The number of skilled Kiwi workers heading across the Tasman in search of better career prospects looks set to increase.
Australian companies are set to arrive in Auckland later this month for the Oz Jobs Expo, offering "fantastic job opportunities and lifestyles", the New Zealand Herald reports.
The founder of the event, Jason Clayton, said his company, Custom Employment Events, had 24,000 New Zealanders on its books and expected up to 7500 would attend the expo.
Clayton, a Kiwi himself, said New Zealand would benefit from the experience its workers gained in Australia.
He said his expo would not poach workers away from Canterbury earthquake recovery efforts and he had cancelled a similar expo in Christchurch "as a result of what's going on down there".
He also said the expo in Auckland was not related to recruiting people to rebuild flood-ravaged Queensland and New South Wales, as it was planned well before the severe weather in Australia.
The expo will be held at the ASB Showgrounds in Epsom on February 12 and 13.
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