Shortage of telecommunications technicians in New Zealand
Demand for telecommunications technicians is strong due to:
- government investment to replace outdated emergency communications infrastructure
- government investment in high-speed broadband
- increased use of internet and mobile technology.
As a result, telecommunications technician, cabler (data and telecommunications) and telecommunications cable jointer all appear on Immigration New Zealand’s construction and infrastructure skill shortage list. This means the Government is actively encouraging skilled telecommunications technicians from overseas to work in New Zealand.
According to the Census, 3,096 telecommunications technicians, 84 telecommunications technical officers or technologists, and 210 cablers (data and telecommunications) worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Most technicians employed by phone or internet companies
Most telecommunications technicians are employed by telephone or internet providers, installers and servicing companies.
Some telecommunications technicians work for independent contractors or are self-employed.