A Future in New Zealand, Overseas Advice for New Zealand Employers
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We asked our expat communities "To get you to live, work and/or invest in New Zealand,

We asked our expat communities "To get you to live, work and/or invest in New Zealand,
what advice do you have for New Zealand employers
and businesses?", Here is what they have to say.



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  • To get you to live, work and/or invest in New Zealand, what advice do you have for New Zealand employers and businesses?Make the information more accessible, head hunt people who have shown interest, offer potential employees a weekof living and working in NZ at a cost to them. If you eliminate the smoke and mirrors and get the information acrosspeople will be more willing to take the chance and move to NZ.To be as outward-looking and open as possible- Remuneration- Flexible working hours- Work from homeRaise awareness of skills shortages within the NZ economy.Advertise key job roles through international accounting bodiesOffer international competitive packages and support for relocation (not just financial support, but the basics such asphones, bank accounts, accommodation, etc).international taxLook at an individuals life experience and the skills set they have built up throughout their working life and not justthe paper qualifications. A more mature person who has worked in real life situations; who has learned from theirmistakes; who has risen to face and meet the challenges set before them; who is not afraid to use common senseand who knows what hard work means can bring so much to any organisation or business. They are also likely to bemore loyal and more settled within their new employer. After all, if they are seeking employment with a particularcompany it means they know what that company can potentially offer them through the rest of their working career. Allof this and still be adaptable, dynamic and can do in their overall approach to work and life.Promote reasons why it would be great to live and work there.VisasFocus on initiatives to try and keep New Zealanders from leaving the country for Australia and make them moreglobally competitive.I think New Zealand should position itself, or at least work towards a model of, the "scandanavia" of the SouthernHemisphere with its natural beauty and focus on delivering benefits for the social system. Examples would be fastrapid transport, free education, quality health care and importantly a broadband/wireless network that can out do thelikes of Japan/Singapore. Especially with its remote location in the Pacific, it would greatly benefit businesses to investand then hopefully the people will come.Competitive packages and opportunities for flexible working hours and work/life balance.Promote the lifestyle and adventure sports.Though i have never been, i have seen NZ in many photos and on travel documentaries and it looks amazing. WithSkiing, mountain biking, rafting, fishing and many other outdoor activities on the doorstep, it could be a very rewardingplace to have a work / life balance.More companies who have accreditation from Immigration NZ to make themselves known.Also why would a company with a stipulation of only employing candidates with a NZ work visa on vacancy notices beaccredited, the accreditation implying they would consider appropriate candidates from overseas? Friday, 19 October 2012 1 of 19
  • To get you to live, work and/or invest in New Zealand, what advice do you have for New Zealand employers and businesses?Availability of roles in the accounting/finance area with decent pay packetsWould like them to offer graduates also job opportunities, they could then train in New zealand ways and potentiallystay there to contribute to the country.Offer attractive salaries and also sell the good work life balance to familiesMake New Zealand more accessible to commonwealth citizens and look favourably on English speaking individuals.My partner and I decided to relocate to the UK from Australia for two years for an exciting change. Soperhaps NZ businesses need to promote a dynamic, fun, adventurous destination. It’s also got the advantageof being so close to Aus, yet so different, so it wouldn’t be as daunting as moving to the other side of theworld as people do when moving to the UK. In addition, I believe it’s all about awareness. I was fully awarethat I could easily obtain a work visa in the UK, however I have no clue how easy it is to do this in NZ, howmuch it would cost, or even if its possible. So spreading the word would help.Make it easier to get a job before committing to migrating; you could, for instance, promote remote interviewing.Improve the awareness of the type of positions and opportunities available in New Zealand. Also the ability tointerview for New Zealand jobs from overseas, so positions could be obtained before having to make the significantcommitment to move to New Zealand in the hope a suitable position could be found.Proper advise re relocation and setting up bank accounts, rental properties and transport advice. Proper marketadvice re remuneration and long term salary levels.there is a need to change the imigration system,cannot get a job with no visa,cannot get a visa without a job.Becauseof my trade there is no way i could get a job before leaving the uk.I was i NZ and had 13 interviews but had to returnto the uk because i couldnt get a job because mostly of no visa.I think would not make as much money as Australia as most people from NZ come to Australia to make more money.Living in an international mega city such as London has one siginificant advantage - you get expose to new trends,ways looking at things and a lot of exosure to the sector youre working in. For every country and countrys leadingcompanies it is key to attract these people wanting to relocate and improve the overall team / companys performance.If I were to consider relocating to NZ, Id need to be reassured that I could find a job in my chosen field(marketing/communications). When I think of NZ I think of bungy jumping and skiing, not a major hub of opportunitylike London.Give the employee the certainty that they will achieve professional and personal stability through supportiveemployment and goverment policies.Be willing to interview Australians for senior roles. Ive applied for several roles there in the past exactly doing theroles Ive done before elsewhere and didnt get interviews. Ive heard rumours that NZ businesses dont like hiringAustralians. Friday, October 19, 2012 2 of 19
  • To get you to live, work and/or invest in New Zealand, what advice do you have for New Zealand employers and businesses?NZ employers and Businesses should relax the recruitment policies to accommodate foreigners especially Africans .Career Progression, good public transport and lifestyle.terms of emloyment, basic background discription of the company and the type of work of this postion entails and finalwages etc.Look at successful NZ entrepreneurs who are putting NZ on the map - Karen Walker ( fashion), Michael Hill (jewellery)etc. Make it appealing place for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial -- particularly lifestyle entrepreneurs, "globalnomads"Employers and Government need to set up agencies or web sites that screen and assist required skilled people toapply and prepare immigration clearance for these people efficientlyMake petrol cheaper :)Perhaps better access to job vacancies advertised worldwide would help me to see the opportunities available in NZ.The main thing that would put me off moving there is my fear that it is too small. Maybe advertising campaigns forcities like Wellington and auckland and spreading awareness about all the wonderful opportunities and sites thebigger cities have to offer might give foreigners the confidence to consider a life change like moving there. hope this is in some way useful.the employers of nz must realise the main aim of a buisnes is to be profitable, but still not to lose sight of the lifestylewhich is one of the main attractions of nz (a happy workforce is a productive workforce ) eg which of these 2 jobs isthe harder job, a man sat behind a desk signing his name 2 to3 times a day, or a man swinging 14lb sledge hammerfor 10h/rs a day. but to take into consideration the man swinging the sledge hammer enjoys his work & the manbehind the desk does not,I want to hear primarily about the willingness of NZ businesses to employ Australians. Once that is satisfied I want tohear about the lifestyle opportunities e.g. about working in what I presume are vibrant cities but being in closeproximity to skiing, hiking, outdoor activities.Advertise jobs to the right candidates - too much spam and we lose interest. Nake it look attractive, moving overseasis stressful, assist with bank accounts, accommodation, taxes etc.Assistance with relocation; distance interviews via video linksN/ATo stop being so nit picky and pedantic about trivia. Protecting your borders is fine, but it is very often taken toextremes.Having lived and worked in the UK - London and lived but not worked in the US - Manhattan, I consider the differencein the two adventures is the ability I had to make friends through the work networks I developed when in the UK. If I was to move to New Zealand, I would need to consider that the role I was taking on:- was in line with my career aspirations and had strong succession planning attached to it- was in a city where I could build a network quickly and easily to avoid feeling isolated- was in a city where I found cultural and social stimulation, live events, strong arts community- was in a city where the climate enabled me to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle - hopefully outdoors. Friday, October 19, 2012 3 of 19
