To become an accredited employer, the business entity must have a sound financial position evidenced by indicators, such as revenue, profit, equity level, capital, reserves, ability to meet the financial cost of employing employees, by providing company financial statements for at least two years. In addition, an appropriate Human Resources plan, the business plan, the health and safety policies practiced are all to be provided. Further, evidence of having good workplace practices, and evidence of commitment to training and employing New Zealanders are also to be provided. Accordingly, a newly established business is not able to be an accredited employer. However new business that has evidence of a proper business plan, and able to provide evidence that the employer tried recruiting someone locally from New Zealand (a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand) for a "temporary" position but couldn’t find any New Zealanders available to do the work, can recruit from overseas to fill that temporary position. If the temporary work falls in an occupation that is on Essential Skills in Demand list, then the employer can also employ overseas workers without checking if any NewZealanders are available to do that work. The employment must have the normal New Zealand salary application for that type of work.
How can I become an accredited employer who can hire foreign workers in New Zealand?
I just set up a new business in New Zealand. I am already a citizen. I would like to hire my friend, who is an Indian national, to work for my company. How can I apply to become an accredited employer?
There is a link on INZ website outlining the requirements for accreditation application. However a newly set up business may not be an ideal candidate. It depends on the type of business you are running and the current organizational structure and HR policies.
Accreditation process is a very lengthy and difficult process and unlikely to work for a new company. I suggest even if you are going to try, seek professional assistance.