Caretaker vacancies are rare because turnover is low. The number of caretaker jobs advertised has fallen in recent years.
Many caretaker roles are filled by older workers who stay in the job until or past retirement age. There is strong competition for positions among older tradespeople looking for a less physical job.
According to the Census, 3,966 caretakers worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Having trade skills improves your chances of getting a job
Employers of caretakers often look for people who have:
- experience in a trade such as building, plumbing, landscaping or electrical work
- a wide range of renovation and repair skills.
Knowing how to maintain boilers or swimming pools may also be useful.
Types of employers varied
Caretakers may work for:
- universities and polytechnics
- motels, hotels and holiday camps
- retirement villages
- city councils and government agencies
- apartment complexes.