21 November 2007
Skilled immigrants in New Zealand to get rights to flexible working
British workers who move to New Zealand as skilled immigrants will soon benefit from new legislation passed by the New Zealand parliament that gives rights for flexible working
The Flexible Working Arrangements Bill will allow any employee with responsibilities to care for children, dependent or disabled adults to seek to vary their hours or place of work.
Green MP Sue Kedgley, who sponsored the bill explained to Scoop: "This means a person can ask for a change to their start and finish times, adjust their work hours, work 'compressed hours,' seek to work from home, or any other flexible arrangement that will enable them to better meet the demands of paid employment and their caring responsibilities.
"Employers will have a statutory duty to consider any such request seriously, and to seek to accommodate it."
She said the bill would benefits both employees - who will get to spend more time with their families - and employers - who will have happier, less stressed and, consequently, more productive staff.
"It is also a win for the environment. With a workforce that does not all travel to and from work in the same rush hour there will be less congestion and no need to waste taxpayers' money on building new urban motorways," Ms Kedgley said.
The Bill will make New Zealand even more attractive for British families looking to move to New Zealand on Skilled Immigration Visas as they will not only benefit from the job opportunities, beautiful environment and high wages but also a better work/life balance.
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.