Recruitment Experts Release List Of Recession Proof Careers For Kiwis
With the economy officially in recession and unemployment rising people are becoming increasingly worried about their
jobs and may be reviewing their future employment prospects.
“There’s a very important component that rarely features when people are considering their career, tertiary study or
retraining and that how future and recession proof their jobs are”, says Tradestaff’s Managing Director, Kevin Eder.
Tradestaff is a wholly NZ owned nationwide recruitment company and the leading supplier of temporary and permanent
workers to the trade sector. Kevin Eder is a finalist in the 2008 Ernst and young Entrepreneur of the year awards.
Obviously essential services and key industries will always need staff even through the worst recessions but what is
classified as ‘essential’ or ‘key’ has changed and continues to change.
For example - until the 1990s learning typing and shorthand skills to become a secretary would have guaranteed you a job
for life but relatively recent technology such as email, electronic diaries and even mobile phones has changed the
careers landscape forever..
So what careers will survive an economic downturn? What jobs won’t technology make redundant?
FUTURE PROOFED JOBS
Essential Services - we are always going to need nurses, midwives, doctors, teachers and police.
Trained care-givers will also be required in greater numbers to look after our ageing population which is larger than
first thought because advances in medicine means people live longer.
Sales - it’s hard to imagine a robot replacing an experienced sales person with a charming technique. Increasing
customer expectations drive service while good sales people assist in pulling companies out of tough times
Bean Counters - boom or bust we still need number crunchers to do tax, GST, auditing, payroll, reports and all the other
financials. Increasingly complex employer costs such as Kiwisaver and tight credit lines will place a much greater need
on accountants and auditors.
Green Jobs - work that works out how to work in a more sustainable way will recycle employment opportunities right
through until we’ve officially saved the planet. Resource planning and environmental consent experts will be
increasingly critical in any growth or infrastructural developments.
TOP FIVE RECESSION PROOF JOBS IN NZ NOW
Often the pay-off for job security is not much pay - nurses and teachers can earn very average wages.
Tradestaff has identified five recession proof occupations - these jobs are in demand despite the downturn and have the
potential to return very high rates of pay.
Some are not the most glamorous jobs but that is exactly why they stand to be very lucrative.
No. 5 - WALLPAPER HANGER
It’s practically a dying art. There’s almost no specialist training available in NZ anymore. Tradesmen from the UK may
have learned how to hang wallpaper as part of their city and guilds training. Self employed wallpaper hangers charge $30
- $40 an hour.
No. 4 - ROADING ENGINEER
More infrastructure means more roads while the Resource Management Act and other planning requirements means even more
qualified engineers are now required to get these projects completed. Graduates can earn $50,000+ while senior engineers
can earn up to $140,000
No. 3 - DAIRY FARM WORKER/SHAREMILKER
The power of Fonterra! More dairy farms means more cows means more sharemilkers and dairy farm workers. As the dollar
drops and dairying becomes even more profitable the need will increase. A school leaver can quickly be earning $40K a
year and owning a herd by age 30. Herd managers earn around $90,000. Sharemilkers earn an agreed percentage of the
farm’s milkfat payout. This year the average dairy farm owner will be paying his sharemilker a sizeable chunk of
No. 2 - I.T. ENGINEER
Cheap deals and long payment terms on offer shows sales have slumped meaning I.T. Engineers are in demand to keep old
gear going. When the economy improves there will be a rush to upgrade hardware, software and networks so the demand for
engineers will be even bigger. Right now the USA is short 60,000 of them. Income range $40,000 - $100,000
No. 1 - PLUMBER
It’s one of the unsexiest jobs on the planet, not many people choose to fix leaking sewerage pipes or put their head in
a blocked toilet but it’s a service we can’t do without and the gap between supply and demand grows daily.
Consequently there’s some decent money to be made doing it. A registered plumber earns up to $65,000 per year, many self
employed plumbers earn over $100,000.