Find a teaching job

New Zealand needs well-qualified, dynamic, and enthusiastic teachers who enjoy working with young people. In New Zealand, schools and early childhood services are directly employed by schools.

There's no central staffing agency and no government department responsible for staff placement. All job applications should therefore be made directly to the employing school or early childhood service.

If you are looking for a job in a school or ECE, see the vacancies available in the Education Gazette.

Search vacancies – Education Gazette (external link)

Recruitment agencies

While schools and ECE providers are responsible for employing teachers, there are 3 recruitment agencies that are the Ministry of Education's preferred recruitment agents. They are:

  1. Education Personnel
  2. Oasis Education
  3. Randstad Education

These agencies are contracted to supply information to newly graduated, existing and returning New Zealand teachers, and international teachers looking for vacancies in New Zealand. Their services are free to teachers.

Recruitment agencies – TeachNZ website (external link)

Māori and Pacific teachers

As Māori and Pacific teachers you’re in demand, both for your language skills and as a role model for Māori and Pacific students in New Zealand. The Ministry of Education has contracted Education Personnel to provide a JobFind Assistance Programme for Māori and Pacific teachers.

Maori and Pacific teachers – TeachNZ website (external link)

Voluntary Bonding Scheme

The Voluntary Bonding Scheme (VBS) was introduced in 2009 to encourage newly graduated teachers to teach in certain areas of need. In 2018 the scheme was expanded to include more schools, settings and subjects. 

Voluntary Bonding Scheme – TeachNZ website (external link)

Beginning teacher support

The change from 'student-teacher' to teacher can be demanding, which is why new primary and secondary teachers are offered additional support.

Beginning, overseas and retrained teacher time allowances

Other pathways to teaching

There are many pathways into your first teaching position. For new graduates it may take some time and perseverance to get there. Where possible, stay involved in the education sector. This allows you to continue to gain experience with students and current best practices, and helps demonstrate your commitment to education.

Other pathways to teaching – TeachNZ website (external link)

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