Job Prospects... At a glance
Job prospects for butchers are good. Demand for workers is increasing and it should relatively easy to find work. The income for butchers is average.
Butchers select, cut, prepare and sell meat. Some work in independent butcher shops, while others work in supermarkets.
According to the latest information from the New Zealand and Australian online job ads, some of the top skills employers look for include:
Source: Burning Glass Technologies’ Labor Insight™ Real-time Labor Market Information tool
A National Certificate in Meat Retail Butchery is needed to become a qualified butcher. This certificate exists at Levels 2, 3 and 4. It is managed by Competenz, and achieved by completing an apprenticeship.
The New Zealand Apprenticeships scheme is available for anyone over the age of 16, and is subsidised by the government. More information on the scheme is on the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) website.
|National Certificate in Meat Retail Butchery (Level 3, apprenticeship)|
|$6,000 over three and a half years|
Sometimes, employers will cover some or all of the costs of an apprenticeship. Average costs in 2016 for a domestic student. Costs vary between institutions. First time students may be eligible for fees-free tertiary education for their first year of study, which will reduce the total cost. For more information about fees-free eligibility, go to feesfree.govt.nz. Some polytechnics may have a zero-fees scheme. Further costs include materials, textbooks, and accommodation.
Rents vary from place to place. Estimated market rents by region, city and suburb are available on the MBIE Tenancy Services website.
The StudyLink website provides general budget advice for students, and the Sorted website provides help with detailed budget planning.
The Industry Training Organisation (ITO) that looks after training for butchers is Competenz. They arrange apprenticeships nationwide.
The annual income for butchers is estimated to be around $41,300. Inexperienced butchers and new apprentices are likely to start out on the minimum or training wage.
|Estimated Average Income|
Source: MBIE estimates based on Statistics NZ Census and Labour Cost Index
Source: Statistics NZ Census and MBIE projections. Percentages are compound annual growth rates.
* Growth projections are based on the category “Food Trades Workers”.
The number of butchers in employment fell by almost 1% per year from 2006 to 2013. Within the broader category of food trades workers, we expect an increase in employment up to 2026. If this extends to butchers, it should be easy for prospective butchers to get established.
Source: Statistics NZ Census and MBIE projections
Butchers are not on Immigration New Zealand's skill shortage lists.
Immigration NZ, skill shortage list: skillshortages.immigration.govt.nz
Since 2011, the number of online job vacancies for ‘Butchers and Smallgoods Makers’ has grown at a faster rate than the average for all vacancies. This indicates that demand for butchers has grown faster than the average for all occupations over the same period.
Jobs advertised chart
Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
Butcher vacancies are advertised through public media such as the Trade Me Jobs and Seek websites.
Experienced butchers can become supervisors or managers at a butcher shop, or in the butchery section of a supermarket. Some also go on to establish their own businesses. Competenz has an overview of career opportunities for butchers.
Competenz, career path: www.competenz.org.nz/industries/food-and-beverage/butchery
The following occupations are related roles or alternative titles. Some of the roles may require a higher level of skill than entry-level butchers.
More information on butchers is available on the Careers New Zealand website and through the "Just the Job" videos.
The Australian New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) is the official classification of occupations in New Zealand.
The occupation of butchers has been coded to the following ANZSCO code for the purpose of this report:
3512 – Butchers and Smallgoods Makers