  • To get you to live, work and/or invest in New Zealand, what advice do you have for New Zealand employers and businesses?Relatively free trade, so that small businessess are able to start up and invest.A competitive remuneration package, strong career development prospects, onboarding activities that will providesupport and help me and my family transition to NZ life (both on a personal and professional level), and above all acommitment that they care about me as a person and want to see me succeed in my career and life.It is hard when you are thinking of relocating if salaries are not clearly indicated on job descriptions or adverts as youdont know the level of expertise required which is usually indicated in the level of salary. Therefore more salarytransparency would be helpful.Financial incentive is the key. With a high cost of living and generally low currency exchange rate, draw cards likereduced personal invome taxes, increased annual leave or providing international workers access to subsidised orfree health care, cars/fuel could be good draw cards to make up for differences in earning potential elsewhere whilstencouraging travel around NZ during non-work periods.Pegging the kiwi dollar to the Aussie could help in some respects also.I was told by the agencys that Employers were looking to recruit from the local market so my CV did not even getsubmitted to jobs I was interested in.I reckon it would help with attracting more people to move over if they spoke properly...at the moment they just takethe puss (sic). Where did that dialect come from anyway? No one else in the world speaks like that... Why wouldsomeone even invent such a cruel thing and force it upon their kids? I fear its been bred into too many generations toreverse it.The only other thing that would probably get me to move over - is if they found better living conditions forthem poor hobbits. Im pretty sure I saw a 4 hour documentary on them a few years back. Its not their fault theyresmall, have wierd toes and smell a bit but hey so does the majority of the population! I feel discrimination plays a bigpart over there and that would have to change before I consider a move.I have well over 25 years of experience in IT, yet the NZ Immigration Policy does not recognise my experience due tome not having a level 7 qualification (I am one year from completing BSc Hons). So they discount my application forPermanent Residence as not having enough points to apply (I did previously have enough).It would be very beneficial to NZ Businesses, if they were involved in the application process, and had an input as towhat the criteria were. I understand that this does currently happens - on a limited scale - but do feel that theinvolvement does need to be increased so that businesses can attract the right kind of experienced persons andfamilies.I dont know what advice I have for those agencies, but one thing I do have to say is:I cant believe how expensive New Zealand is. I live in London - supposedly one of the most expensive cities in theworld. And yet, when I go back home to Auckland I am always shocked at how much everything costs. $10 for a bottleof beer in a pub? I can find a pint for less than £3 in London. Same goes with food and clothing. Even Auckland rent iscomparable to London (when you take into account exchange rates and earning ability). I dont know what the answeris. And I am aware that this may come across as a grumpy rant. But, given that New Zealand is on the other side ofthe world from almost everywhere, if you want to make it a more attractive destination then a good place to start is tomake it a less expensive one. Chur.Iam willing to give it 100% whatever I do.More competitive personal tax regime, greater ease of visas for Europeans and more business friendly tax authoritySupport with relocation and initial accommodation.New Zealand appeals because it has great weather, is a beautiful country, and has great people. The main obstacleto moving there is how far it is from most other places in the world. So focusing on the ease (if true) of transportbetween the UK and NZ would help. As would focusing on a quality of life so great that it would be worth it. Friday, October 19, 2012 4 of 19
  • To get you to live, work and/or invest in New Zealand, what advice do you have for New Zealand employers and businesses?To work - offer career progression and competitive salary with work / life balance, including flexible leave policies. NZis not likely to match UK salaries, but could compete on the work / life aspect.To live - The ethos of UK pubs, happy to host children, adults over 30 and dogs, authentically furnished witha welcoming and relaxing atmosphere.To work - Reasonable pay, a realistic ladder for progression, an all encompassing superannuation packageand 25+ days of annual leave. 10 years ago any employer willing to contribute to my student loan would havewon me over.Invest - More kiwis willing to take a punt on start ups and not just the seemingly secure blue chips.Try to Make job offers more available, like when people want to come over an live the whole process is quite hard ifyour over 30 because ya need a job offer to get visa/residency and ya cant apply for work until ya have it. Its a bit ofa circle unless your fully qualifies in a job where there is shortage or skilled. I was skilled and during the quakes I justwanted to help out and work to get Christchurch back on its feet and I wasnt allowed until visa came through whichwas a shame because I was will Inge to do anything. I am now a resident and am loving the fact that I am nowinvolved in the rebuild but for some people it is still hard and they are skilled workers with a lot to contribute to the NZeconomy.Invite the USA Eagles to play the All Blacks!make it possible to get a visa to work before getting a job (with conditions on type/catagory of job, location and/orsalary band if necessary)Advertise diverse lifestlyes that are available, with less focus on the adventure sports & winter angle as NZ is alreadyhighly regarded for these. What else is everyone doing in new Zealand? Provide some detail on who the mainenterprises are there and what they can offer.Simply need help with getting there, the costs involved are quite large (bringing my family over too), and the fees forthe various agencies do seem quite over the top. Does it really cost NZ$535 for an expression of interest just becauseI am from the other side of the world?Collate industries to give the scale of a big national powerhouse but operate like the small entrepreneural businesshub that New Zealand is.Be flexible - work hours etc. Offer payment of professional membership fees.Reduced taxes.Keep New Zealand clean, green and beautiful with fantastic people like the Global crewIt is important that businesses and economic development agencies strongly promote consumer perceptions ofsustainability along with the superior quality of life in New Zealand. As an island nation the most important element iswater. As a leader waters management and usage should be developed not just on land with energy and watersupplies etc but around the coast and across the Pacific by harvesting natural resources and cooperating with othernation states.To be able to demonstrate their business has growth potential and is at the cutting edge of its industry whilst stilloffering their employees a true work-life balance Friday, October 19, 2012 5 of 19
