Demand for locksmiths steady
There is a steady demand for locksmiths doing traditional work, such as helping people who are locked out of houses or vehicles and creating and fitting metal keys and locks.
There is also some demand for locksmiths to install electronic key systems, and remote control systems that integrate CCTV, alarms and door locks.
According to the Census, 534 locksmiths worked in New Zealand in 2018.
How to get a locksmith job
Your chances of securing a job are best if you approach a large locksmith company in person as they don't always have suitable applicants for vacancies.
If you are interested in training to work with safes, alarms or security systems this may help you to get a job.
Most locksmiths work for private businesses
Most locksmiths work for small businesses employing up to eight staff members, or for large national companies employing many locksmiths. Some locksmiths are employed by government in prisons.