NZ minister promises immigration crack down

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse reprimanded employers for turning to international hire companies too soon.

NZ minister promises immigration crack down
Employers across New Zealand may have to update their approaches to overseas recruitment after one government minister reprimanded organisations for taking shortcuts and turning to international labour hire companies far too soon.

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse told Morning Report that employers’ first port of call should now by Work and Income rather than the international market.

"We saw too many occasions when an employer would perhaps first go to an international labour hire company in order to meet their labour needs, apply for approval to recruit them with Immigration New Zealand and then have them scurry off to Work and Income to check the check that's always been in place,” he revealed.

Now, he said, employers must establish if there are any suitable local candidates before testing the international waters.

"First you've got to do the skills check and find out who might be available before accessing the international labour market,” he stressed.

He asserted that it has always been policy that Kiwis were first in line for New Zealand jobs.

"I can't help thinking that there are some who might have gone to that [international market] too readily and we have got to make sure that our young New Zealanders and all New Zealanders are selected to do the job before overseas workers are,” he said.

On a positive note, the changes are expected to speed up the application process for cases were overseas workers are essential.

More like this:

Airline employees take stand against Iran flights

Does this bad habit really make people less employable?

Why HR has leadership back-to-front

Free newsletter

Our daily newsletter is FREE and keeps you up-to-date with the world of HR. Please complete the form below and click on subscribe for daily newsletters from HRD New Zealand.

Recent articles & video

How to offer a stellar employee recognition program

Insights from an award-winning HR leader

Is your organization making this killer diversity mistake?

'It starts with people and it ends with people'

Most Read Articles

Company fined $250K after fatal incident

Is your organization making this killer diversity mistake?

How to offer a stellar employee recognition program