The overall demand for lift technicians is average.
Lift technician is a small occupation but they are in high demand due to:
- a building boom in commercial buildings and apartments
- a shortage of people with the required skills and qualifications
- lack of specific training for lift technicians
- a general shortage of electricians.
Most lift technicians work in the major cities, where there are more high buildings with lifts.
If you are unqualified, the best way to get a job as a lift technician is to approach a lift company and say you are interested in being taken on as an apprentice.
According to the Census, 240 lift technicians worked in New Zealand in 2018.
International companies the biggest employers of lift technicians
Most lift technicians work for large international companies or for smaller local lift manufacturing and installation companies. Skifields also employ lift technicians.
About 15% of lift technicians are self-employed.