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    Hello,

    My partner and I are both qualified social workers, a job that is on the shortage list. My partner has 1.5 years child protection experience and I have 3 years adults experience. I have been applying through an agent for several months without any luck and the agent has now shut up shop (with my $500 registration fee) and I have applied for a few jobs directly but have not got to interview stage. We are now thinking of coming out to New Zealand to find our own jobs given we are supposed to be in demand. We may have better luck face to face. However, the fact that our agent could make it is a worry for the economy. Anyone know what job prospects are like for social workers at the moment???

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    Welcome to the forum Solitaire.

    Sorry I don't have an answer to your question but someone might just drop by with specific information. Are you thinking of any particular timeline for your travel plans?

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    Hiya Sun777

    There has been news coverage recently about increasing the number of frontline (ie social workers). Given that the new government is just getting set up, it might take a wee while for that to filter through. Lots of NGOs provide these services so you might look at seek.co.nz for listings. Also, the Ministry of Social Development (MSD - govt agency) hires as well. You can find their listings at http://www.bfound.net/list.aspx?CoId=210 or navigate through the website msd.govt.nz. Another possibility is the government jobs website https://jobs.govt.nz/ which has a social, welfare and community section for jobs.

    And, in case its of interest, there is an initiative around improving things for children. See www.childrensactionplan.govt.nz/ for more on this.

    Also, there is a programme called Whanau Ora that is an effort to provide more holistic, family-wide, wrap around services. While primarily focused on Maori, it is available to all NZs (including residents). These services are being provided by collectives so you might have a look at www.tpk.govt.nz/en/ to figure the collective names, then google them and see if any are hiring.

    At any rate, there are some starting points.

    Good luck!
    Susan

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    Hello and welcome.

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    Thanks for the responses. Some very useful sites to look at. Our problem is that we left things for too long in the hands of the agents, and why not - they were specialist social work agents with a gleaming reputation in the past. We are hoping to come over in May 2012 all being well. Its just that the closure of the specialist agency worried us about our prospects. Once you give up a government employed job at the moment in the UK you wont be getting one back again so the move has to work out!

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    I would get your qualifications assessed by the NZQA, this will determine if you are able to apply for Social Work jobs and it will also clarify your PR application in regards to points claimed for qualifications.

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    Yes had been thinking about getting this done but had been looking into our job prospects first. Perhaps should get cracking as I bet this takes a while. Pretty sure we meet criteria as social workers though on a plus point.

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    As far as I understand, you can not engage in social work, until this has been completed. Potential employers will expect this.

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    As long as you do not tie yourself down to one place and are willing and able to move wherever the job will lead you, are okay with mostly meager salary prospects and are able and willing to pick up some maori before an opportunity can be expected, I would say go for it.

    I have been hunting (nzqa level 7 +8yr experience) for opportunities for several months (mind you I am in Dunedin) and seen very view opportunities. Very few adverts (four in the last month but three of them withdrew position!) and I have been told its who you now etc. Everyone seems to hold on to what they have at the moment. and that is not positive for new entrants.

    I have been given an opportunity for a position that would have required me to live away from my family. They warned (offered) that $35000 annually for the shift work position that required a degree in SW and registration with the Board. I respectfully declined as that would bring one close to the poverty line I am glad my spouse chose wiser professionally! But for us it is sure spoiling the fun. Lesson learned.

    I wish you all the best in your decision making. Being British may help you because of the strong ties between GB and NZ, but I have little faith in the validity of the shortage list. The government does just not seem to invest much in the social well-being of this nation and thus little opportunity and money for the sector to grow.
    Last edited by 4togo; 22nd December 2011 at 03:37 PM.

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