Dear What am I worth,
I am a German looking to live in New Zealand after having fallen in love with the country. I work as a network and systems consultant and IT project manager for some bigger firms, earning 110,000 marks (NZ$118,000). I gained a qualification in IT a high school and then worked as EDP consultant for rest homes and hospitals in my region. While studying IT, I started managing the network of my college's library, then came into the whole university network with about 20,000 clients and fully heterogeneous server plants. I have worked in IT since 1990, having finished many projects, later on in leading positions with up to 50 people working for me. Since the library needed personnel straight away, I was unable to finish my studies. However, I was able to pass the MCSE in April this year. After working in the library and teaching the following systems admin, I founded my own firm and did network and system consulting for small to middle-sized firms. After I sold the firm to my wife's brother I took a job at a firm in Mannheim as EDP consultant, specialising in changes and migrations following Y2K, and token-ring-to-ethernet migrations in chemical and heavy industries.
Candle replies: It is difficult to equate what you are earning in Germany with the New Zealand market. Your skills could possibly command in the $80,000 to $90,000 range in this market. You will need to obtain an offer of employment before you can secure a work permit. The work permit is then valid for three years with the same employer.
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