Overseas trained teachers are welcomed for teaching in New Zealand from primary to secondary schools, should you have the right to work in the country or can secure a work visa.
The Department of Labor Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL) and the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) are actively looking for teachers for certain New Zealand teaching positions.
Special education teaching jobs in New Zealand and hard to fill positions are generally available as secondary teacher’s of mathematics, information technology, science and primary school teachers (5-12) are in short supply, the skills shortage list for a visa, although could change.
Teacher jobs in schools are advertised at different times of the year. Although again you should be suitably qualified with relevant experience before applying.
Teaching in New Zealand early childhood children
- Overseas early childhood education teaching qualification must be assessed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority to be equivalent to a Diploma of Teaching (ECE) or Bachelor of Teaching (ECE).
- Overseas trained ECE teachers must be qualified to teach 0-5 years to obtain New Zealand equivalency and teacher registration.
Teaching salary New Zealand for schools
Teachers pay is similar to other western developed countries where you would be paid in relation to the years of experience and grade of position accepted. Separate Ministry of Education Collective Agreement’s governs how much you are paid as a teacher in primary or secondary school.
Primary school teachers: NZ $48K-$52K per year for new a teacher and for experienced teacher 5 + years $71K-$80K per year.
Secondary school teacher: New teachers are paid NZ$52K-$57K per year, where experienced teachers pay with 5 years teaching or more NZ$71K-$80K per year. Listed on this page
Head of department, senior management and school principal leadership are paid at a higher pay scale.
Boarding and independent private sector schools have their own wage brackets for teachers.
Requirements to teach in New Zealand
- Criminal background check dated with past 6 months
- Qualifications as a teacher and degree certification
- Should be a qualified teacher in the age range you wish to teach
- An appropriate undergraduate degree to teach your chosen subject
- Experience teaching that age range is an advantage to help secure a teaching post
- For immigration purposes a full medical check that can cost hundreds of pounds alone
- One year, 2 years, and permanent contracts or normal for New Zealand teachers
- Reference checks at your current and former schools
Find New Zealand teaching jobs vacancies
School teacher’s can find employment vacancies at New Zealand schools from nursery to 18 years old children. Vast majority of teacher jobs you will apply for are at state government schools listed on the official New Zealand government education website.
Primary and secondary teachers
Primary teachers are required, although the first half of the year is better for job vacancies to start in January of each year. Shortage of teachers in key core subjects are available for teachers in New Zealand.
Special education teachers
- Qualified, experienced teachers of children with learning or behavioral issues and those working with children with physical disabilities are in demand.
New Zealand school year runs from January to start of December with 4 terms split by 6 week summer holiday and other 2 weeks school breaks.
Work visa and residency for New Zealand
With a confirmed offer of an education job in New Zealand a work visa and residency are available for qualifying teachers that meet the requirements on the skills list.
Check with the New Zealand embassy for the requirements and any restrictions in your country.
Obtain medical insurance before leaving is always a good option until you are accepted for New Zealand state medical cover. You should be covered working as a state school teacher once you have your residency permit, which will take time to process.
State school employees, you require to supply your own accommodation, although international schools may provide an apartment or a house for certain employees according to their seniority.
Country Facts of New Zealand
4, 200,000 approximately population in the country
270,534 Sq Km approximately in land size
Wellington is the capital city
Language widely spoken: English
Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
Electricity: 230 AC Volts, 50 Hz
Language: English, Maori
Time: GMT + 12
Dialing code: + 64
Emergencies call: Call 111 for Ambulance, Police and Fire
Climate: Warm summers with cold rainy winters