Part-time work options in New Zealand for international students

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Aishwarya Bhatnagar
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Apr 6, 2023 17:33 IST

New Zealand has over the years become one of the preferred study-abroad destinations for Indians and International students alike. The country has registered positive student footfall into the country for all the right reasons. Today student-friendly policies such as post-study work permits, part-time work options, easy admissions, and a friendly environment have made students to seriously consider New Zealand as their study abroad destination.

As per December 2022 statistics, 5,50,000 part-time workers have joined the workforce in New Zealand. The average weekly earnings have also increased by 4.3% in 2022. Part-time workers are those people in New Zealand who work less in comparison to 30 weekly hours of full-time employment. Jobs like summer jobs, internships, and work while study jobs are considered to be part time jobs.  

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Part Time Jobs' Stats in New Zealand 2021 Highlights 

Total Part-timers (Dec 2022) 


Job Sectors Employing Largely 

Engineering, IT, Teaching, Admin, Managers, etc. 

Expected Vacancy Opening in 2023


Average Weekly Pay

NZD 1,292 

Total Monthly Hours of Work 

>30 hours for Part-timers 

Average Overtime Pay  

NZD 43 / week 

Minimum Wage

NZD 20 / hour

Know all about Part-time work options in New Zealand

On a New Zealand student visa, you can work part-time for a maximum of 20 hours/week if your full-time course meets one of the following criteria:

  • Your course is at least two years in duration
  • Your course leads to a degree that qualifies towards an application for a New Zealand Skilled Migrant visa
  • Your course lasts for at least one academic year and you are taking part in an approved Tertiary Exchange Scheme.
  • Your course is taught at a private training institution or tertiary institution, and the main purpose is to develop English language skills.  You must have an IELTS overall band score of 5.0 or above.
  • Your course is full-time English language study lasting at least 14 weeks in duration at a university

Note: If you are enrolled in Masters' by research course or a doctoral degree program awarded by a New Zealand tertiary institution, then there are no restrictions on the hours you can work.

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Types of Part-Time Job Options for International Students in New Zealand

International students can opt for various part-time jobs in New Zealand, which vary across industries, or work profiles and helps in giving a headstart to one's career. Some of the popular job options available for students in New Zealand as part-timers are as follows:

  • Retail Sales Assistant
  • Lab Technician
  • Tutor
  • Seasonal worker 
  • Cook
  • Supermarket Assistant  
  • Waiter/waitress
  • Car Groomer
  • Bartender
  • Photo Processor
  • Call centre worker
  • Office Clerks

How to find part-time jobs in New Zealand?

Students who are enrolled in a full-time course at New Zealand University can look for job opportunities through Student Job Search Portal or job vacancy websites like Me and Seek, Jora, SJS, Indeed, or through networking on LinkedIn, etc. 

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Harshad Parmar

a year ago

I did my graduation in mechanical engineering and I have 2 years of work ielts score is 5.5.can I apply for masters in new zealand?

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Aishwarya BhatnagarStudy Abroad Expert

a year ago

Harshad, I would suggest that you submit your details with Shiksha Study Abroad Counselling Team in order to get your doubts cleared in such cases by sharing your full profile with them. You can apply here:


Harshad Parmar

a year ago

Durations of completing the study is increased.due to backlog. it is acceptable in New Zealand ?

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Tarun Pal

a year ago

I have completed my 12 with 45%
And in I got 50% can I apply in newzealand for postgraduation

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Rahul Singha

a year ago

Hello Tarun. You can check out popular universities in New Zealand here: and get in touch with our study abroad counsellors here:

3 years ago

I have completed my +2 with 60.6% in 2017 and I also gave ielts exam recently,luckily I got 6band (not less than 5.5 ) can I apply in newzealand for my bachelor studies .

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3 years ago

Hey there

3 years ago

I complete my 12 in 2016 with 55.5 % after that bca in May 2019 with 2 backlog reappaear was held in dec2019 ...
Can I get study visa for post graduation if I clear my backlog in Dec in news Zealand

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Tigin A Thomas

3 years ago

You need to have no back log certificate from the school/college then you can apply for the visa

4 years ago

I have just passed +2 level
I am planning to study automobile engineering
Which university or institution of newzealand is preferable?

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Hi Prajwol, you may check here and narrow down some colleges basis the entry requirements, fees, your budget, profile etc.

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