10 Top New Zealand recruitment agencies

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new zealand recruitment agenciesYou could look for a job in New Zealand on your own – or you could choose one of the New Zealand recruitment agencies on our list to help you instead.

Recruiters are often the first to know about job openings and already have the contacts you’ll need to land a job.

You’ll find recruiters working across various industries below, plus tips on choosing a recruiter that’s right for you.

10 of New Zealand’s top recruiters

1. Adecco

Adecco has branches in 14 cities across New Zealand. Their recruiters can assist with jobs for various industries, including engineering, construction, and healthcare and medical. You can create an online profile or contact the team to get started, and you can set up alerts for new jobs on Adecco’s website.


2. Advanced Personnel

Advanced Personnel is a recruitment agency that places people across various industries, including engineering and manufacturing, infrastructure and construction, IT, food processing and logistics, and hospitality. The group has offices in Christchurch, Auckland North Shore and Manukau, Hamilton, Hawke’s Bay, Nelson, and Invercargill.


3. Drake New Zealand

Drake New Zealand can connect you with jobs in several industries, from healthcare and IT to engineering and education. These recruiters have 10 offices across New Zealand. You can also sign up for job alerts on the website and access career advice.


4. Enterprise Recruitment

Enterprise has been going strong for 50 years and has five office locations across New Zealand. Their team covers various industries, including construction, engineering, and trades and services. Enterprise also works alongside The Talen Hive, a Christchurch-based recruitment company specialising in engineering and IT recruitment. You can browse jobs by industry and occupation or region on their website.


5. HQ Recruiting

HQ Recruiting has two offices, one in Auckland and one in Wellington. The company has over 20 years of experience and works with candidates in early childhood education and IT sectors.


6. Superior Personnel

Superior Personnel connects job seekers with opportunities in Auckland, Waikato, Canterbury, and the Bay of Plenty. The team specialises in commercial and industrial recruitment, including manufacturing, logistics, infrastructure, and trades. You’ll find vacancies on their website and a blog with career advice.


7. Tradestaff

Tradestaff has been in business for 25 years and has 11 branches across New Zealand. Their areas of specialisation are the trades and industrial sectors, including construction, plumbing, manufacturing and processing.


8. Accent Health Recruitment

ACCENT Health Recruitment specialises in recruiting medical and healthcare professionals from overseas for jobs in New Zealand. They recruit doctors, nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals. You can read case studies on their website to hear from previous clients and find out how ACCENT helps job seekers.


9. Recruit IT

As the name suggests, Recruit IT assists digital and technology professionals with finding jobs in New Zealand. Established in 2006, Recruit I.T. has offices in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. You can browse jobs on Recruit IT’s website, where you’ll also find a handy salary guide.


10. New Kiwis

New Kiwis is not a job agency but a free employment service to migrant job seekers and Zealand employers. Applicants can upload their CVs and search the job section, while employers use the site to search for candidates and post vacancies. You can thank the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and Immigration New Zealand (MBIE) for this initiative.


Here’s how having a recruiter in New Zealand can benefit your job hunt from overseas:

Let’s start with what a recruiter does – recruiters match job seekers with suitable positions available at their clients, i.e., employers.

A recruiter worth their salt will guide and support you throughout the hiring process. In an ideal world, the right recruiter for you will become a consistent source for new opportunities.

This is how having that kind of support can help you when job hunting from abroad:

Saves you time

Planning a move to another country sometimes seems like a neverending to-do list! Working with a recruiter means taking some of those tasks off your plate. You can leave job searching, dealing with employers, and setting and following up on interviews with your recruiter.

Insights into New Zealand’s way of working

A New Zealand recruiter can advise you on how things are done in New Zealand. For example, what’s important to New Zealand employers, how interviews typically work, and how your CV should look.

This type of advice will help you excel in your job search!

Strong cheerleader on your side

Employers often hesitate to hire candidates from overseas, but a recruiter passionate about placing you can make a strong case for why you’re worth the ‘risk’. You can further strengthen your case by ensuring you qualify for a work visa.

Insider knowledge

Recruiters often find out about job openings or get access to exclusive roles early. Recruiters will also know about shifts in the industry. For example, employers could start expecting candidates to have experience in new software. You won’t know this when job hunting from across the globe.

How do you choose a recruiter?

Here are tips for choosing a recruiter that’s right for you:

  • Choose a recruiter who specialises in your industry: Recruiters who focus on one area will better understand roles, job requirements, and hiring trends. Even better? That’s a recruiter that’s worked in your industry themselves.
  • Listen to what they say when you first talk: Great recruiters will give you specific advice based on the information you shared. They’ll also ask specific questions to better understand your needs and where you’re coming from.
  • Learn more about the recruiter’s process: Ask how the recruiter finds jobs, approaches employers, and markets your CV.
  • Ask for references and check them: Talk to clients about their experience with the recruiter and ask if they’d use the person again.

It’s also important to consider how the recruiter comes across. Does it feel like they will care about your career? Is their dealings with you professional, and do you think you’ll get along with them?

If the answer to each question is a resounding ‘yes’, give the recruiter the green light to start finding you the perfect job.


Please note: Intergate Emigration is not affiliated or associated with any of these recruiters, and cannot guarantee service levels.

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