Chances of getting a job as a navy sailor are good because the Navy:
- regularly recruits new sailors each year to replace those leaving
- has a shortage of skilled electronic technicians and ICT specialists
- needs to replace ageing workers due to retire in the next 10 years.
Although there is good demand for navy sailors, competition for some specialist roles can be high.
The New Zealand Navy is made up of around 2651 staff.
Diversity of staff important
The Navy is committed to diversity, and wants to increase the number of women and have more of a mix of cultures. Women typically make up about 22% of Navy staff.
Defence Force only employer
Navy sailors work for the New Zealand Defence Force in New Zealand and overseas.