  • To get you to live, work and/or invest in New Zealand, what advice do you have for New Zealand employers and businesses?Offer comparable rates & conditions to Australia and other commonwealth countries.Circulate/advertise accessibility of visas and investment regulations for foreigners.Pay your employees more and invest in your workforce with benefits like training, maternity leave. Dont expect ppl tojust come back and be grateful to have a job.Play to NZs strengths- Promote wine and agritourism internationally, increase promotion on NZ ski resort towns. Withregards to ski resorts, the actual towns of Queenstown and Wanaka are much nicer than Australian ski towns, so thatfor me is a key draw add when looking at ski holidays.If competing on money alone for staff is not an option then there are other benefits for working in NZ, make theseavailable/ known, even promote them in conjunction to your business. Most expats know how good NZ is but alsohave to quantify a career and location move to NZ so its a matter of making NZ as attractive as possible with the joboptions at right levels for those people.Forbid kiwi workers from saying ay? after every sentence.Competitive salary rangr against Australia at least.guaranteed stability, every one already knows NZ is a great place.NZ is about a lifestyle. When I think of the draw cards that would pull me back its:• lifestyle - outdoors and accessibility, length of holidays and time to take off and enjoy• Raising a family – Safety, wholesome country.• Personal growth – Can I continue to be stretched and grown? Both on a professional and personal level?I feel that we should look to get a more work/life integration. Not balance. The places where I have enjoyed and alsobenefited the business the most are those places where my work/life has been integrated. I don’t have time to do allthe things like gym, training, music, reading and social outings and then a loaded work life. There has to be a meldingfor sustainability and fulfillment. Better for the individual and the company.Form a national football team and join the AFL! Better yet, just join AustraliaAfter playing a key role in assisting a NZ software start-up take its product to the global telecommunications market, Iwant to go back and help other kiwi tech companies to do the same. However, as I start networking and sounding outopportunities to do just that there doesnt seem to be much recognition of the value of the skills and experience thatthe kiwi diaspora can add to NZ businesses. I think NZ employers and businesses - particularly those looking toexport products and services - should think strategically about the key roles they require and proactively profile andtarget kiwis abroad rather than awaiting for their return. Otherwise, I fear, there will be little benefit from the NZ talentexport with attractive roles, salaries and challenges beyond the shores of Aotearoa preventing many a kiwi fromreturning home.Dont underestimate the older yoofs ( thats English for youth, I believe its what the kids are saying now!!!) pushing 38doesnt mean we are no use and dead and buried, more the opposite. life skills cant be taught or put into an exam andgiven out each year. They are earned to then share out. Whether its business, sport, or personal, bringing experienceamd knowledge to the younger generation alongside other proffesional indiviudals can only build upon th e growth ofNew Zealand both economically, diversly and proffessionaly. We are not too old to be a hindrance or too young to bedraw on others for constant support, we are just right to pass on, mentor and grow for the years to come.What is attractive about working in NZ is the culture and attitudes of the people. This is the reason why I will bereturning, and these social aspects should be advertised by businesses. Friday, October 19, 2012 6 of 19
  • To get you to live, work and/or invest in New Zealand, what advice do you have for New Zealand employers and businesses?Cant honestly see myself wanting to invest back in NZ any time soon.1. You get what you pay for & 2. The experience developed in more substantial overseas companies should beviewed as a significant advantage and not undervaluedZero income tax and I could be interested!Offer an excellent salary remunerationOffer an incentive to return to NZ (write off student loan debt, tax-free rent, free private health insurance,superannuation contributions, for example)Provide relocation budget and temporary accommodationPick another country ;)Work/Life balance is increasingly important to people living in all countries. In London where i currently livethere are a lot of flexible working options: from the ability to work from home when you like (which was neverheard of when i worked in NZ but seems common practice in London and increasingly throughout the UK), 35hour working weeks and for women, very flexible arrangements to help return to work after maternity leave.Whilst i only get paid to work 35 hours per week it certainly makes for a much better work life balance andthat combined with options to work from home either regularly or on occasion is also highly desirable. Ive looked at some job advertisements for roles in New Zealand and am still surprised that most do notindicate even a broad salary range - if you want to tempt people back you need to give them an idea of therange. Obviously this is something that is very common with all job advertisements in NZ. In the UK it wouldbe highly unusual to NOT at least give an indication - it actually also helps potential employees know whatlevel you are pitching your job at and to determine if they have the right level of experience. Annual leaveallowance is also an important consideration, not just the cash in hand. In job descriptions or accompanyinginformation why not state what some of the company benefits are at that stage? There might be a recessionon but if you want the best people to do jobs to come back to NZ and share their international experience youneed to make it easy for them to apply for suitable opportunities as they arise - giving a guide to salary andany extra employee perks or benefits is a must.Start paying some money! Until wage conditions are better in New Zealand, Australia and the UK will continue togobble up the best and brightest Kiwis.New Zealand is a pretty isolated place so play up to that. Try and attract the kind of people that "just want to get awayfrom it all" and enjoy doing things outdoors.Competitive salary.Put a good package together. Not just money based as you can always earn more overseas.Competitive salaries with the rest of the world and opportunity to live throughout NZ Friday, October 19, 2012 7 of 19
  • To get you to live, work and/or invest in New Zealand, what advice do you have for New Zealand employers and businesses?Ive not started to seriously think about moving home yet, but I guess my ultimate solution would be to work for amulti-national here in the UK but know there might be an option to relocate to a New Zealand based office in thefuture. Taking away the unknown of finding a job when moving back would really help.Promote the benefits of NZ to expats. Make the transition opportunity simple.Advertise jobs to expats whilst still living abroad and facilitate international interviews. The main concern for kiwisliving abroad is that we wont get jobs quickly and easily and at the same rate of pay so finding a job before you movehome is very appealing.Increase wages. The cost of living is so high in New Zealand.The issue of rising costs vs low salaries in New Zealand is one key matter that deters us from returning. Given this isprimarily based on the low population and economies of scale, theres little that can be done in the sort term,unfortunately. I dont suppose theres anything that can be done about the weather :) ?more dynamic roles and flexibilityMany advertisements for work in NZ imply that the candidate must already be physically present (in addition havingthe right to live and work there). With modern technology it is entirely feasible to conduct initial interviews withcandidates anywhere in the world, so employers and recruiters should work to eliminate bias towards local candidatesin cases where there is a real skills shortage.be flexible about pay, number of holidays, working hoursMatch salaries or contracting rates with AustraliaPay more - or if not feasible, be very flexible in terms of hours and work life balance as that is what people return for,so having it is a real advantage, dont have a "have to be at work 9-5" kind of employer relationshipYou need to convince people of the economic benefits of working/living in New Zealand as well as they lifestyle. Iwould also hi light the work culture. This is a big draw card nowadays that many employees consider.Flexible holidaysLobby the government to breakup that winter period in between June and October, with another public holiday or two.Christmas achieves that over here; and to invest more in urban public transport - removing the hassle of driving towork is always a good thing. A freedom to work agreement (as with Aust) with a few other local countries egSingapore or Chile may help too. Unlike Aust Id imagine kiwis would tend to return afterwards in greater numbers.Offer good remuneration packages, especially in the form of benefits. Generally the benefits packages overseas are alot more comprehensive than in New Zealand. Use any knowledge expat employees may have gained from their timeabroad to improve businesses where possible/relevant.New Zealand employers should be aware that the opportunity to specialise in diverse areas of work comes with thelarger scale of industry and business abroad. They should be open minded of the ability to transfer these skills in tothe more limited range of positions offered in New Zealand. Friday, October 19, 2012 8 of 19
