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2022 – What a year!

2022 – What a year! December 22, 2022 2022 has been a year of big changes. With New Zealand borders finally opening, the CCR team got busy with processing Visa applications and recruiting workers from overseas to our beautiful country. We are grateful to our clients for entrusting us with their immigration and recruitment needs. It was a privilege for us to support you. We also want to remind you that our office will be closed for the summer holidays. We will close on December 23rd at 5 pm and reopen on January 9th at 9am.   Fieldays During November 30 – December 3, we were an exhibitor at the biggest agricultural event in the country: National Fieldays. It was exciting to see some familiar faces and make new connections. We got to network, see other exhibitors and take part in tractor racing. It was good to see the New Zealand agriculture industry come together to learn from each other and have fun. But most importantly, it was amazing to see YOU! Thank you to everyone who visited our site and participated in the giveaways.  Pasko Sa Nayon We were happy to support PASKO SA NAYON organized by the Waikato Filipino Association in Hamilton on December 3rd. It was exciting to celebrate Christmas with the Filipino community with an evening of fun and dancing. Our very own Managing Director Andrea Ryan was happy to give a speech in support of the event. We are happy to have ended the year on a high note, by celebrating Christmas with the Filipino community.  Looking back on 2022 As the year is coming to an end, we wanted to reflect on what we have accomplished in 2022. Even though the closure of the borders made it challenging to bring in a high number of visitors and talented workers to New Zealand, we still worked hard and have good results to look back on.   This year, our customers reviewed their experience with us, and the average rating was 4.2 stars out of 5 Our team is dedicated to providing the best service and have a great eye for detail, which is why we stayed at the same 99.9% Visa approval rate as usual We created opportunities by successfully connecting 160+ people with their employers We have had more than 50% One-Off Resident Visa applications completed and approved, some are still processing with INZ Not only are we helping many individuals to travel to New Zealand, but we are also currently helping 190 families come to New Zealand to gain new opportunities and reunite with their loved ones These numbers help us grow and improve as a team. We are grateful to our customers who chose us to help them in their recruitment and immigration journey. We can’t wait to be bigger and better next year!  The CCR family wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We wish you peace, love and happiness this festive season. It has been a pleasure to help companies grow and create new opportunities for workers. We are looking forward to working harder than ever after the break and can’t wait to see what next year brings! Happy holidays!   Search Search for:Search Button Share By Categories Blogs (22) CC HR Support (14) CC Immigration (25) CC Recruitment (29) Newsletters (27) Resource Hub (2) Subscribe * indicates required Email Address *First Name Last Name Need Help? Contact one of our representative Contact Us Edit Template

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What’s New At CC Recruitment?

