Living and Working in Christchurch

The strength of the Christchurch economy means that there are plenty of jobs for skilled workers. The following pages provide you with an overview of why people love living here and an in-depth look at two of our flourishing sectors: manufacturing and IT, including profiles on some of the great local companies. For information on other sectors in the region visit our Sector Profiles page.

Careers New Zealand have an in-depth overview of careers and opportunities in Canterbury, and job sites such as Seek and Workhere have a number of job listing for the region.

If you are an employer looking for more information on how to recruit and retain staff see the Employers’ Toolbox for information and access to our free media library with downloadable images and videos of what its like to work and live in Christchurch.

Christchurch – live, work and play

Christchurch has a thriving economy, with one of the lowest rates of unemployment in the OECD. It is not only a city that is attracting job seekers globally, but its unique location and proximity to the mountains and sea means Christchurch provides a lifestyle balance that is second-to-none. Follow the link to find out more about moving to Christchurch.

IT sector jobs and employers

The City’s vibrant and innovative IT sector is New Zealand’s third largest region for IT businesses. Nationally, the IT sector is the country’s third biggest exporter after dairy and tourism. Some of the sub-sectors include:

Manufacturing sector jobs and employers

Christchurch has a thriving and dynamic manufacturing sector. Christchurch is the second largest manufacturing centre in New Zealand behind Auckland, and the sector is the second largest contributor to the Canterbury regional economy. Some of the sub-sectors include:

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