  • To get you to live, work and/or invest in New Zealand, what advice do you have for New Zealand employers and businesses?Judge people with the skills and work experience doesnt only mean that one has in New Zealand. How is onesupposed to find work who has experience working in some other country and is now seeking work in New Zealand. Achance should be given to the employee to prove himself/herself.A very strong aspect going for NZ is the increased community feel, work life balance, and smaller business (by globalstandards). NZ will alway struggle to lure through money of seniority in global organisations. Focus should insteadrelate to the way of life, and willingness to try new things. Examples of this sort of innovative thinking that NZers takefor granted has been shown by Subway and McDonalds. -McDonalds use of hand held devices to speed surface; and-Subways online ordering (which after over 5 years use in NZ has only just been released in UK and only inLondon.)Both are relatively simple, yet work politics with larger numbers of stakeholders make these things achallenge in most organisations.I believe most people especially as the get more settled, get increasing interested onenjoying work, and money and heirarchal power I believe loose out to liking those you work with, and being able tosee the tactile improvements that have helped to create.Salaries competitive with Australia. Salary packages that ensure generous retirement packages. Expos of NZcompanies in UK - I still invest in NZ but it does get more difficult keeping up with info being so far away. Job roleswith opportunity for international travel. Openness and flexibility in the kind of job roles available - ask potentialcandidates what their perfect role looks like, yo might find that there is role that doesnt yet exist in your org that couldgenerate significant valueThe exchange rates to drop.Support for businesses wanting to set up online companies. Advice, marketing, tax and other financial benefits to bemade avaliable.Higher pay.increased job and pay opportunitiesWhen advertising jobs, include an indication of salary - job titles and experience in the UK are so different to those inNew Zealand, salary indication would give a better idea of the role, and also help returning expats to be realistic aboutsalaries which can take some time!Stating theyre open to interviews via Skype, or to supporting with relocation costs would also make applying for jobsmore appealingOn first migrating to NZ in 2004 I found it extremely difficult to break into the labour market. Iwas repeatidly providedthe excuse that I didnt have sufficient "NZ experience". I later found this was "code" for "we only really want to givejobs to New Zealanders".Possibly this is NZs way of coping with the brain drain; retain senior level jobs for NZrs only. But then please dontexpect experienced, qualified migrants to show up on your doorstep to take lower level roles in hopes ofadvancements that are reserved for others.I am male, US educated, certified in my field, and have lived/worked in over a dozen countries in 25 years. I gave uptrying to find an permanent role in NZ and sought contracting roles. I had multiple temporary contracts for 7 years, butnever an offer of employment. The "NZ Experience" attitude persisted for all of the 7 years and finally drove me to exitNZ for a job in Switzerland that is aligned with my qualifications, but was absolutely unattainable for me in NZ. I hadseveral colleagues in the same position and they have likewise departed NZ. So the best advice I can give you topromote NZ as a preferred destination for migrants is to drop the attitude.Growth and training for employees, especially those in the middle tier. Work/life balance. Friday, October 19, 2012 9 of 19
  • To get you to live, work and/or invest in New Zealand, what advice do you have for New Zealand employers and businesses?I believe that companies should be more able to hire overseas, I have a senior profile today and Im finding somedifficulties in doing interviews through internet. As I hold an important position in my country today, its hard to give upthis in order to make myself available in New Zealand to do interviews.Consider overseas workiing experience an asset as it shows a willingness to try new things, go outside of yourcomfort zone and appreciate different cultures.The opportunity to do things a little differently, with scope for flexibility to enjoy the lifestyle that NZ has to offer. Thereis no point trying to emulate the big countries - we need to differentiate ourselves as a destination of choice for expats.Companies need to show that as well as having a functional side they are innovative and willing to try something new.Compared to NZ, my job in London offers a lot more flexibility in my work plan, more developmental work and givesmore back to its employees in terms of social events and bonuses.Make coming home.more attractive by making it clear what opportunities there are and that there is life outsideAuckland. I would.also be I.interested in companies that operate worldwide or with a world wide focusI think a large majority of people returning to NZ are doing so for the lifestyle. Promote the lifestyle benefits - Nowherecompares to NZ in that area. Accommodate flexible work practices - hours and location.Ensure you maintain a friendly work environment with emphasis on a work and personal life balance. The big drawback for working in the UK is within the massive companies you feel like just a number and you are constantlyworking. Whereas in NZ I always felt like more than just an employee, almost a family feel and we were encouragedto spend time with our own families ensuring we werent burnt out.Introduce more wider wider breadth of roles and career choices, better pay, more technology enablement andflexibility in working conditions (working from home, hot desking, cloud solutions etc). NZ already is great for lifestyle,project it as place where you can have a great career alongside the lifestyle.Its unlikely ill return in the near future, but the key is to build a network and understThis is a huge issue for me and New Zealand. I lived and worked in NZ for 4 years of my professional career, in bothWellington and Auckland and am doubtful if I will ever be as fulfilled in my work as I was then.It is not the cost of living or the salary that will bring me home, but the wider context that is New Zealand, there needsto be more culture and opportunities. Not marly what I am able to work for and how much, but if I want to try a newdirection, is that going to be possible for me in such a small market? Therefore I am not sure that there is anythingthat NZ employers or businesses can do as I already think that they are generally great places to work, and NewZealand a great place to live. It is a wider issue of population, density and more breadth of industry that keeps anumber of New Zealanders from returning.Offer decent money and benefits. Giving up the lifestyle and opportunities in the UK is a big thing.Offer a good work/life balance. Falxible hours and advertise any potential to travel in the role, even if its domestic.Dont sell me on the benefits of living in NZ, I already know them. Sell me on career progression, dynamic work andthe ability to compete globally with emerging technologies. The ability to have a visible impact within a smaller marketsometimes outweighs anonymous work on a larger scale.Develop better online shopping facilities (which may include a more lenient returns policy than statutoryrequirements), a more vibrant arts/theatre scene. Friday, October 19, 2012 10 of 19