What’s New At CC Recruitment? November 2, 2022 With summer just around the corner, it’s all warming up at CCR!   We had a blast celebrating the Filipino community in NZ at the Pistang Pilipino 2022 this past labour weekend. It was such a pleasure to be involved!   The next event on the agenda for us is the National Fieldays which is quickly approaching at the end of November. We are excited to be an exhibitor at the largest agricultural event in New Zealand and hopefully, we’ll see some of you there.   And what’s new in immigration? Partnership Open Work Visas are due to close in December, and the Skilled Migrant Category Visa and the Parent Resident Visa have reopened in response to New Zealand businesses’ labour issue to help bring in and retain skilled workers. Immigration Minister Michael Wood said, “we are resuming the Skilled Migrant Category under the current settings to help attract more workers.” Recent Event – Pistang Pilipino 2022 Over labour weekend, CC Recruitment had the honour of sponsoring and attending the 2022 Filipino festival in Palmerston North where we could take part and get involved with the events that took place over the long weekend. We especially enjoyed the beauty pageant with our very own director Andrea Ryan judging the competition. The crowd were extremely vocal, and it was clear that along with boxing and basketball, Pinoys love a beauty pageant!   It was a great display of the culture and life within the Filipino community in NZ and is a reminder that we are a part of a community that is much bigger than ourselves.  Upcoming Event – National Fieldays After covid delays, it’s finally back and we are as excited as ever! We are happy to announce that the CCR team will be attending the largest agricultural event in the country: Fieldays!     You can find our exhibit at site PD16 in The Pavillion at Mystery Creek for the duration of the National Fieldays: 30 November – 3 December.    It feels like it’s been a long time coming, and with the event being postponed to the summer we’ll probably see more people in jandals than gumboots. We look forward to seeing you if you’re going to the Fieldays too, so come find us and have a chat with the CCR team.  Immigration Update – What’s Changed? On October 12th Immigration Minister Michael Wood announced the reopening of the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa and the Parent Resident Visa, both of which had been closed for the past couple of years due to covid disruptions. Plus, heads-up on the closing of Partnership Open Work Visas. Closing of Partnership Open Work Visa Partnership open work visas are closing in December (no official date yet). Once closed, for partners to be able to work in New Zealand, they will need to find their own employers to get their own AEWV. For those who didn’t qualify for the 2021 fast-track residency, and would like to bring their family, contact us now to apply for family visas with open work rights. Those who have successfully applied for their residency are not affected by this update. Reopening of Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa To retain skilled workers, the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa has been reintroduced allowing more people to qualify for residency in NZ, which should help NZ attract and retain more skilled workers. Along with reopening this visa, INZ has made a couple of changes to the conditions, the main takeaways being the removal of the placements cap for the visa, introduction of a median wage threshold, and raising the points requirement from 160 to 180 with points accumulated from a mix of qualifications, income, and length in NZ. Reopening of Parent Resident Visa To allow more migrant families to settle in New Zealand, the Parent Resident Visa has been reintroduced with reduced requirements for sponsors and an increase to the cap on numbers. The number of visas available each year has increased from 1000 to 2500. For all existing and new expressions of interest, a sponsor now needs to earn 1.5 times the New Zealand median wage rather than twice the median wage. This limit increases by half the median wage for each joint sponsor or additional parent.   Good news for those who have been waiting on the SMC and Parent categories to reopen. Remember, the team at CC Recruitment are happy to assist you with any and all needs. And for those attending the upcoming Fieldays, we’ll see you there! Search Search for:Search Button Share By Categories Blogs (22) CC HR Support (14) CC Immigration (25) CC Recruitment (29) Newsletters (27) Resource Hub (2) Subscribe * indicates required Email Address *First Name Last Name Need Help? Contact one of our representative Contact Us Edit Template

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NZ Employment & Immigration Landscape

