An expanding New Zealand economy has been credited with bringing migration to a record high in a country that has a “clean, healthy environment where no place is more than 128km from the sea”.

Figures released in New Zealand’s Labour market report show that employment increased by 0.7 per cent in the first three months of this year and 3.3 per cent within the last year. It is presumed that this is due to the country gaining 56,000 migrants in the year ending March 2015.

Construction workers from the UK and Ireland are directing the way when it comes to moving to New Zealand. Development and demand remains high particularly in Christchurch affected by the 2011 earthquake and Auckland, which is growing continuously.

According to figures it’s not solely the construction industry attracting migrants, the ICT sector is showing excellent development and is considered the fastest growing sector in the New Zealand economy, with employment in this sector growing by 35% (% or per cent – be consistent) between 2010 and 2014. Information technology and telecommunications infrastructure are also fundamental factors for growth and innovation in other parts of the economy.

Immigration New Zealand’s Greg Forsythe said: “Although the increasing jobs coming on the market are offered first to New Zealand residents, there are many opportunities for overseas applicants looking to make New Zealand their home. The quality of life is superb, New Zealand is ranked as the number one country in the world to raise children in a clean, healthy environment where no place is more than 128km from the sea; the country is ranked the least corrupt country in the world and is listed 4th out of 162 countries in the Global Peace Index Survey.”