  • To get you to live, work and/or invest in New Zealand, what advice do you have for New Zealand employers and businesses?Think outside the box, find out what specific skills the employee has gained overseas - some skills are harder to gainwithin NZI dont understand what I could earn vs the cost of living in NZ. The cost of living seems so high when I go back tovisit, it pretty much kills the idea of returning. I feel like Id have to give up my lifestyle and standard of living, which Imnot prepared to do.Also, now I have a child, a better understanding of how the NZ education system compares to the UK one would help,and might even take the focus somewhat off our standard of living.But then I have no idea how to get this information across to people like me.....I will move home from London to Auckland if the following criteria are meet:- work life balance. I work hard in London and will be returning for lifestyle reasons so I whilst I expect to furtherdevelop my career in NZ I dont want to be working ridiculous hours and weekends (I hear some friends are doing thisand I think what is the point of going home? - might as well stay in London and earn more).- transport is satisfactory. I dont think I could cope with the wasted down time of being stuck in traffic jams. We wouldneed to find a location where we could run/bike/take public transport into work in Auckland.- the money has to enable the lifestyle I want (although I except it will be less than London)- sufficient annual leave (min 5 weeks)I think most businesses have a good understanding of the motivation for Kiwis to live overseas and travel for at leastsome amount of time. If this is something important to your employee then if you can support them with this you willhave a better chance at either retaining them as an employee (eg. Leave of absence and return to the same job) orthem returning to the business after their travels, you as a business will then benefit from their experience and skilldevelopment. Most kiwis I know do want to return home to settle, sometimes it is more a matter of when. If there areattractive job opportunities at home then the when will become a shorter time. NZ is a small market so the aspects ofa job that are attractive will be different from those overseas... Diversity in role, job flexibility, annual leave are some ofthe aspects that might be more important to someone returning to NZ.More flexibility around leave. Sorry - but NZ cant do much about its location - even though it has so much going for it.Employers need to allay potential fears/barriers of distance, isolation and the unknown; by instead enticing potentialnewcomers by embracing maori principals of whanau and papatuanuku in recruitment and relocation drives.Increase pay rates especially in provincial areas, offer better career progression, and provide more in house andexternal training.Provide the right career progression and remunerate accordingly. Also ensure you have an attractive benefit scheme(pension, gum membership, car allowance, annual bonus) that encompasses total reward, as this can be a factor indeciding who to work for.Concentrate on making the work experience the best they can. Thing like work/life balance and company culturesneed to be exceptional because that is where NZ will have a comparative advantage. Make it a more attractive placeto have a family.Businesses:- Really push the kiwi lifestyle and fantastic country we have and love.Employers:- Give assistance for relocation back to New Zealand, stress the importance of transferrable skills requiredwhilst working overseas and how they would relate to the opportunities offered. AND, again, really push the lifestyle ofNew Zealand!An interesting role with a good salary. Offering assistance to relocate and help us to resettle in NZ. Friday, October 19, 2012 11 of 19
  • To get you to live, work and/or invest in New Zealand, what advice do you have for New Zealand employers and businesses?I work in global product management creating new products. I would love to come back home but there are limitedopportunities where I could do a similar role and not just roll out the products that a parent company or larger m arkethas created. As a nation we are incredibly resourceful, innovative and have a unique can-do attitude. We have apowerful brand image which NZ companies can harness further to launch and succeed on the global stage. To comeback home I need businesses that are currently innovating and/or producing locally with an intent to continue, and anambition and drive to expand into new markets and territories. Employers often focus on the size or multi -nationalnature of a company, instead I want to see communication of the ambition and philosophy to explore new territoryand ideas and the opportunities for future growth.Make is easier for New Zealanders living abraod to get a job sorted before they leave their current country. I havehad a real stuggle with people calling me back and not wanting to due to costs etc.Be more proactive in raising educational levels for our children to compete internationally, it starts now. Raise the levelof second language training or learning, giving them exposure and appreciation of wider cultures and imagination.Bridge the international gap because NZ is so isolated physically.More focus on crime prevention and punishment. Enforce the law, less emphasis on traffic laws giving drivers ticketsetc for revenue, its criminals I am concerned with not the occasional drivers who went 10km/h over the speed limit.Rehabilitate the criminals and make crime pay not as a mere slap on the hand.Start to put people (who are born outside NZ) and naturalized in NZ in top jobs in bluechip companys because theyhave contacts and networks that takes a lifetime to established. They bring the business and imagination back towhere they live and raise their children. I left NZ because of poor job opportunities, very closed and guarded fraternityof traditional white NZ kiwi culture, conservativeness that are stifling. EEO is a joke in most commercial companiesthat bring in overseas revenues. It works in government but that is not a main revenue engine. Observe yourexplosive and world famous wine exports, how many owners and founders are native-born in NZ? Many come fromEurope a generation or two ago. They had to do it on their own and on their own terms.Get a grip on social welfare. People who are successful and who considers NZ as a future home is not lookingforward to handouts and not high income taxes to subsidise those who are reliant on handouts. Give people a reasonto be hardworking and successful. Work them too hard to achieve wealth and success, they will end up overseas , itdoesnt pay.NZ is dangerously, in my opinion, sitting on the slide on being insular more and more.Be open to interviewing candidates from abroad. Indicate this to your agency (many of whom put UK into the too hardbox, regardless of skills and experience match)Be willing to Skype interview and take the time to find the rightcandidate.Need competitive salaries and benefits.My advice would be to get NZ companies to start thinking about their " Overseas recruitment / repatriation" strategy,what does this look like or if they havent considered this, what would it look like. What benefits would we (overseasbased kiwi) bring to the company? Our view of Global issues and the impact on businesses and more importantlyrepsonse? Stategies, risk and Governance in response to global issues?In order for me to return to New Zealand to live and work it would need to offer me something that I cant get overhere. Something enticing enough to make me give up my ability to be in Paris in two and a half hours. Things like, if Icould run my own business, or at least be supported to develop the skills that I could one day. Or be able to create amore interesting life by possibly working untraditional work hours/patterns, Im meaning really untraditional - likeworking 9 months of the year and travelling for 3. Maybe be supported to do some further study or apply my skills to anew industry. Or have the opportunity to give back somehow, work with a community group to c reate a really positivechange. Something more than just a job and a paycheck. I came over here for the experience and I wont move homeunless I can continue the adventure.So if you want to attract people back home then youre going to have to be innovative. If youre just offering a job, thatwill be enough for some people - but probably not enough to attract back the adventerers that are out exploring thatyou want to bring back their energy, ideas and skills. What is it that you do for them that would add to their adventure? Friday, October 19, 2012 12 of 19