NZ Employment & Immigration Landscape August 9, 2022 It’s certainly winter, but we’re staying warm by keeping busy – and we hope the same goes for you! A lot has been going on since our last newsletter, as immigration changes have been implemented and New Zealand has become quite the changing landscape. Here’s a summary of some of the highlights to keep you up-to-date and on-the-ball. AEWV Is Underway On July 4 we crossed the final stage in the rollout of the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) process. The first stage was employer accreditation, followed shortly thereafter by the opening of job checks, and lastly visa applications for selected migrant workers. July 4 also marked the closing of the Essential Skills Work visa. Now, the AEWV will be the primary pathway for migrant workers entering New Zealand. The goal of the immigration reset was to simplify the system for applicants by moving all migrant workers under one visa title and to decrease the likelihood of migrant exploitation by requiring all employers be accredited. The new visa has its own set of minimum requirements from employers, the most notable being the wage floor being set at the median wage (currently $27.76/hour) this will hopefully make opportunities in NZ more attractive to overseas workers. Immigration NZ has faced criticism and worry from industries that rely on low-skill migrant labour but may not be able to cover the costs now involved, resulting in areas such as hospitality and tourism receiving temporary exemptions from the median wage with a lower wage floor requirement in those industry sectors. 2021 One-off Residence Visa Is Closing The 2021 one-off residency visa, introduced during the pandemic to retain workers in New Zealand, closes for applications on July 31. Originally, Immigration NZ estimated that they would receive 110,000 applications for roughly 165,000 migrants. As of now, more than 100,000 applications have been received totaling an excess of 200,000 migrants comprised of principal applicants, spouses, and dependents/children. This new wave of residents will mark the biggest influx of new residents in recent history and will bring benefits to the economy and available workforce, but also strain onto sectors that will see an increased public demand for resources. An example of the flow on effects of this wave of residency is school age children entering the NZ education system. It’s no hidden fact that the education sector is short on teachers, with a current estimated deficit of more than 1,000 teaching staff. In this one-off wave of new residents, already more than 14,000 school aged children have been approved and will be joining their parents in the move to New Zealand as residents. That many new students will stretch the current teacher deficit even thinner. In the year ending April ‘22 we saw a net migration loss of 8,700 people as borders reopened and the world began to revive in the wake of the covid lockdowns of previous years. This net loss is a worrisome figure for immigration analysts and economists and is important to watch as we move forward post-pandemic. Net migration is one of the key indicators of the attractiveness and positioning of New Zealand in the fight for global talent. Labour Shortages The unemployment rate is at its lowest in over a decade and we are reaching a point that economists call ‘full-employment’. Due to such low unemployment, employers are finding it increasingly difficult to find the staff they need as there is such little supply in the New Zealand labour market. And it’s across the board, not just limited to one or a few sectors. Agriculture, Healthcare, Education and Hospitality are just some of the many industries crying out for more workers. Labour shortages result in constrained productivity and higher costs across the nation. For instance, ambulance drivers, nurses and medical staff shortages causing delays to surgeries and basic healthcare needs; Airport staff and flight attendant shortages delaying travel and causing baggage issues; or just your local restaurant not having enough chefs on deck to keep the place open 6 days a week. All industries are suffering staff shortages, and this is driving more serious issues like the cost-of-living crisis to become a headache for us all. Luckily, New Zealand is slowly reconnecting to foreign markets with the border reopening making it easier to bring in new labour from overseas than it has been for the past couple of years. Migrant workforces are going to become an indispensable resource for filling New Zealand’s skilled labour shortage over the coming years. And, with that being said, CC Recruitment is ready and able to help New Zealand businesses address their workforce needs creating better outcomes and brighter futures. New Website: CCR Group We’ve launched a new website: CCR Group!   CCR Group is the umbrella to our growing range of brands: CC Recruitment, CC Immigration, CC HR Support, and CC Education (coming soon). CCR Group will become the new hub for resources and services beyond CC Recruitment.   Go ahead and check us out over at www.ccrgroup.co.nz – there’s plenty on the horizon, so we’re excited to share this chapter of our journey with you.   www.ccrecruitment.co.nz will still be the home for applications and accessing recruitment services; and the quality of our services are only going up as we grow and expand our offerings. We still aim to be your full-service workforce solutions partner, supporting migrants and businesses from start to finish and beyond. 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NZ Border Reopening & AEWV

Border Reopening Announcement​ May 30, 2022 CCR Newsletter May 2022 These are exciting times. We are delighted to announce that New Zealand’s border will fully reopen on 31 July, which is two months earlier than what the Government initially planned. All visa categories will now be open for application. This includes visas for Tourists, Workers, Families and Students.   “New Zealand’s international border will reopen to all tourists and visa holders two months earlier than planned on 31 July,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.   The Government also announced major changes to immigration settings, the aim of which is to attract overseas construction, engineering, trades, health and tech workers. Visa Extensions Visa holders with visas expiring before 2023 are being granted a new two-year visa with open work conditions. Visas will be sent out by Immigration New Zealand by the end of May.   Immigration Minister, Kris Faafoi, explains this is so they and their employers aren’t affected by the upcoming changes. The hope here is to ensure skilled workers who are key contributors to different industries remain in the country. Accredited Employer Work Visa One of the major changes to the immigration settings is the implementation of a new temporary work visa, called Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV), which is being introduced on 4 July 2022. This new system provides employers a streamlined way to recruit migrant workers to fill key roles in their companies. It involves a 3-step process which we have outlined here: Getting accredited — All employers must apply even if you have been accredited under the previous system. Passing the job check — You will need to advertise the role that is open to locals and provide evidence for it. Visa application — If the job passes the job check, the migrant worker can apply for a visa. We at CC Recruitment are happy to inform our clients that we would be working with them at every step of the process. This takes the guesswork out of providing candidate information as required by Immigration, sending out advertisements for the job role, and complying with the other conditions. Click to read more about Accreditation and the Job Check. Median Wage Exemption for Tourism and Hospitality One thing of note to business owners and candidates in the tourism and hospitality sectors is the temporary wage exemption granted to them due to the financial pressures already suffered during the pandemic. The Government recognises these industries employ a large number of migrants so interim transition measures will be implemented from 4 July 2022.   Tourism and hospitality businesses are exempt from paying the median wage to recruit migrants on an Accredited Employer Work Visa. Instead, a lower wage threshold of $25 per hour will be required until April 2023, for employing migrants in these occupations. The Green List The Government has made it a point to attract and retain skilled workers to fill skill shortages. With this in mind, they are introducing The Green List, which commences on 4 July. This puts in place a streamlined and prioritised route to residency incentivising skilled healthcare, engineers, trade and tech sector workers to relocate to New Zealand long term.   Migrants earning 2x the median wage (median being $27.76 per hour) now qualify for residency after only 2 years. Immigration calls this the Fast-tracked ‘Straight to Residence’ Pathway.   Good news across the board! If you need any help sorting things out, CC Recruitment is happy to provide assistance. The team at CCR are happy to assist you with any and all needs. Search Search for:Search Button Share By Categories Blogs (22) CC HR Support (14) CC Immigration (25) CC Recruitment (29) Newsletters (27) Resource Hub (2) Subscribe * indicates required Email Address *First Name Last Name Need Help? Contact one of our representative Contact Us Edit Template

