Engineering firm Tonkin and Taylor says a critical shortage of engineers in Australasia, coupled with infrastructure investment across the region has sparked a massive UK talent drive.

Executive leader of engineering services, Richard Hancy, said boom years are ahead, with the New Zealand Government earmarking $50 billion for large-scale infrastructure projects over the next ten years.

"As a result, planning and construction related activity in transportation, commercial buildings, water infrastructure, housing and many other sectors is getting busier and busier," Hancy said.

Tonkin and Taylor, a specialist engineering and environmental consulting firm, will head for London's Down Under Job Live Expo next month to attract top engineers, scientists, planners and project managers.

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"Sourcing overseas talent will not only help to address the current shortage of engineers, but allow Tonkin and Taylor to maintain an international perspective vital in a rapidly changing world," the firm said.

Upcoming infrastructure work includes a land transport programme projected to be worth $13.9b and a further $2.2b tagged for Crown assets associated with the Christchurch rebuild.