How COVID-19 has damaged the immigrant workforce in New Zealand

New Zealand has fared well in this pandemic compared to most other countries.

We’ve only seen 26 deaths here and considering the total global figure is 3 million, that’s nothing short of miraculous.

But while being a small nation on the edge of the world helped keep the virus at bay, it also meant that the economy took a massive hit.

The immigrant workforce has dropped because of both economic and travel restrictions, resulting in a negative impact on Kiwi business.

The first lockdown

It was in January of 2020 that the first lab-confirmed case of Covid-19 outside of China was reported.

Exactly 3 weeks later New Zealand temporarily banned the entry of foreigners from, or who have travelled through, mainland China as well as making homecoming Kiwis self-isolate for a fortnight.

As the virus outbreak turned into a pandemic, a month later all people arriving in to the country had to self-isolate, not just those from China.

The country’s first death occurred on March 29th, but due to the lockdown, travel restrictions and social distancing rules, the country was declared free of Covid-19 on June 8th, just over two months later.

With sporadic outbreaks since, the country has yet to fully open up, and international travel is still limited.

Travel bubble with Australia

In October 2020, it was announced that New Zealand travellers could go to Australia with the need to stay in quarantine, although not the other way around.

This meant that workers could leave New Zealand but not come in, something which added further strain to the immigrant workforce here.

This month, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that Australian and New Zealand residents will be able to travel between the two nations without having to quarantine, which will hopefully signal the beginning of a return to normality.

New Kiwis annual marketing campaign

This month we are launching the inaugural New Kiwis Annual Marketing Campaign, which aims to promote job vacancies to both employers and employees.

This year’s campaign will good news stories in the face of the pandemic, highlighting the importance of hiring skilled migrants.

The campaign this year will also focus on how employers’ perceptions have changed compared to previous years regarding the contribution of their migrant employees dealing with COVID restrictions.

Why a company should come to us for staff

It can be difficult finding the right fit for the right position, which is why it is worthwhile for a company to invest time and money into the search.

We have been providing highly-skilled immigrant workers to New Zealand businesses for years, growing in reputation and scope.

Our service is free and provided by Auckland Business Chamber and Immigration New Zealand, so you don’t have to worry about budget, cost or overheads.

New Kiwis has over 10 thousand jobseekers registered in our files, and in recent months, due to the pandemic, new registrations are generally higher-skilled, with more middle-management skills becoming apparent.

If you’re looking for hard-working, highly-skilled employees, then we can help.

Why immigrants should come to us for work

Finding a job can be tough.

Finding one as an immigrant can be even harder.

That’s why we help people find work. Through us, you can learn about the most effective ways of finding jobs in New Zealand.

We can help you understand the working environment here, the importance of networking and how to deliver a great interview.

But we don’t just show you how to look for a job, we help you find one.

Currently, we have roughly 500 vacancies on our site; jobs available and looking for the right person to step into those shoes.

On average we have 300 new businesses register with us each year, potential employers who download hundreds of CVs trying to find the right person for the job.

If you are an immigrant in New Zealand looking for work, then we are your best chance.

And our service is 100% free.

If you would like to know more about how we can help you find a job in New Zealand then please register with us today and lets get the ball rolling on finding you work.