New Zealand seeks top British construction talent

By Lucy Dixon
UK construction workers are in demand in New Zealand, according toinfrastructure, commercial engineering and building contractor Fletcher Construction...

UK construction workers are in demand in New Zealand, according to infrastructure, commercial engineering and building contractor Fletcher Construction. It is looking to recruit talented construction professionals from the UK to help deliver an some of the largest infrastructure projects in the country’s history.

The company is seeking a wide range of top British talent – engineers, project managers, surveyors, designers and builders – and is hosting an event in central London on 28 July to kick-start its recruitment drive.

While the Christchurch post-earthquake rebuild is well underway, Auckland is making up for a massive infrastructure deficit.

Fletcher Construction’s CEO Graham Darlow commented: “I have never seen so much construction activity of such a scale right across New Zealand in my 40 years’ working in the industry. In Auckland right now, we’re working on several major highway projects, an international convention centre and several large five star hotels.”

Graham Darlow, CEO Fletcher Construction – from on Vimeo.


Upcoming are a number of huge infrastructure projects, including Auckland’s city rail link, which combined with other large projects would constitute a 30-year pipeline of construction.

Darlow added: “We already employ many of New Zealand’s top construction talent but we need more. We might not be able to beat the salaries on offer in Dubai and elsewhere. But where we can compete is the lifestyle and quality of life available here in New Zealand.

“This is the best place in the world to raise a family. The schools and universities are world class, you can walk to a beach from just about anywhere. If outdoor pursuits – from skiing to mountain climbing to tramping – are your thing, then New Zealand will be your paradise.”

Registration for the Fletcher Construction recruitment event can be found at

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