Tradestaff recruitment agency has identified the top five recession-proof jobs with high earning potential in New Zealand at the moment. You won’t be surprised to know Member of Parliament is not on the list. Instead you are recommended to become a wallpaper hanger, roading engineer, dairy farm worker/share milker, I.T engineer or plumber.
Personally I think Tradestaff may have a different, old-style recession in mind to the current peak oil fuelled one. I think this new recession might have more vacancies for bus and train builders than roading engineers and more space for horticultural farmers than industrial dairy farmers.
Tradestaff reckons that an economic downturn and technology are the threats that could make many other workers redundant. However, as we have seen from the numerous redundancies and closures this year before the recession has begun it’s just as likely to be political choices we make that cause jobs to evaporate. The 500 ANZ National jobs that are now in Bangalore rather than New Zealand undercut the myth that workers should embrace IT and service work rather than manufacturing and farming. Likewise many skilled manufacturing jobs have headed offshore because we forgot to support our diverse local economies in exchange for cheap imported and replaceable goods. Political choices that favour low carbon self sufficiency might be a good way to start recession-proofing more jobs.