24 January 2008
Farmers looking to New Zealand immigration to boost workforce
Farmers in New Zealand are having trouble finding workers to cope with their increasing work loads and are looking abroad for a solution. Although it is traditionally a Kiwi job, farmers are looking at New Zealand immigration to solve the crisis of a shortage of staff.
Recruitment agencies are now trying to bring in foreign workers to fill the roles. People considering giving farming in New Zealand a go, can start by looking at New Zealand online visa assessments. Willy Leferink, of Federated Famers told One News : " Every farm needs about four people to employ, but we also need the service industry to come on board - you know more veterinarians, more people that service the milking machines, more electricians."
There are reports that the farming industry will have a shortfall of around 3,000 workers next season, a figure which can be helped through New Zealand immigration. According to government figures, the skills shortage in New Zealand has led to wages being increased by 3.3 per cent in the last three months of 2007.
New Zealand needs skilled migrants: Anyone applying for a New Zealand visa should begin by taking the New Zealand Visa Bureau's online New Zealand visa assessment to see if they meet the basic legislative requirements.