You 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
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.
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.
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.
In December 2022, Immigration New Zealand was set to implement partner work visa changes.
However, on 5 December 2022, Immigration Minister Michael Wood announced that New Zealand had deferred the changes to April 2023.
This amended implementation date is now fast approaching.
What changes is Immigration New Zealand implementing?
Currently, the partners of migrants with Accredited Employer Work Visas can apply for a visa based on their relationship to the visa holder. Successful applicants have open work rights in New Zealand. That means the visa holders is able to work in New Zealand for any employer.
However, once the changes to the partner work visas come into effect:
- partners will only be eligible for Visitor Visas, and
- must qualify independently for an AEWV to be able to work in New Zealand.
Why this big shift?
The main reason for the change to the partner work visas is that Immigration New Zealand (INZ) wants to focus on bringing critical skills into the country.
“A key feature of the rebalance is a focus on building the skills that New Zealand needs, as opposed to the old system, which had a focus on large volumes of low wage labour in some sectors. This is a shift, but it will be better for the New Zealand economy, and it will reduce the unacceptable levels of migrant exploitation that the old settings facilitated”, Minister Woods explained in his press release.
Minister Woods added, “The number of partners of temporary migrant workers coming to New Zealand grew significantly in the years prior to COVID-19, as did temporary migrant worker numbers. While partners of temporary migrant workers work in a variety of roles across New Zealand, they tend to be concentrated in lower-paying sectors.”
In conclusion, Minister Woods said, “Given the aim of the rebalance, it is important that we ensure the integrity of the system by recruiting for genuine skill shortages for both the primary applicants and their partners.”
What should you do?
Migrant couples where one partner wishes to apply for an Accredited Employer Work Visa must do so as soon as possible.
Once the changes come into effect, INZ will apply the legislation changes to any new visa applications it receives.
Get started today!
If you have a job offer from an accredited New Zealand employer, book a consultation call with us today.
Our team will work with you to compile your visa application and submit it as quickly as possible.
You’ll be in good hands!
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