Jobs in Hamilton & Waikato

The Waikato region is a medium-sized economy with a strong primary production and agri-manufacturing focus.
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Although the economy is based on dairy, meat and other foods along with forestry, agritech and geothermal energy, the biggest employers are the health and education, business and finance, and wholesale and retail trade sectors. The aviation industry is also growing.

Waikato contributed 8.4 per cent to national GDP (year ended March 2016), provides 8.6 per cent of national employment and is home to an estimated 9.6 per cent of the national population.

[Source: Statistics New Zealand data, 2018].

Job vacancies in Hamilton & Waikato

Trade Me Jobs  - lists a large number of jobs in the Waikato

Seek - New Zealand's largest general job website

New Kiwis - an online programme connecting skilled job seekers (local and global) with New Zealand employers

Workhere - specifically designed to connect offshore skilled workers and Kiwi expats with New Zealand employers

Work and Income - jobs available in the Waikato for Job Seekers - lists recruitment companies in New Zealand


Most local newspapers publish jobs available in the area in the Situations Vacant column.

Job search help

Tips for recent migrants | - a free service to assist with your job search and prepare you for employment in the local labour market.

Work and Income - a government department helping to find employment for residents or those with a valid work permit. 

New Kiwis  - provides a programme linking New Zealand employers with skilled migrants living in New Zealand, or who are in the process of emigrating.

Work Talk | English Language Partners - an intensive, four-week course for confident users of English. Here, you will learn how to prepare your CV, approach employers, and practice for job interviews.

Business networking organisations 

South Waikato Economic Development group - supports local businesses in the South Waikato area

Hamilton Central Business Association - supports property and business owners in Hamilton central business district (CBD)

Waikato Chinese Business Association - offers support to Chinese business owners in the Waikato region

Ethnic Business Network - a hub of resources, knowledge, training, opportunities and networking for ethnic businesses and entrepreneurs

Venus Network - a business network for women

Local Chambers of Commerce support businesses by offering advice, consultancy, training and networking opportunities. See:

Waikato Chamber of Commerce

Taupo Chamber of Commerce

Cambridge Chamber of Commerce

Te Awamutu Chamber of Commerce

Pacific Business Trust - Assists Pacific Island business owners take advantage of opportunities available. Helps with financial advice, networks, etc.


Volunteering is a great way to gain work experience, meet new people, learn about your community, and improve your English skills.

Volunteering Waikato matches volunteers looking for volunteering roles with organisations looking for specific skills, and offers free to low-cost training for volunteers.

Volunteering Waikato

Volunteer support organisations

Young Workers' Resource Centre - a non-profit organisation funded by the Waikato community to bring free support and advice to youth in the workforce

Dress for success - a not-for-profit organisation that works to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing support and clothing for interviews


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