteria and have a job offer can get a temporary work visa and avoid other immigration red-tape.

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