New immigrants and young worker families often struggle to get established in a New Zealand community. They may have skills that the country needs, but they cluster in large centres like Auckland where they arrived, were trained, or have cultural links. They would love to move to a place with job opportunities and a more affordable cost of living, particularly house rents and prices.
Our project provides a quick visual comparison of where businesses are located around New Zealand, as filtered by skill set, and which areas are more affordable to live.
People can use this web compilation of data sets to focus their job search. They can focus on locations where they can establish themselves socially and economically.
Who are we
So how can WE help!! Houseketeers!! A friendly bunch of lateers decided that we can show three sets of information is one pretty visual place so that you can decide how best to decide on where to move to in New Zealand! We like colourful pictures and graphs just to make things look pretty.
A skilled migrant looking to re-locate to New Zealand would need the visibility and clarity of seeing the skill availability and the average accommodation costs across regions to make a final decision.
Viking- My axe and me are considering moving to the land of the long white clouds. I hear they need some home builders. Reckon that’s right?
Immigration- Well, so do you and your axe know exactly what skill you belong in to?
Viking- My axe cut down trees, I build them. Wood for houses?
Immigration- Oh I see, so you are a builder. That’s great! Yeah we do need some across the country, but it’s up to you to decide where in New Zealand though.
Viking- So my axe doesn’t like people though, and I am broke. So its got to be cheap to rent.
Immigration- Right well, we have all the information that you want. I can email you some website and links?
Viking- Oh I left Valhala so I don’t have email, but I have a smartphone. It’s a one click place and pretty as a picture. Can you send me the information to my smartphone so that it can give me some smart answers?
Immigration- Tell you what, install Job Lock, it’s a smart application. Just select builder from the drop down list of the skills and if you want to rent or buy and vallaa you would have it all!
- Drop down menu- Skill
- Check box selectivity for accommodation - House prices OR Rental
How it works - OUTPUT it a visual map that is interactive and a graph that shows a story through data
1) Skill mapped to an Industry (eg- skill Survey would be mapped to Construction Industry)
2) That industry is compared across all Regions in New Zealand based on:
- No of Companies belonging to that industry for each region
- Company Name and official Web site
- Average rent OR buying prices across the regions
3) Data Visualisations:
- A graph that plots the no of companies across different regions for each industry
- A graph that plots the average rent across different regions
- A graph that plots the average sale price across different regions
How it can be expanded?
Job Lock focuses on regional datasets now, but has great potential to become more granular. Job Lock could also include links to job sites, council webpages, and information about the lifestyle in particular towns.
As a product could show more details on:
- More focussed on localised data based on district across the regions
- Average Earnings
As a project, things that can be improved in the future:
- More interactive and dynamic as a visual design of the user interface
What we have learned from this project:
1) Data was mostly housed from
- Stats New Zealand
- Companies Office
- Rental- MBIE.govt.nz
2) Could use private sector information in the future, from already collected data that would allow better predictions and forecasts in the future that can address important questions around employment and housing.
- Seek would give more information jobs in the past
- Trademe on jobs and also on the housing
Different benefits for different people
- New immigrants who already have certain skills sets
- Young families
- Students who graduate from certain areas of education
- Relocating refugees
- Information that can address different socio-economic backgrounds: age, income