New Zealand doctor immigration

Foreign doctor

Medrecruit is a leading medical recruitment agency, and we work with doctors from all over the world to achieve their career or lifestyle goals and make the move to New Zealand.

In this article, we'll answer commonly asked questions so you can find out everything you need to know about making the move to New Zealand as a doctor. We hope that this will help you make an informed decision and when you are ready to make the move, we have an in-house immigration advisor who can help set you up for a successful relocation.

Can doctors migrate to New Zealand?

The answer is a big Yes! As a foreign doctor working in New Zealand, your pathway to medical registration will depend on your individual circumstances, such as where you completed your primary medical degree, the countries in which you have clinical experience, and if you’re a specialist or junior doctor.

To practice in New Zealand, you must be registered with MCNZ. For IMGs, this is achievable via a number of pathways (or routes), your eligibility for which is determined by your clinical background.

If you obtained your medical degree in the UK or Ireland, your pathway will be the easiest. If you are interested in making the move get in touch, and one of our dedicated IMG Solution Specialists will be in touch to answer any of your questions. Many of our staff migrated from the UK themselves, so they have insider knowledge of the transition.

Are doctors in demand in New Zealand?

If you are wondering whether New Zealand is looking for doctors, the answer is: yes! All healthcare professionals are in demand in New Zealand. Some high-demand specialties include Emergency Medicine, General Medicine, ICU, Psychiatry, and GP.

GPs are particularly in demand, and we have multiple opportunities in some of the most sought-after holiday locations.

New Zealand is looking for healthcare workers of all specialties and you may be eligible for visa priority.

If you are a foreign doctor looking for work in New Zealand, we have an in-house immigration advisor who can chat with you about the right medical pathway, what positions we have available, and all the logistics of making your move.

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How can a foreigner become a doctor in New Zealand?

To become a doctor in New Zealand, you must be registered with MCNZ. For IMGs, this is achievable via a number of pathways (or routes), your eligibility for which is determined by your clinical background.

Our Medrecruit Solution Specialists can help you with this process, so please register with us below if you would like more information.

How much do New Zealand doctors get paid?

In New Zealand, the salaries of doctors vary widely depending on their role, experience, and the type of practice or specialty they are involved in. Generally, doctors' remuneration in New Zealand is competitive, reflecting the skill, responsibility, and importance of their work in the healthcare system.

Junior doctors, or Resident Medical Officers (RMOs), who are in the early stages of their postgraduate training, typically earn between NZD $70,000 and NZD $120,000 per year. This range varies based on their year of work and the hours they put in, including any additional on-call duties.

Registrars, who are doctors undergoing specialised training, can expect to earn between NZD $95,000 and $180,000 annually. This again depends on their experience, the number of years they’ve been in the system, and their specialty area.

Consultants or Specialists, who have completed their training and are fully qualified in a particular area of medicine, can earn anywhere from NZD $150,000 to over NZD $300,000 per year. Highly experienced specialists or those in more lucrative specialties can earn significantly more and those in private practice could be earning NZD $600,000 or more.

It’s also worth noting that many medical roles in New Zealand offer additional benefits such as professional development opportunities, allowances for on-call work, and employer contributions to retirement savings, which can add substantial value to the overall remuneration package.

Overall, while the pay scales for doctors in New Zealand are subject to various factors, the medical profession is generally well-compensated, reflecting the high level of expertise and dedication required in this field.

Is New Zealand a good country for doctors?

New Zealand is rated as one of the top ten countries to live in the world. It is known for its outdoor and adventure-packed lifestyle and provides a great work/life balance. We have helped many doctors make the move and the beautiful scenery and outdoor activities are common standouts.

Not only is New Zealand home of Lord of the Rings, and other famous box-office hits, it is a great place to start or raise a family. We have an affordable, quality schooling system, and New Zealand offers a great sense of community.

How to get started

Relocating overseas to pursue a medical career is a significant undertaking, and the backing of a medical recruitment agency can be helpful. Medrecruit features a specialised IMG team, comprised of individuals who've personally navigated moving to New Zealand, ready to provide authentic advice on transitioning to life "Down Under." What's more our service is completely free for doctors. To find out more about working as an IMG in New Zealand, register, and one of our IMG team will be in touch to discuss opportunities and set you up for a successful relocation.

IMGs in New Zealand are in high demand, especially if you are an IMG GP! With a large and diverse healthcare sector offering numerous opportunities for professional growth and development. Whether you're looking for a metropolitan lifestyle or a peaceful rural existence, New Zealand has something to offer every IMG.

Medrecruit Editorial Team
11 May 2022Article by Medrecruit Editorial TeamMedrecruit Editor