As in other countries experiencing the impact of the global economic recession, New Zealand has recently seen some significant changes to teacher supply and demand. The number of school teachers leaving the profession is at its lowest point for 10 years and so is the number of teaching vacancies, indicating that teachers are staying in their jobs longer. This is reducing the number of positions available for teachers who are looking for work.
The majority of overseas teachers working in New Zealand schools have come from countries with strong language, cultural and educational similarities with New Zealand such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Canada and South Africa. As an overseas-trained teacher, you will need to be extremely competent in written and spoken English. As part of the application process for teacher registration, you may be required to prove your proficiency in the English language.
We’ve summarised the main teaching opportunities that exist currently in New Zealand schools and early childhood (ECE) services to help you with your decision-making. While we’ve emphasised the main opportunities which exist now, demand does fluctuate from year to year, so it can be challenging to find a job. We recommend you do your research before you decide to relocate.
Click here for the steps to take to help you find a teaching job in New Zealand.
To view the latest vacancies, and search vacancies, visit the Education Gazette website.
Ministry of Education: the Ministry of Education's website has a wealth of information on New Zealand's education system.
Te Kete Ipurangi: the online knowledge basket is New Zealand's bilingual education portal. It provides information, resources, and curriculum materials to enhance teaching and learning, raise student achievement, and advance professional development for teaching staff and school managers.
Education Review Office: the ERO reviews all schools and early childhood services in New Zealand within a specified period and is a useful reference for New Zealand schools’ and services' performances.
Immigration New Zealand: New Zealand's official immigration site (a service of the Department of Labour).
New Zealand Now: an additional Immigration New Zealand site containing practical, helpful visa and employment information and useful links.