12. Skilled Migrant
An invitation to participate – free of charge – in Immigration New Zealand’s
Skilled Migrant Marketing Programme
Here’s how we can help generate qualified candidates for your key vacancies.
We are told daily of the stress across all business sectors of In the past 12 months Immigration New Zealand has successfully
finding skilled staff. Yet one obvious, and often overlooked advertised and attracted registrations of interest from more than
source, is recruiting from overseas. 40,000 potential migrants, all of whom are seeking to work and
live here. And more than 60% of whom are on either our long
Just under 20,000 people entered New Zealand’s workforce last year term or short term skills shortages lists.
under our Skilled Migrant work visa categories. It’s a valuable way Each has completed an extensive registration form, telling us a great
for us to grow our workforce as many companies struggle with the deal about their experience, education and so on.
ongoing talent shortage. And now we’d like to offer you access
to these qualified candidates, free of charge.
Of course, many companies do not believe they have the resources Simply contact Kirsty Ryan at the Department of Labour on
to recruit talent offshore. Until now. (04) 915 4138 or email Kirsty on firstname.lastname@example.org. She’ll
advise you of opportunities to email only those candidates of most
We are pleased to tell you about – and invite you to take advantage interest to you, and of upcoming job fairs around the world that you
of – our Skilled Migrant Marketing Programme: may choose to participate etc.
A quick snapshot of our 40,000 Skilled Migrant Candidates
• Average Age 36
• Education 13,704 have a tertiary degree
• Vocational Experience:
- On the long term or short term skills list 26,218
- Have an ICT background 4,080
- Have an engineering background 4,545
- Have specified skills such as:
• Plumbing 382
• Roofing 46
• Accounting/finance 2,085
• Nurses 1,504
More than 300 job titles are registered on our database.
13. What’s required of you:
• Contact us – unless we hear from you,
we cannot help!
• Help us debunk the myths – yes, you can,
for instance, offer a job to a migrant
without them first having a work visa!
• Treat any potential migrants you choose
to interview with respect – their
impressions of you will form their
impressions of New Zealand!
- Respond to the questions quickly –
within days, not weeks
- Inform them of the outcome of your
- If you do make an offer, recognise they
will have lots of questions about your
company, your region, New Zealand
- And if they decide to accept, help them
with their necessary visas and
paperwork (we can help here, too!)
- Offer them and their families help
settling into New Zealand
How to make your company look attractive to migrants
Start with your website:
a. List up-to-date vacancies and details. If we send out an email on your behalf, it will send interested candidates to your website.
b. Ensure you have the correct immigration information. YES, you can offer employment to overseas candidates. That does not
guarantee, of course, that a work visa will be offered as each application to Immigration NZ is judged on its own merits. However,
if your role is one within the long or short term skills shortages lists, or you are an accredited employer, or the candidate falls within
any number of acceptable categories, the chances will be good that a work visa will be issued.
The Skilled Migrant Marketing Programme:
A Mutually Beneficial Partnership
Immigration NZ YOU
1. Advertises to find qualified/interested candidates 1. Update your website
2. Hosts trade fairs around the world 2. Ensure the language regarding hiring of overseas candidates is correct
– this applies to all written collateral, as well as what your team communicates
Immigration NZ YOU
1. Offers you access to our 40,000 candidates 1. Respond
2. We will help work with you on work visas etc 2. Interview (It’s easy – even remotely!)
if necessary 3. If you offer a job, and are accepted, help candidates settle into New Zealand