  • To get you to live, work and/or invest in New Zealand, what advice do you have for New Zealand employers and businesses?Many people who live overseas do so to gain international experience but I believe that many do come back to NewZealand eventually. It should be seen as a good thing by NZ as it means that in a few years time they willl welcomehome many skilled workers who can bring new and fresh ideas to grow NZ business to a high international standard.So NZers should be encouraged to go overseas but in saying this they do need a motivation to return. Firstly, thelifestyle in New Zealand is great is this is a positive to come home, the pay isnt great but there is probably not a lotyou can do about this given the current economy. What I would suggest is to provide these skilled workers with jobopportunities where they are encouraged to share their experiences and be respected and utilised for their uniqueskills they can offer. New Zealand is a great country but in my view it is not world leading so what would make mecome home is a role where I could really make a difference using the skills I have developed while workinginternationally.One of the biggest challenges to coming back (apart from the NZ Dollar / sterling exchange rate which is a majordeterrant at the moment) is not just finding a job for myself to come back to, but for my partner as well. Offeringsupport to help a partner find a job would help encourage people to come back.Improvement in the cost of living. New Zealand has a great environment, enough business activity to sustain a healthycareer. The price of food, transport and other every day necessities is highly overpriced compared to salaries.Better payClean green imageStrong NZ/global brandsSalaries/remuneration linked to performance, not just simply a fixed salary with a target bonus percentage. Ie. beingrewarded for the effort you put in.My time is important to me, so I would be looking for a job that shows challenge, variety and most importantly flexibleworking times, i.e 4 days per week, or one day work from home. It seems many people want to have flexibility toenjoy their lives, to do this, either shorter working hours, or more flexibility in start finish times.I would like an interesting role with flexibility e.g. flexible work hours and the ability to work from home.Keep it simple, dont oversellFor long-term expats, opportunities to minimise reverse culture-shock and also assistance for foreign partnersreturning with expats in terms of work and social opportunities.Think global and export because NZ market is simply not big enough. Immerse yourself in other markets to get toknow what they want, and never assume its the same as NZ market preferences.The only thing that will get me to live back in NZ (if I cant get visa extensions) will be when I want to start a family.Working in NZ isnt hugely enticing - small market, less pay, less opportunity - but the potential to work for a companywho appreciate their employees and reward them with non-monetary lifestyle benefits can go a really long way. Weknow money is not great in NZ, but if this can be off-set by other things like gym memberships, healthcare it doesmake a position more appealing.Use Linked In to connect with individuals who will be returning to NZ as this is a very common network site in the UK.Have an attractive savings account/low fees to transfer money back to NZ for individuals who are working in the UKbut saving money. Friday, October 19, 2012 13 of 19
  • To get you to live, work and/or invest in New Zealand, what advice do you have for New Zealand employers and businesses?want same salary as UK, and high quality team to work withNew Zealand is seen as a wonderful place to bring up a family and this is what is attracting us back to New Zealand.However, here in the UK my husband and I work in organisations with flexible working policies and working fromhome initatives. The concept of agile working does not appear to have been embraced by New Zealand businesses.Having more agile workers allows them more family time and has proven to increase productivity. Effectively usingtechnology (skype, interest and phone) means you can operate very successfully more virtually. There no longerbecomes the concept of out-ofthe-office you are always connectable.Therefore, on returning to New Zealand my husband and I will be conciously looking for organisations that offerflexible working or are keen to embrace this way of working. The key reason we are returning to New Zealand is forfamily and lifestyle but if we are unable to find a working situation which complements that we will be reluctant to giveup our lives here in the UK. Very happy to discuss further if anyone is interested.introduce better policies i.e. working from homeadvertise to overseas people - if i was thinking about coming home theright job would make me come home earlierNeed lower interest rates, export costs and conversion rates are too highBe open to new ideas and approaches to working practices through the use of technology, such as; paperless offices,drop in offices, working remotely, video conferencing, instant messaging.Have a broad vision and think globally. Be more efficient and competitive in the global market. Employ people withinternational background.Interesting roles - expansion of NZ companies globally. Good salaryThink global as the world is becoming a smaller place, focusing on NZ only is not that interesting for those of us whohave had a broader more global viewThey need to offer interesting positions with competitive benefits/income. LIving abroad it is disheartening to comparesalaries and benefits with those similar in New Zealand. Especially in regards to the cost of living. Another importantfactor is the possibility of work related travel. If moving back to New Zealand from being abroad, you definitely missthat factor in NZ business life.Invest in your employees - think about future markets / economies not in time scale of 1-2 years more so like 5. Beready for change its going to happen and engage with the right team to get you through. The future is changing - retailis changing.The main reason I have come to work in the UK is the much larger scale of projects in terms of spend and globalexposure, so if companies in NZ can expand into the Asia Pacific region and beyond, and prov ide opportunities towork on projects that go beyond NZ and potentially overseas secondments. The other key thing is that when I thinkabout returning to NZ I know that I will have to make a sacrifice in salary. Australia still appears very appealing - stillclose to friends/family and a good lifestyle, but remuneration is more competitive.Often jobs ads in NZ dont mention the salary. Most other places in the world mention salary.There is often no mention of relocation support. When I moved from the UK to Australia a few years back I was givena very generous relocation support package.NZ cities can seem small compared with places where ex-pats work. I would be most interested in a job that enablesme to maintain my international links, through conference travel and secondments etc.Salary needs to increase to be at par with Australian salaries. Friday, October 19, 2012 14 of 19
  • To get you to live, work and/or invest in New Zealand, what advice do you have for New Zealand employers and businesses?It needs to be attractive for people to return to NZ - if the wages are significantly lower, and need to stay that way dueto the economy, then another way to entice people to return or stay needs to be found. Be that tax breaks, or studentloan concessions, or free car parking!Provide flexibility in lifestyle. For example I get a lot more paid leave than I typically would in nz.A few tax incentives would also help.Also remember most expats return to home for family reasons. So dont think you need to be too cleaver with benefitsNz is a great place !They need to demonstrate that there is the range of opportunities available and career progression opportunities.There is a perception that NZ is unable to offer a wide variety of job opportunities particularly at a senior level.I have recently tried to settle back in New Zealand. Although New Zealand will always be home. However, as an HRinformation specialist, there is not the calibre or range of jobs in New Zealand as there is in a larger market. Becauseof the size of the job market, I found it difficult to find a good company fit. For me, in my current career, I have lookedoff shore for jobs and have been successful in securing employment before returning to the UK. For me to return toNew Zealand, I would need to have a career change, and so any employment there would potentially need to comewith training.There has to be a rethink by NZ business that experience gained overseas is actually of value to NZ employersparticularly as many of the companies are exponentially greater than their NZ equivalents. Having had to employ inNZ, too often I have seen my fellow employers disregard overseas experience as often it is difficult to assess but not ifboth the recruiting companies/employers are prepared to make the effort.Equal opportunity in NZ requires a change in the assessment of "ability and performance" , which are based primarilyon "qualification and productivity". The former could be verified by industry specific interviews & tests, while the latter,especially, could be based on relevant KPIs which are largely quantitative, as qualitative measurements are morelikely to be subject to perception and bias.Be brave and recognise the skills that kiwis develop working overseas. Income security is important so its hard tomake the call to come back to NZ without a