Recruitment of Skilled Migrants from the Philippines.

Ethical, compliant recruitment of skilled migrants to New Zealand requires a full and complete focus on the required processes. Speak to us first before recruiting directly from the Philippines. There are specific requirements that employers must become aware of.

Industry-based skill shortage is recognised as an issue for New Zealand employers.

The NZ Government's published list of Immediate Skill Shortages and Long Term Skill Shortages enables employers to provide employment to migrants with suitable training and experience where there is an absence of New Zealanders available.

RecruitNZ has expertise not just in recruitment methods for recruiting from overseas, but also in obtaining working visas to reduce your timeline from application to feet on the ground.

There are strict rules and processes to be followed, and in some cases country-specific criteria, so employers wishing to recruit from overseas are well advised to use the services of an experienced recruitment agency.

Our International Recruitment team will be happy to advise on all aspects of recruiting from the Philippines. To get started, please .


RecruitNZ is a registered recruitment partner with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration. You can be sure our processes are correct, ethical and compliant.


Duty of Care is One of Our Core Values.

After recruiting your skilled migrant workers, we wish to ensure that they arrive safely and settle in to life in New Zealand quickly.

Responsibility for airport transfers for newly arriving Filipino workers lies with the employer, but we are able to manage this on your behalf should you wish us to.

Employers must also arrange accommodation for a minimum period after arrival and we are able to undertake this for you also.

We will be in touch with you and your new workers within the first 90 days of their employment to make sure that all is well for both parties.

We will also make contact for a six month check and again at twelve months - because we wish to ensure that all is well for your employee and that they are performing to your expected standard.

We will do our best to ensure that your recruitment is as expected - from start to well beyond the employee commencement date.


Employ Skilled Migrants Already In New Zealand!

We have a number of skilled migrants who are already in New Zealand, seeking employment - and a huge selection of pre-screen candidates waiting for job offers from employers. While the visa requirements still need to be completed, this is often a more time-effective method of recruiting. You will still have the opportunity to interview and trade test, but the selection and pre-screening process has already been taken care of.


Costs Involved with Migrant Recruitment

There are one or two additional costs specific to this type of recruitment but costs otherwise are in line with the cost of local recruitment. In almost every case, off shore recruitment is a sound investment. Employees from the Philippines are very engaged in their work and are very productive. They get along with most people and are happy to be working in New Zealand. Filipinos stay in a job for longer than New Zealanders as a rule and do not become restless as many other cultures do. Often (although not always) you will be recruiting a slightly more mature person who contributes well in many unexpected ways.

Costs include the one-off payment to the Philippines Government Agency (POEA), the Working Visa (which can only be obtained through POEA) and recruitment agency costs.

Where a recruitment agency such as RecruitNZ is used, the follow-up HR processes are included, as is the position description, candidate screening and the 90-day review. You will be free to carry on running your business - and, importantly, you will have a fully resourced business - meaning you are able to take on more projects and contracts.

Here is a summary of how overseas recruitment works

We partner with Government accredited agencies in the Philippines to recruit specific roles in order to comply 100% with requirements. If you’d like us to recruit for you, we would like to meet you to find out more details and to discuss the process in more detail.

Our overseas recruitment partners initially identify a candidate short-list. From there, we start the process of collecting CVs and candidate screening.

As well as work related questions, we will be assessing English language skills, visa eligibility and motivation for moving to NZ.

We then share details for the best candidates with you for your feedback – saving you time and effort.

Once all the screening and testing results are in, we’ll arrange Skype interviews.

If you are happy with the candidate(s), we conduct the usual pre-employment checks and reference checking.

Every situation is different, but generally speaking, the process will be the same. To get more information specific to your business and industry, please contact us for a one to one discussion on available migrant employees already in New Zealand, and those who are available via Philippines Overseas Employment Agencies.

Why recruit in the Philippines

Why recruit from the Philippines?

We work with a Government-accredited agency in the Philippines to ensure the recruitment process is following the strict regulatory requirements of the Philippines Government. Filipino workers are well thought of, as they are generally:

  1. Very skilled and experienced workers: Filipinos have high standards of work and excellent qualifications – which translate well into NZQA standards.
  2. They speak great English: the education system in the Philippines teaches English from a young age, so the majority of Filipinos are fluent English speakers.
  3. Great work attitude: Filipinos are dedicated and hard workers. They are problem solvers and enjoy harmonious environments and relationships – i.e. they are great team players.
  4. Very motivated to move to New Zealand: Filipinos are familiar with New Zealand life, culture and values, and can’t wait to move here.
  5. Recruitment connections: We have partners on the ground who have a list of candidates waiting for us.

We are with you all the way - taking care of the processes & paperwork