How long does the skilled worker recruitment process take?

Recruiting skilled workers who are currently in the Philippines, from start to finish takes around 12 weeks. However, it is frequently the case that we have already recruited for a specific skill and we always have more suitable, already interviewed and screened applicants than we are able to find jobs for – which shortens the process.

We update the current candidates page on our site with current available candidates registered with us and we have had many jobs in progress.

What are the costs involved with international recruitment?

Costs are similar to recruiting NZ Citizens, plus the added cost of the POEA, the Visa and in some cases the airfare. Per candidate, recruitment-related costs are around $8,500. Employers must commit to accommodating workers arriving in New Zealand and provide transportation to and from the site for up to 12 weeks while they settle in. Recruiting more than one skilled worker does reduce these costs.

 

Can I employ skilled workers on work visas for short-term or casual hours?

You may employ seasonal workers in some industries – in accordance with the skill shortage list for the duration of the season, but you may not recruit overseas workers then lay them off if your business requirement is reduced. There is a minimum paid hours per week requirement for the entire contracted period. You must have a genuine requirement for ongoing work in order for your visa and employer application to be successful. Our team will help you understand these requirements.

Can I get firm costs on skilled worker recruitment for a tendering process?

Yes you can. We can’t, however, guarantee that the workers will get work isas approved. The requirement for employers to advertise within New Zealand and to take every step possible to find New Zealand Citizens for the position is a consideration.

Are you able to handle working visa application for essential skills visas?

Yes, we are. We have a strategic alliance with VisaAide – a licenced immigration specialist with expertise in visa applications for both Australia and New Zealand. VisaAide would handle visa applications and processing for your business and would liaise directly with our recruitment team for the required information.

What kind of essential skills roles does RecruitNZ recruit for?

RecruitNZ specialises in roles for the construction and related industries up to Level 4 Certification, where certification of skill is required. We do also have a number of other industries where we recruit migrants, so do contact us. We have pre-approved applicants waiting on employment agreements – view some recent profiles here.

Are you able to handle migrant worker’s visa applications under the new INZ Accredited Employer Work Visa policy being implemented on 1 November 2021?

Yes, we are. We have a strategic alliance with VisaAide – a licenced immigration specialist with expertise in visa applications for both Australia and New Zealand. VisaAide would handle visa applications and processing for your business and would liaise directly with our recruitment team for the required information.

Does my business have to be an Accredited Employer to employ skilled workers on work visas from 1 November 2021?

Yes, it does. New Zealand Immigration is bringing in a new accreditation and single work visa on 1 November 2021 with applications for new and renewing applications in the current Accredited Employer (Talent – Accredited Employer) policy ending on 30 June 2021. The new Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) application process is a 3-check process, led by employers. It means that before hiring a migrant on the AEWV, employers will need to a) apply for accreditation under the new system; b) apply for a job check to make sure the role they want to fill cannot be done by New Zealanders, and c) request a migrant worker to apply for a visa (the migrant will need to meet the skills and experience stipulated as part of the job check).

Through our strategic alliance with VisaAide and ConsultingHQ, the documentation and application process for accreditation under the new system (if appropriate for your business) can be managed professionally and effectively.

Going forward, employers that do not have Accredited Employer status will not be able to employ skilled migrant workers.

Do RecruitNZ also handle non migrant recruitment?

Yes. We have a full team of recruitment consultants for both national recruitment and international recruitment. We also have a partner company specialising in Strategic HR – ConsultingHQ.