26 Nov 2009

Not enough skilled NZers to fill oil and gas jobs

10:17 pm on 26 November 2009

New Zealand's oil and gas industry, struggling to find enough skilled local people to fill vacancies, has been given the green light to advertise offshore.

Acting head of immigration Lesley Haines says that New Zealand's training systems for those interested in pursuing a career in the oil and gas industry aren't keeping up with the times.

Ten occupations, most of them in the oil and gas sector, have been added to the Department of Labour's immediate skill shortage list.

They include geologists, geophysicists and earth science technicians.

Ms Haines says that adding them to the list allows employers to look overseas without having to try locally first.