job. If employers were more open to hiring direct from overseas thatbarrier can be eliminated. Those with international experience, who are coming back to NZ for the right reasons(family, lifestyle etc), have far more insight to offer than those candidates who havent left NZ. Video calling a nd Skypecan eliminate the need to interview someone in person these days. Agencies need to recognise this too! Dont let thefact someone isnt in NZ yet as a reason you shouldnt interview them!Engage globally in IT, finance & all services & operations with the Northern Hemisphere as a cost competitive &government supported way to take advantage of the New Zealand time zone & globally recognised professionals. Thismodel established in other countries, will make the economy more vibrant & m ake New Zealand an even moreattractive place to live.Need more roles for my specialism. Salaries that would entice me to leave the UK. Roles that actively are recruited foroverseas. When applying for roles in NZ there is the expectation that companies would rather take a NZ candidateand sacrifice international experience for convenience.Highlight the wider NZ environment and lifestyle as unique drawcards that no other country has. Try to remaincompetitive with Australia - people looking to come to NZ to live/work are probably looking at Australia as well. Look atwhat is being done over the ditch and how you can remain a preferred option.The pay should be competitive and the workplaces fair. Ive heard from many friends that employers are workin gemployees to the ground and there are workplace culture issues.Work hard, play hard. I lived in London for three years and absolutely loved the work/life balance that I had there. Iwas very fortunate that I had a great remuneration package at the company I worked for. Base salary plus resultsbased bonus plus 5 weeks annual leave AND we were also given between Xmas and New Years off "for free". Lotsof team events, staff functions and general celebration when a job is well done. I have been back in NZ now for over18 months and what I see is that we work hard, work hard, work hard and sometimes the play hard bit gets leftbehind. We are by nature a very hard working bunch of people (as the UK job market knows very well), but I thinksometimes we need to stop and say yea we did a good job on this project, lets reward ourselves. And I dont meanmoney, I mean team days out, work functions, a Friday afternoon off perhaps. A lot of people dont even get to taketheir 4 weeks annual leave each year because their is just too much going on. Happy, healthy staff will be much moreproductive than run down, stressed out ones :-) Friday, October 19, 2012 15 of 19
  • To get you to live, work and/or invest in New Zealand, what advice do you have for New Zealand employers and businesses?The company I currently work for has an excellent values based culture. I feel valued and am able to manage my workand family life well. I returned to NZ after a 10 month working holiday and now have a two year old and a one year old,my family and career are harmonious and I couldnt be happier.Emphasise the lifestyleand the laid back atmosphereAdvertise work / life balance, hours, perks, roles available.Be willing to source talent from around the world as many people would love to live and work in NZ for lifestylereasons. Prepare to offer relocation packages as this makes an offer very appealing.New Zealand is never going to be able to compete for professionals purely based on salaries. We move back forfamily and lifestyle.As employers looking to bring people back, the focus should be on total packages that enable potential employeesgreater flexibility, non financial rewards (CPD & Networking ops, variation in roles, different leave packages etc).For myself, I am a NZ CA with 6 years PQE and not looking to return for another couple of years, I looked around butat my level (especially in Wellington) there are a limited number of roles that appeal (not wanting to drop down to aFinance Manager level). Clear career progression should be spelt out in job specs to make sure that potentialemployees are aware that there is scope to move upwards.New Zealand business are simply unable to compete for the best talent in terms of remuneration. Businesses fromother nations can always outbid you. Instead focus on the lifestyle. New Zealand is a fantastic place to live. Its justvery expensive and the jobs are comparatively low paid. However if a job there meant I would have more time to enjoythe place Im living - say through either more vacation time, flexible working hours/arrangements then the offer wouldbe more competitive.If I could earn a decent living in New Zealand and had enough time off during the year to really enjoy the place I wouldbe tempted. For instance 3 months vacation a year (even if most of it was unpaid) would probably even the playingfield for New Zealand in my view. If you cant compete on pay you need to find another way to differentiate yourselves.The reason I came back to live and work in NZ after spending time living in the UK was the NZ lifestyle and (relatively)low population. Salary levels tend to be lower and job opportunities are fewer, so employers and businesses shouldmake it clear to the candidates they want to attract that they really can have a good work/life balance to make themost of living in New Zealand. This might mean offering things like additional annual leave, non-financial benefits suchas health insurance, perhaps opportunities to travel within New Zealand and/or Australia/Oceania/Asia and to spendtime outdoors as part of the job. This is the type of stuff I would be attracted to if looking for current NZ-based jobopportunities.Overseas experience in larger companiesProvide the same type of supperannuation benefits as Australia.More attractive "Return to NZ packages" need to be advertised in overseas recruitment markets. Carrots such asflights, relocation costs, salaries respectful of experience, distinctive career paths mapped out following jobadvertised.Provide an interesting, energetic workplace with a vision for the future and opportunities for employees to reach andfurther their potential. Invest in people, research, development and the future of the business.Its about tapping into the things we cant get here. I find businesses here are very slow moving and weighed down bylegacy processes. Offer the chance to work in a fast-paced, dynamic organisation where the emphasis is on gettingstuff done and giving customers a good experience. And pay well for it! Friday, October 19, 2012 16 of 19
  • To get you to live, work and/or invest in New Zealand, what advice do you have for New Zealand employers and businesses?Pay more and offer roles in expanding companies.Project relevance in an international market place. Top roles in New Zealand should be projected as just as relevant,exciting and complex, with the same transferrable skills, as the equivalent roles in larger financial centres, irrespectiveof the likely scale adjustment.I would not advocate the lifestyle change associated with the move as a primary driver. That should remain anunstated bonus rather than a focus. The point is the top applicants should not feel they are giving up careeradvancement by the relocation, and that they will maintain the skills to remain competitive with international peers.The needy, desperate plea from our national anthem, “make our praises heard afar”, comes from a time we wereisolated and felt less significant. This attitude is outdated. By projecting confidence and relevance we don’t need toplead to be heard, but rather assume we are and act accordingly.I am a teacher, and I would like to be able to get a job before returning to NZ. Not sure whether this would work at all,but would like to know that I can get an interview before paying for the lfight!I would also like to have a way of getting fairly cheap accomodation for working in the public sector.I am looking at returning to New Zealand next year and have been trying to weigh up whether I would be best offworking in Australia rather than New Zealand.New Zealand employers and businesses need to put together good employment packages (salary and benefits).Many of us are overseas as we like having the opportunity to travel and further our careers. If employers andbusinesses are flexible with holidays and can match salaries (or be close to Australia) then more individuals would bemore enthusiastic about working in New Zealand. Career development is important and if a employer or business canshow that there are opportunities to move up the ladder they will be more attractive.The impression in the United Kingdom is that New Zealand salaries are quite low, but after recently talking torecruiters back in New Zealand I have found out that they are not as low as I expected. Employers and businessesneed