Employment Opportunities

See also Award opportunities for post graduate students.

Employment opportunities for economists in New Zealand are listed below, as a service to Association’s members.

You are invited to participate by having a link to your website on our site at an annual charge of $150 (gst inclusive) and/or advertising suitable vacancies on our site at $100 (gst inclusive) per listing.

It is anticipated that you will advise the Association when any advertised vacancy has been filled in order that it may be removed from the site, otherwise the vacancy will remain on the site for a period of six weeks.

We hope you will take this opportunity to reach a specialist audience and look forward to receiving your advertisements. Please email to economists@nzae.org.nz.


Current employment opportunities

  • Vacancy for Transport or Spatial Economist closes 1-Jul-16 May 24, 2016

    MRCagneyPosition Vacant

    Position Available: Transport or Spatial Economist (3+ years of experience)

    Location: Auckland

    Date Advertised: 24 March 2016

    About Us

    MRCagney is a leading independent transport and planning consultancy, with a reputation for excellence and innovation across the fields of urban transport and mobility. We have offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and Singapore, and operate internationally in Asia, the Middle East and southern Africa.

    From our inception, MRCagney has been involved extensively in complex urban mobility projects. Our company ethos is “mobilising people strengthening communities”. This ethos is about making a positive, sustained contribution to the people and communities that we work with. We apply this passion and our ‘people-first’ approach to the places, towns, cities and countries in which we work.

    Our work is about people, not numbers, and we specialise in providing pragmatic, real-world advice that our clients can follow with confidence. Our project approach is not about a process of ticking boxes, ours is one of meeting and exceeding our clients’ expectations, value-adding by leveraging off the diverse skills available within the company.

    Our services range from strategic management and business consulting through to technical transport, planning, urban design, and engineering.

    About this role

    We are seeking an enthusiastic transport or spatial economist to join our team in Auckland, and be an integral part of our growth as we seek to make a difference to the cities and communities around us. Based in our vibrant O’Connell Street office, you will assist on projects both locally and throughout New Zealand and Australia. We will also consider candidates who would prefer to be based in one of Australian offices.

    With at least three years’ professional experience, you are someone who revels in the chance to apply your technical capabilities and powers of critical reasoning to help us shape a better world.

    As a Transport or Spatial Economist within our consultant team, you will be involved in all aspects of our business and your responsibilities will include business development, marketing, bid preparation and project management.

    We will offer a competitive salary commensurate with your skills and experience. As an independent, staff-owned company, our workplace culture supports flexible working arrangements (including part-time roles) and the open sharing of ideas on how to continually improve the services we offer.

    About You

    You are an economist who is looking to take the next step in their career. Maybe you want to break away from the stifling environment of a large international corporation, or maybe you’re looking to step outside of the confines of the public sector; no matter what your background, we offer opportunities and flexibility that few of our competitors can match.

    But first, you will have to meet this list of basic criteria. We know it’s long, but we value our current team and it is really important to us that we hire the right person to join us.

    >  You’ll need at least three years’ professional experience in transport and/or spatial economics. This includes:

    • Business cases for transport investments;
    • Economic analysis of transport and land use policies;
    • Innovative models for delivering transport infrastructure & services;
    • Benchmarking of transport and land use outcomes;
    • Transportation pricing and policy reforms; and
    • Management consulting, especially strategic policy advice.

    >  Previous experience in a consultancy environment, especially in the Auckland market, will be well regarded.

    >  You will hold tertiary qualifications in an appropriate technical field, which might be economics, finance or possibly something else we haven’t thought of yet.

    >  Knowledge of econometric (e.g. R) and/or GIS (e.g. QGIS) software and/or programming skills, (e.g. Python or Ruby) will be viewed favourably.

    >  You might be a technologically savvy person with added skills in the areas of data analysis, spatial analysis (GIS). We like people with extra skills, so if you have them, tell us about them.

    >  You’ll be expected to assist on projects throughout New Zealand and Australia, and possibly internationally. This may require occasional business travel.

    >  You’ll be required to contribute to the running of our office. This will include project management, business development and bid preparation.

    >  You need to be aware of the commercial nature of consulting, which means being dedicated to producing quality outcomes for our clients, within budget and project timeframes.

    >  You’re going to need strong qualitative and quantitative assessment skills, and the ability to scrutinise your own work. Our clients pay us to get things right, first time.

    >  You’ll have to work collaboratively and collegiately; with our staff, our project partners and our clients.

    >  And finally, you will most definitely need to be able to communicate effectively in English, both written and verbally. This one’s important.

    Applicants who are not New Zealand or Australian residents will be considered; MRCagney can offer assistance with VISAs and re-location if required. We are also interested in hearing from candidates seeking part-time employment opportunities and/or contract work.

    About Applying

    If you’ve read everything above and think this is the job for you, please get in touch. We want to know all about you, so a well written cover letter is essential: tell us about your experiences, your passions, your goals and what it is you will bring to our team. At this stage we are seeking expressions of interest with the intention of bringing someone on board in the early new year.

    So get inspired, get writing, and email your letter and latest CV to us here at auckland@mrcagney.com by the 1st of July 2016.

  • Vacancy for Principal Advisors – Office of the Chief Policy Advisor 29-May-16 May 24, 2016

    Principal Advisors – Office of the Chief Policy Advisor


    Do you want a job in which you will:

    • Provide advice on policies of critical importance to the well-being of New Zealanders
    • Work in areas of strategic and conceptual challenge
    • Contribute to intellectual leadership of a leading government policy agency?

    The Ministry of Social Development is the lead agency for the social sector, providing policy advice to the government on issues concerning social well-being and delivering social services to over a million New Zealanders. The Office of the Chief Policy Advisor is a whole-of-Ministry resource that provides thought leadership and high-level specialist expertise to the Chief Executive and the Ministry’s Leadership Team.

    As a Principal Advisor, you will take a leadership role in the provision of policy advice on a range of issues of critical importance. Your role will be to:

    • provide intellectual and strategic leadership
    • provide high-level specialist expertise, skills and knowledge in a particular subject area
    • address issues characterised by significant complexity, uncertainty, risk
    • lead or provide oversight for particularly critical or significant projects.

    We are currently looking for Principal Advisors with a high level of expertise and experience in the following areas to complement our current team:

    • Expertise and experience as a senior policy professional
    • Qualifications and experience in economics
    • Skills and experience in housing and housing policy

    In the role, you will provide advice to our senior staff, Chief Executive and Ministers. You will need to display precision and clarity of thought, well-developed communication and relationship management skills, and excellent judgement. You will need to exhibit confidence and credibility to challenge thinking and assumptions at the highest level. You will need to base your advice on high quality evidence, think creatively and innovatively, and deliver results in accordance with tight deadlines.

    In addition to the opportunities that come from joining New Zealand’s largest government department, we offer an opportunity to work on issues that will help to make a significant difference in the lives of New Zealanders. You will be supported by a collegial team and passionate management.

    Applications Close: Sunday 29 May 2016, 5pm

    To apply, click the Apply Now button and upload your resume, covering letter and complete the online application form. Enquiries only can be directed to Rebekah Eastwood jobs@msd.govt.nz




  • Employment opportunities welcomed April 1, 2015

    An invitation to all economists and organisations seeking economists to list here employment opportunities for economists in New Zealand.