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Kiwis Returning Home Become Hot Property For Employers

Kiwis Returning Home Become Hot Property For Employers

In some sectors New Zealanders are now returning home and are more attractive to employers due to their valuable overseas skills combined with their local knowledge. This is one of the findings of the latest Hays Quarterly Report, out now and covering July to September 2012.

While New Zealand has a flow of candidates both in and out of the country, certain sectors such as resource and mining is seeing a reversal of recent trends. Those who left in recent years to go work in the Australian market are now returning to local jobs.

Jason Walker, Managing Director of Hays in New Zealand says while New Zealand receives high volumes of overseas applications from skilled and experienced candidates, the first preference is for local talent.

“New Zealand employers often resist overseas applications and remain very specific in their requirements, which typically include candidates with local New Zealand experience,” said Jason.
“As a result, those Kiwi’s who are returning home from overseas are viewed very highly since they possess both New Zealand experience as well as valuable international skills.”

New Zealanders returning from overseas are also more attractive to employers as they are viewed as more stable.

“Hiring managers like the idea that when they employ someone who has travelled and already had their overseas experience, they are more likely to stay in the country,” said Jason. “It’s valued highly that these candidates have more life experience and have gained some commercial experience from working for a company offshore. It means that you’ve got a bit of get up and go, are investigative and have experienced what life has to offer, and you’ve got that out of your system and can really focus on the career at hand.”

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While New Zealand has been impacted by losing talent overseas, some have remained due to the global economic conditions. Legal professionals, for example, are staying in their current roles since UK and offshore firms have only a limited number of opportunities and are very particular in relation to candidate experience.

Hays, the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people.


About Hays
Hays is the leading global specialist recruiting group. We are the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in Asia Pacific and the UK and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe and Latin America. We operate across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments.

Hays employs 7,988 staff operating from 247 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2011, Hays reported net fees of £672 million and operating profit of £114 million and placed around 60,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 190,000 people into temporary assignments. 31% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific.

Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA.


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