Want well-paid work? Head for New Zealand

New figures from New Zealand back claims the country offers some of the best opportunities for Brits looking to work abroad.

According to the job search site seek.co.nz, jobs in mining, resources and energy enjoyed the biggest increase in 2011, growing by around 18% to hit an average of NZ$118,000. That's currently about £63,000.

The second fastest-growing sector was advertising, arts and the media, enjoying a 17% increase to an average annual salary of NZ$75,500.

Based on jobs advertised on the site, the current top five looks like this:

  1. Mining, resources and energy (NZ$118,000)
  2. Consulting and strategy (NZ$89,000)
  3. Information and communication technology (NZ$88,000)
  4. Engineering (NZ$86,000)
  5. Construction (NZ$86,000)

New Zealand offers a Working Holiday Visa to people permanently living in the UK similar to that offered by Australia. The current estimate for minimum cost of living over 12 months is NZ$4,200.

Paul Robinson, director of New Zealand recruitment specialist, Randstad said IT workers with expertise in the information and communications sectors, in particular business analysts, developers and web application developers with skills such as .net and java, would benefit.

"Demand for these roles will continue to grow throughout the year," he said.

These figures for New Zealand follow similar reports from Australia. Feedback from gapyear.com members, however suggests getting one of these jobs is not as straightforward as it should be. If you have direct experience of trying to get IT work Down Under, get in touch with us at newsdesk@gapyear.com. We're planning more coverage and a new, targeted guide.         

In the meantime, if you're generally interested in working abroad go to our jobs section for more advice and information. Also, read our extensive guide to getting a job after travelling.