New Zealand - Civil Engineering and Quantity Surveying


Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List.

Here is a list of occupations in the construction and infrastructure skill shortage list.

Working as a Civil Engineer in New Zealand

International students who have completed Civil Engineering in India can start with a Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Structures) (Level 7). For engineering professionals, it provides an in- depth programme to expand their knowledge, upgrade their skills and support career growth. Specializations are also available in building services and water and waste.

Mechanical engineering international students and professionals can also consider Graduate Diploma in Engineering Technology (Level 7). The Graduate Diploma in Engineering Structures and the Graduate Diploma in Engineering Technology are one year full time programmes.

Career options:

  • Design engineer
  • Project planner
  • Project and construction manager
  • Site engineer

Engineering in New Zealand:

Pay for Graduate Civil Engineers in New Zealand usually varies between 60,000-70,000 NZD per year. Experienced Civil Engineerings pay varies between 75,000-100,000 NZD whereas Civil Engineers in senior or management roles can earn between $100,000-$150,000.
Ref to Careers NZ website

Demand: Civil, Structural and Electrical engineers are in the long term skill shortage list and construction and infrastructure shortage list.


Registration: Engineering NZ is the professional body in New Zealand for Engineers and professionals with 5-8 years of experience can apply to become a chartered professional engineer with the organisation. Watch video here:

Working as a Quantity Surveyor in New Zealand

International students can enroll in New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Level 6) Quantity Surveying. Read about our student experience. It is a 2 year full time study programme to gain in depth knowledge about the following aspects:

  • Building industry in New Zealand
  • Site feasibility assessment
  • Environmental impact of buildings
  • Cost estimation
  • Tendering
  • Principles
  • Materials and structure

Career options:

  • Quantity surveyor
  • Construction quantity surveyor
  • Subcontractor quantity surveyor
  • Compliance officer
  • Contract administrator
  • Estimator

Quantity Surveying in New Zealand:

As per Hays 2017 survey, Entry-level quantity surveyors usually earn between 50,000-85,000 NZD per year and experienced quantity surveyors usually earn 90,000-150,000 NZD per year.

Demand: Quantity Surveying skills have a good demand in New Zealand. Many students get part time work in the industry in their second year. Chances of getting a job as a quantity surveyor are good due to a shortage of workers. Quantity Surveyors are in the long term skill shortage list (

Registration: This qualification meets the academic requirements of the New Zealand Institute of Building and provides entry as an affiliate member to the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors. Membership to NZIQS is free while you are a full time student.

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