Wellington launches 'awesome' relocation recruitment initiative

Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, has launched a recruitment initiative that gives non-Kiwi candidates a chance to taste the life in the country’s second most populous city before relocating.

LookSee Wellington launched last week and will see 100 IT candidates travel to the city between 8-11 May for a series of pre-arranged job interviews.

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Mayor Justin Lester said it was about “giving people who might be open to moving . . . a chance to come and have a ‘look-see’ before deciding to relocate . . . without having to pay”.

Ben Amor, CTO of event planning app ShowGizmo, called it “genuinely an awesome opportunity”.

Being flexible to short and long-term relocation issues can be a crucial selling point for many candidates, according to Fred Medero, Managing Partner at Kincannon & Reed, especially as relocation packages are on the rise. In the digital industry, 25% of professionals were offered a relocation package in 2016, compared to 17% two years ago, research by The Candidate found.

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The issue of relocation has been a hiring headache for New Zealanders for years. Last year a bakery there offered the right candidate two acres of land and appealed to applicants seeking better work-life balance. The job advert said: “We can't give you big money, but we can give you an awesome life.”

Similarly, the town of Kaitangata - which has too many jobs, too many houses and no candidates to fill them - offered successful applicants house and land packages in the rural community. More can be seen by following the link below. 

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“But this January’s surge in jobseeking in the UK has been exceptionally strong, with Britain’s spike in job searches more than double the size of Japan’s.

“Savvy employers know to capitalise on the New Year rush, and that job ads posted in January will often be seen by a bigger than usual pool of talent.”

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