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Jun 19, 2024

Your guide to a teaching career in New Zealand

Are you looking for a change, or seeking work-life balance and a modern environment in the world of education? New Zealand offers a vibrant, multicultural backdrop that’s ripe with opportunities for teachers. Bring your teaching career to New Zealand, where you can teach in a country that boasts top ranking work life balance, a mild climate, with stunning landscapes and diverse cultures. This guide gives you insights into a rewarding career in New Zealand education, providing you with the tips and guidance you need to turn your dream into reality.

Your guide to teaching career in New Zealand

Why New Zealand is calling for Teachers 

New Zealand faces a unique challenge – a growing student population outpacing the number of available, qualified teachers. This has opened doors for international educators, especially in fields like technology, the sciences, and mathematics, where shortages are highest. There are also shortages in subjects like business, Te Reo Māori, agriculture, horticulture and a number of languages. With a pathway to residency for most teaching professions (secondary quality for immediate residency!), there has never been a better time to make the move to be a teacher in New Zealand.

Registration and visas

Moving to a new country is a life-changing opportunity, New Zealand’s supportive regulatory framework as well as Working In New Zealand’s 25 years of experience assisting teachers with their move makes it a smooth journey. 

Typically, a teaching degree from a university or college (like a BEd or PGCE) is necessary, along with either a work visa. Fortunately, teaching positions are listed on the Green List. 

Additionally, be prepared to complete a criminal history check and prove your proficiency in the English language. 

For assistance in determining if you meet the qualifications for a teaching career in New Zealand complete our free appraisal, our expert team will guide you through the registration requirements specific to you as well as help you manage the visa process. 

New Zealand Teaching salaries

The amount you could earn as a registered teacher is influenced by your teaching location and your position on the salary scale. 

Factors such as your years of experience, region of your employment, and whether your school is situated in an urban, rural , or inner-city area, all play a role in determining your rank or grade on the salary ladder.

International teachers may qualify for up to $10,000 relocation grant. This can cover costs such as immigration applications and assistance, flights, shipping. 

Start today!

Teaching in New Zealand is more than a job; it’s a lifestyle, an adventure, and a chance to be get the life Down Under that you’ve always dreamed of. 

Take the first step towards a rewarding career in a beautiful location by applying for a teaching job today, it only takes 2 minutes. We’ll connect you with one of our experts who will guide you through everything you need to know to make the move. 

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