Working in New Zealand

Working in New Zealand

no doubt it´s different than in Germany. Certainly it depends completely on the industry, the environment and the job. However, we have made our experiences from the job search to the daily work routine and can report. But one thing at a time!

Requirements for the start of employment

The basic requirement for taking up the employment is a valid work visa! It doesn´t matter whether it is a two-year work visa or a Working Holiday Scheme. With a Visitor Visa only volunteer work without payment is allowed. Important for the employer is the Application Number of the visa, which the company has to provide when signing the contract. This number is also essential for all other matters. Visas can be easily applied online.

Bank account and tax number (IRD)

Do you have a valid visa? Then you can get a bank account and a tax number. For the bank account several banks offer different possibilities. In our experience, it is worth setting up a Kiwibank account, as the branches are always linked to one of the postal stations. This has the advantage that other important business, such as postal services, can be done here. In addition, the post office functions as a kind of multifunctional “office”, which we are not familiar with in Germany. In addition to the tax number, one can also carry out banking transactions or vehicle registration and re-registration here.

Step by step:

  1. apply online for your account at the Kiwibank (if you have chosen this bank).
  2. During the application process you will receive an “Access Number” for your online account.
  3. Verify your identity with a phone call – a New Zealand phone number is a plus.
  4. Visit a post office or Kiwibank branch to authorize and activate your account.
  5. You need your valid visa with the Application Number.
  6. A proof of your residence (New Zealand does not have a registration office as we know it from Germany. So it doesn’t matter if it’s a rental contract, a letter from the hotel or hostel confirming that you currently have a permanent address)
  7. Your passport.
  8. To apply for your IRD (tax number) fill out the IR 742 (IRD number application – non-resident) form.
  9. We advise – Authorization and application for IRD in one step, because you need the same proofs (passport and visa).

The application of the IRD takes some time and can take up to three weeks to be issued. If you already have a job offer, we advise you to apply for the IRD by mail. This can then be passed to the employer immediately, as the employer is obliged to tax the salary with the highest tax rate of 33% if no IRD is available. Once the bank account has been set up and the IRD has been applied for, there is nothing to prevent the employer from taking up employment.

The application of the IRD takes some time and can take up to three weeks to be issued. If you already have a job offer, we advise you to apply for the IRD by mail. This can then be passed to the employer immediately, as the employer is obliged to tax the salary with the highest tax rate of 33% if no IRD is available. Once the bank account has been set up and the IRD has been applied for, there is nothing to prevent the employer from taking up employment.

View over the CBD, the bay and the port of Auckland – that’s how you like to work 🙂
brakfast at St. Heliers beach

Find a job

On the confirmed visa, you´ll already find different platforms like Seek and Indeed. These platforms allow you to create an account and enter your personal data. It is possible to enter a kind of resume in the system, which is sent directly to the employer when applying. It is interesting that the CV is designed completely different than the one you know from Germany. The goal of the CV, is to present everything about your person on one single page. So it is a cover letter, motivation letter and CV in one. All essential core competences, the school education, and the professional career plus a short description of yourself are summarized in different columns. It is a kind of little blackboard or poster.

You can also apply directly on the companies’ websites. This is how Markus found his job! He applied online, uploaded his CV and was invited for an interview the very next day.

Payday…

If you are expecting a German system of payment, you will be disappointed. Here the payment of the staff is not monthly. You will get paid fortnightly or even weekly! On the pay slip you can see the hours worked during the past week and the total number of contracted hours. The deduction is only the income tax rate that applies to you. You take care of the social security by yourself. The “Payday” is not regulated and can vary from company to company. For example, employees of one company are always paid on a Wednesday, others on Mondays. The tax rates vary depending on your annual earnings. The lowest rate is 17.5% and the highest 33%.

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