Employer’s Corner – Can’t Find Skilled Professionals?

Can’t You Find Skilled Trades People in New Zealand?

Insights on the  Employment of Overseas Skilled Labour

At JPC we are confident that our years of experience will help you to feel comfortable employing skilled professionals from outside of New Zealand. Employer’s needs and staff needs vary from industry to industry and must be matched carefully with a good knowledge of the industry needs and human resources.

When selecting candidates we, first of all, listen to your needs and only after that we search, screen, interview, check references and bring skilled people from overseas directly. These industries include construction, mechanical and welding engineering, electrical engineering and few other.

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Working with our candidates we noticed the following:

  • Most often 70% of what that people say about themselves in their CV is true.
  • People more often undersell themselves than oversell. We have to ask a lot of “how” and ” why” questions to find out their true skills and personal qualities.
  • Overseas people know that everything they say will be checked. They do not want to lose credibility for a new employer.
  • The New Zealand Government Immigration Service checks every applicant’s documents thoroughly before issuing a visa to New Zealand, including checking previous employment and education.
  • Skype interviews are great! During an online interview, you can have your team members present, including technical specialists, potential associates or a psychologist. They can contribute to your judgment about the applicants.
  • Skilled professionals from overseas appreciate your support. Those employees who feel supported in New Zealand value their job and most often stay with the same company for many years.

You offered a job to an overseas professional. What can you do to make the process of issuing a work visa faster?

JCP Employer's CornerYou have to show to Immigration New Zealand that you actually did try to find a suitably qualified person here in New Zealand. For example, show that you advertised in different media and did not find the right candidate. If the position is on the Government NZ Shortage lists (as electricians or engineer) http://skillshortages.immigration.govt.nz/, you may directly invite the chosen employee from overseas by sending him/her a job offer. Include an employment contract with a precise job description and an Employer Supplementary form.  If the job you have is not listed in shortage lists – you may apply for Approval Principle or Accreditation to Immigration New Zealand.


We have done it before and we are doing it every day!