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CC Recruitment Is Ever Hopeful for the New Year

CC Recruitment Is Ever Hopeful for the New Year​ Big Changes This Year Happy new year to you all! We hope you had a nice break. We’re back fulltime in the office now and there have been some really interesting developments over the summer in immigration that you can read about below.   We hope getting back into work mode hasn’t been too painful for you. We know this is a key time of year when employees look around for new opportunities, so please get in touch if you need any help with job placement, or visa support. Immigration Update – Visa Extensions There was an update released from Immigration NZ (INZ) just before Christmas that will enable onshore migrants to continue to fill labour shortages. The median wage will stay the same until at least June, too, which means the classification of skilled visas won’t yet be affected by a higher median wage threshold.   Here is a breakdown of some of the changes: Employer-assisted work visa holders (and their partners and dependent children) who have a job and whose visas are expiring before 30 June 2021 will have their visas automatically extended by another six months. Six months extension letters will be sent out and INZ systems updated to take effect in March. The stand-down period, during which low-paid Essential Skills visa holders have to leave New Zealand, will be postponed until January 2022. The stand-down period means that Essential Skills visa holders earning less than the median wage (currently $25.50) must leave New Zealand for 12 months after having worked here for three years before they can return. Immigration New Zealand will continue to use the 2019 median wage of $25.50 per hour for immigration settings until at least July 2021 at which point the median wage will rise to $27 per hour. For more detail, see the full article here.   In addition to these changes the WTR (Accredited Employer) Visa is to be removed in July 2021, with a new accreditation process to start mid-2021. We’ll keep you updated with any changes you need to be aware of. Update: Offshore Migrants For now, it seems that the offshore visa processing suspension remains in place until early May 2021 and will continue to be reviewed monthly. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, however, indicated that New Zealand’s borders are likely to remain closed for the rest of the year.   It means no partnership visas will be granted until the suspension is lifted. One positive is that the stand-down has been delayed a further 12 months until January 2022 before any lower-skilled visa holders would be required to leave the country.   However, we are beginning the visa process for a small amount of Agricultural Machinery Operators and have had a positive response back from the Ministry for Primary Industries over the break, so we will continue working on this as an approved class exception to border policy. Fieldays is on! Last year the Fieldays events were cancelled due to Covid-19, but we’re excited to share that they’re back on in 2021!   Central District Fieldays are first up, and we hope to see you there in Feilding from 18-20 March. Come and have a chat at our stand – AG10. Search Search for:Search Button Share By Categories Blogs (13) CC HR Support (14) CC Immigration (11) CC Recruitment (12) Newsletters (17) Resource Hub (2) Subscribe Now Email Address * First Name * Last Name * [cjtoolbox name=”Form Script”] Need Help? Contact one of our representative Contact Us Edit Template

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Immigration Update April 2021

