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The wider Dunedin job market is in growth mode with hundreds of vacancies across a number of sectors from professional services, education and healthcare through to construction, engineering, tech and everything in between.

The local economy has experienced steady growth over the last 10 years and this is set continue with a medium-term boom forecast for the city and numerous large-scale projects about to get underway so there’s never been better time to make the move.

Our Growth Sectors

Growth in key sectors, especially Professional, Scientific and Technical Services which made the largest contribution to overall growth in Dunedin City between 2021 and 2022 ($575m). The industry grew by 16.6% over the year and contributed 1.16 percentage points to the district's total growth of 5.7%. This showcases that Dunedin has undergone an economic transition from just big scale manufacturing to niche manufacturing (United Machinists) and PST services.



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Engineering and niche manufacturing



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Roles in high demand

Tech - software developers, computer game developers, systems engineers, database administrators

Higher level finance Jobs – accountants, financial controllers, CFO’s, COO’s

Medical staff – especially critical care nurses and registered medical officers

Civil construction – traffic controllers, experienced machinery operators, experienced roading & paving workers

Engineering - skilled engineers, stainless steel fabricators, fitters / machinists

Manufacturing & production – experienced & efficient operators, multi-skilled production line workers, class 2 to 4 experienced truck drivers.

Trades – across the construction industry, especially skilled and experienced carpenters & plumbers, semiskilled labourers and hammerhands

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Major Dunedin Employers

You can find details of opportunities with some of Dunedin’s major employers here:

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Search for Jobs

Dunedin also has a number of specialist recruitment agencies that can assist you in your search, see the list here

Otherwise, jobs are regularly listed on the following websites:

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JobDUN is a paid student internship programme which supports Dunedin businesses, by taking the hassle out of finding excellent students from Te Pūkenga | Otago Polytechnic and the University of Otago. A fund is available to help you support your intern, and the results speak for themselves with over 50% of students that intern through JobDUN gaining employment following their internship. That’s about 25 jobs per season, and up to 20 of these are new roles, growing capability and opportunities for Dunedin businesses. Find out more here