Job Prospects... At a glance
Job prospects for postal workers are slightly below average. Employment numbers are projected to be stable, which means there will be opportunities for new workers as older ones quit. Income is average, but the costs of entering the occupation are low.
Postal workers deliver small items such as letters and packages in the mail. This usually involves driving, although some also cycle or walk. Some postal workers sort mail in a mail distribution centre.
Their tasks may include:
Most postal workers who deliver mail will need a driving licence for the type of vehicle they are using, and they could also need further endorsements or licences.
To work as a mail sorter, you must pass a pre-employment assessment, and then complete introductory training.
Most skills for postal workers are learned on the job.
|Learning on the job|
No study is needed, so starting as a postal worker is free.
A driving licence and driving licence endorsements could be needed, and there are costs involved in getting these.
The annual income for postal workers is estimated to be around $43,000. Income depends on experience.
|Estimated Average Income|
Source: MBIE estimates based on Statistics NZ Census and Labour Cost Index
Postal workers’ employment
Source: Statistics NZ Census and MBIE projections. Percentages are compound annual growth rates.
* Growth projections are based on the wider category “Clerical and Office Support Workers”.
The number of postal workers in employment decreased from 2006 to 2013. However, a small increase is projected out to 2026. This relatively stable employment level means there should be openings for new postal workers as older ones retire.
Source: Statistics NZ Census and MBIE projections
Postal workers are not on Immigration New Zealand's skill shortage lists.
Immigration NZ, skill shortage list: skillshortages.immigration.govt.nz
Although online job vacancy numbers for ‘Couriers and Postal Deliverers’ has slowed since 2015, there is still demand.
Jobs advertised chart
Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
Postal worker vacancies are advertised through public media such as the Trade Me Jobs and Seek websites, and on New Zealand Post’s website.
There is no clear career path for postal workers.
The following occupations are related roles or alternative titles. Some of the roles may require a higher level of skill than entry-level postal workers.
More information on postal workers is available on the Careers New Zealand website.
Careers New Zealand: www.careers.govt.nz
The Australian New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) is the official classification of occupations in New Zealand.
The occupation of postal workers has been coded to the following ANZSCO codes for the purpose of this report:
5612 – Couriers and Postal Deliverers
5614 – Mail Sorters