Refrigeration/air-conditioning technicians are in demand because:
- not enough people are being trained to meet the demand for workers
- lower immigration due to COVID-19 is making it harder for employers to find workers.
According to the Census, 1,485 refrigeration/air-conditioning technicians worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Refrigeration/air-conditioning technician on skill shortage list
Refrigeration/air-conditioning technician appears on Immigration New Zealand's construction and infrastructure skill shortage list. This means the Government is actively encouraging skilled refrigeration/air-conditioning technicians from overseas to work in New Zealand.
Types of employers varied
Most refrigeration/air-conditioning technicians are self-employed, or work for private companies specialising in the sale, design, installation and maintenance of refrigeration and air-conditioning systems.