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Skilled labour shortage

Trade Assist Government on skilled labour shortage

Everyone knows that there is a huge housing shortage in New Zealand. So, if you run a construction company, everything should be rosy, right?
Well, it would be if there weren't several obstacles preventing you from picking up the tools, like a severe lack of skilled labour.

Yes, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, New Zealand needs 50,000 to 60,000 more skilled workers — particularly plumbers, electricians, engineers and building and project managers — by 2022.

How did it come to this?

Unfortunately, for many school leavers, the trades don't appear glamourous enough. There is a perception that construction lacks creativity, which we all know is far from the case. And, of course, there are other recent developments like out-of-control population growth in Auckland, the Christchurch and Kaikōura earthquakes as well as earthquake strengthening in Wellington.

What’s the solution?

Thankfully, the Government is proposing a plan to address the issue: the KiwiBuild Skills Shortage List. The purpose of the list is to speed up the process of hiring overseas workers, so long as those workers have the skills New Zealand’s construction industry sorely needs.

Here is a summary of the facts:

  • The KiwiBuild Skills Shortage List would speed up the immigration process for overseas workers with skills required in New Zealand.
  • There would be an employer accreditation pre-approval model for employers that exhibit good practices. This model would provide employers wanting to hire overseas workers flexibility an certainty.
  • To mitigate the risk of worker exploitation and undercutting Kiwi wages, labour-hire companies would have to meet specific requirements to gain accreditation.

For more information, here is an informative PDF from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

What are the standards for accreditation?

We’re pleased to say that Trade Assist is Immigration New Zealand (INZ) accredited. To follow are the standards that employers must meet:

  • Robust health and safety
  • Decent employment conditions including wages, training and skills development
  • Sound business practices
  • Good pastoral care (systems in place to care for employees’ emotional and physical well-being).

Do you need skilled labour?

Thanks to our network, we have access to a wide range of skills required in the construction industry. So, if you are looking for skilled labour, please call one of our recruitment consultants on 0800 999 599 or send us an email.

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