Immigration Update April 2021​ One year ago, on the edge of a public health landslide, the country went into lockdown. Essential workers and those who could work from home were still working, but large parts of the economy simply switched off. The risks of deflation, a downward spiral in demand, and mass unemployment loomed. While the unemployment rate did rise in 2020, the increase was certainly much less than the projections from a year ago. In April 2020, amidst the level 4 lockdown, Treasury scenarios forecast unemployment reaching double-digits, peaking at more than 25 percent in the worst case (which involved a much more extended period of lockdown than actually occurred). Even the most optimistic scenario (which included significant additional fiscal support) unemployment was projected to peak at 8.3 percent – well above the current 5 percent   It seems clear now that the wage subsidy and other business supports put in place by the government have helped many businesses bridge the gap in revenues without having to resort to mass layoffs of staff. But we’re not out of the woods yet. Unemployment is typically a lagging indicator of changes in GDP, and significant recessions typically see large increases in unemployment. With all the ‘noise’ in the data from last year’s events, it remains to be seen whether we are on the verge of increasing unemployment over 2021, or if, thanks to a strong policy response and a healthy dose of good fortune, we have largely avoided this.   New Zealand’s economic history is one of reliance on the primary sector exporting minimally processed commodities to buyers in other countries. Think wool, dairy products, logs, red meat, seafood and so on. Exports of meat and dairy products were another thing helping the economy through 2020. However, the value of products exported tailed off and was weaker over the end of 2020 and early 2021 than a year earlier. Dairy volumes have been trending lower since last September, while falls in meat exports have been price driven. Nevertheless, dairy prices (measured by the GDT index) remain at their highest since the early part of 2014, prompting increased estimates for the dairy pay-out this year.   New Zealand is so short of labour that heading into the Covid-19 shock 8% of jobs in the country were held by people on migrant visas compared with 4% ahead of the GFC. Some sectors have become so dependent upon foreign labour that they can barely function without it. They include farming and horticulture, accommodation, hospitality, tourism services, and even some retail. In the construction sector skilled staff are in short supply and this is already acting as a constraint on the volume of new houses etc. which can be built. The government is doing a good job trying to boost staff numbers through apprenticeship assistance and training schemes. But the staff are not going to appear rapidly enough for a number of reasons. Then there are shortages of labour in the primary sector which will be ongoing. Kiwis in cities have voted with their feet by not using their feet to shift to the regions to undertake either seasonal or permanent farm work. Need one also mention the shortage of staff who can pass drug tests which is a constraint in the forestry sector about to get worse as demand for our logs is growing out of China.   Expectations for the wider New Zealand economy remain negative overall, but significantly better than they were last September. These optimistic expectations are also reflected in businesses hiring intentions. Thirty percent of smaller businesses (with 1-10 full-time equivalent employees) expect to increase their workforce in the next 6 months, while only 6 percent expect to downsize their workforce. Fifty-two percent of businesses with more than 10 workers expect to hire more, and just 11 percent expect to reduce their workforce.   Two-thirds of businesses consider that a shortage of appropriate skills affects their ability to hire new employees. Nearly half (48 percent) consider this is due to a lack of skills amongst New Zealand residents, compared to just 4 percent who think it is a lack of skills amongst immigrants. Clearly this problem already existed and is not just one caused by pandemic-related border restrictions. Better identifying exactly what skills are lacking and working to develop them are important steps in making sure New Zealand has a labour force that can match the aspirations of its businesses.   Before you commit to higher output, make sure you will be able to command the resources you need to produce that output. You’ll have to engage in workforce planning in ways you have not done before.   While recent positive changes in the immigration context do not drastically affect our clients, these can all be viewed as positive steps in the right direction which should eventually develop into the reopening of borders to work visa holders as MIQ spots are freed up. Some of the changes you might have seen as below: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/border-closures-and-exceptions/you-are-in-a-quarantine-free-travel-zone/you-are-coming-from-australia https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/border-closures-and-exceptions/entry-to-new-zealand/critical-purpose-reasons-you-can-travel-to-new-zealand#partners-and-dependent-children-of-temporary-visa-holders https://www.immigration.govt.nz/employ-migrants/changes-to-temporary-work-visa-applications-and-system https://www.miq.govt.nz/being-in-managed-isolation/charges-for-managed-isolation/ Search Search for:Search Button Share By Categories Blogs (14) CC HR Support (14) CC Immigration (15) CC Recruitment (14) Newsletters (19) Resource Hub (2) Subscribe Now Email Address * First Name * Last Name * Need Help? Contact one of our representative Contact Us Edit Template

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