to work at changing this perception as it is a big deterrent and leads to individuals choosing Australia over NewZealand.Another perception that needs to be worked on is that individuals believe you get paid more in Australia. The pay maybe better but the cost of living is also higher, so in the end New Zealand can work out as a better choice.Provide challenging opportunities with plenty of scope for change. Since arriving in the UK, my experience hasdeveloped incredibly (in only 2 years), to the point where Im not sure I will find a role suitable when I return to NZ asthe opportunities are just not available, I am considering the option of moving to Australia as I know their job marketoffers roles that are more suited to my experience and qualifications.Its a hard one! We left London after 4 years (mostly to be closer to family and buy a house). I was worried I wasntgoing to find a decent job with half as much pay as I got in London, but turns out I managed to get a really good roleand great salary package. It was through contacts who also had worked in London before and they wanted peoplewith good experience and generally good personality/work ethic. So I think that if kiwis overseas see that there arereally good opportunities here, where their worldy experience will be valued and that they dont have to take amassive pay cut, they might think more seriously. I also have a friend in Aussie who was asking how long it took us toget jobs when we got back - it was less than a week! So if businesses are prepared to get the interview process rollingprior to them moving home thats a bonus.Greater availability of high level jobs with competitive salaries. Earning power is a lot higher in the UK so it is harder tomove back to NZ in that respect.Nothing they can do at the moment - at this stage i want to be able to travel easily to a large number of countries andcontinuely work directly for large organisation (the area of law i currently work in will never provide the opportunity ihave hear in NZ - but this doesnt mean i wont come home, i will just not yet)- Recognise flexible working hours policy to enable migrant employees to maximise the "lifestyle" benefits the NewZealand offers (this will help to offset the potential pay gap that one may have to absorb when moving down-under) Friday, October 19, 2012 17 of 19
  • To get you to live, work and/or invest in New Zealand, what advice do you have for New Zealand employers and businesses?Pay me a decent salaryMake wages comparable to cost of living - nz is too expenseive for day to day living (groceries, eessntials, etc)Increase salaries and the work placeEnable candidates to apply and be offered roles before returning to NZ. In my own case, if I were offered a NZ jobtomorrow, I would return immediately.You need to leverage Internet and social media to more accurately target people living overseas. Most ex -pats areinterested in what is going on back home and in hearing about any exciting opportunities in NZ, whether they be forwork or investment. You can use existing resources like Facebook and LinkedIn as cheap ways to stay in touch withex-pats. Resources like Track Me Back are also an excellent and pleasing development to see.It needs to be more interesting - in a cultural sense there needs to be more going on, rather than sport/outdoors beingthe sole focus.Auckland city needs to be made liveable - less traffic, more pedestrian places, more things for inner-city dwellers to do- e.g. festivals or events. And not dead after 6pm when all offices close down.Value overseas experience!Create appropriate tax incentives (that is more a comment for the Government of NZ I appreciate)Advertise your positions where they will attract the attention of expatsEmployers need to pay higher salaries in order to compete with Australia and businesses need to reduce the price ofproducts given the fact that the same product is always cheaper overseas and readily available for purchase o nline.See International experience as a talent that is much more beneficail to an organisation than just NZ experiene. Dontadvertise positions looking for candiates that have worked in the NZ market over the last 5 years. People living andworking in NZ need to relaise, the NZ market is tiny compared to the rest of the world and the overseas marektexperience returning kiwis bring back should be invaluable. Its not just the professional global experience that comesback to NZ, but the openmindedness and life experieces that you just dont get in NZ.Treat people equally do not treat people differently because of the colour of their skinSalaries need to be competitive in the international marketThink outside the square when recruiting and be open to work experience gained abroad. Even if their skills dontnecessarily translate on paper for the role youre recruiting for, theyll bring a wealth of transferable skills.The government needs to tackle the high cost of living in NZ. For example, address the fact that I can buy NZ exportfoodstuffs (lamb, butter etc) cheaper in London than in NZ. Address the unreasonably high cost of broadband, mobilephone data rates etc.Auckland and Wellington will never be able to compete with other global cities in terms of pay rates, but they can worktowards moving up the list of "best cities in the world to live".Provide job security, flexible working and a good salary package including benefits. Friday, October 19, 2012 18 of 19
  • To get you to live, work and/or invest in New Zealand, what advice do you have for New Zealand employers and businesses?Invest for long-term - number 8 wire attitude has to go - no more of the short-term piecemeal approach toinfrastructure.NZ cant afford to sit back with a shell be right attitude - we need to be more aggressive in taking businessopportunities and backing the successful NZ companies to re-invest locally rather than being sold off to overseasinterests once they get to a certain size.NZ Inc needs to be braver in its decision-making to take the steps to where it wants to be in the next 10-20 years.Flexible working arrangements, including remote working, are the norm in my sector in London, and not only forparents as seems to be the case in NZ. Employers should be more creative when trying to attract talent.Remember that quality of life will always be NZs main advantage, and environmental and social policies have a biggerimpact on that than short term financial decisions.Interesting well paid roles made available, possible re-location benifits, career progressionpay more.support better transport links throughout the country!Expand Investment Banking industry to create more opportunities.I will be returning anyway in 3-4 years due to family and friend connections.That they offer competitive salary packages and a work life balance as a lot of New Zealanders are returning for thelifestyle. The other suggestion is that there is more flexibility with leave with companies not forcing individuals to takethe bulk of their annual leave entitlement over the Christmas period so those returning can still afford to travel.NZ is home and we will return one day. It also has a good work/life balance but not a good disposable income.Employees want to have their cake and eat it - my advice would be to increase wages/salaries and/or providepackages and bonuses that incentivise employees not only to perform but to return.I have grown used to the commute whilst working in London and attitude to being able to work from home, in casesomething happens to the rail network. This has improved my quality of life. Whilst Auckland has the best careerprospects, my concern is the price of living and houses. When I move back in 18 months, I will most likely have to liveon the very outskirts of Auckland but work in the CBD, which will equate to at least one hour commuting. NZ offersquality of life and that is why I will move back, however I would like to know that the Auckland infrastructure can offer agood commute and my potential employer will be flexible and acknowledge that employees will now be commuting forperhaps 3 hours a day.you cant compete on wages even with the uk exchange not being what it used to be so dont try. I work for a companyin London that makes working from home on Fridays compulsory. its a great perk. It would be great to have that in nz.Or even 4 day working weeks. like most people coming back to nz it is for lifestyle and weather. there is no pointhaving lifestyle and weather if you are working 50 hour plus weeks.Better marketing in overseas countries of the opportunities available back home. Australia does it much better.In the UK businesses seem to emphasise the other benefits their company offers beyond salary (eg health insurance,ride to work schemes, employee benefits). I see very little of this when looking at NZ employers. Friday, October 19, 2012 19 of 19