Coronavirus: Rural sector crying out to recruit more staff

While thousands of people around the country are facing joblessness, a recruiting company is calling out for workers in the primary sector, saying there were 40 jobs in South Canterbury available now.

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Business Confidence Good For Jobs

Agstaff read with interest The Ministry of Primary Industries ‘Situation and outlook for primary industries' (SOPI) report for December 2019 which identifies continued growth of the primary sector, highlighting growth in horticulture. This headline alone indicates the potential for jobs.

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Agstaff - Spring Update

Spring has been busy to date with an eye firmly on summer now as we’re again looking for people for field work. We are always able to plan for our client’s labour needs by interpreting the season’s weather which has been interesting prospect and as November began with a cold snap from the South including rain which then quickly turned to mid-summer temperatures including recordings of 31 degrees in some parts of Canterbury. Before that and nearing the end of October we began planning for our new recruits who will join us for the summer when snow was recorded in North Canterbury and frost was on windscreens in Christchurch City. Now that we seem to be in the clear we’re working with our clients to prepare the land for the season ahead which will be the traditional spraying and rouging, along with working to take out off types of seed from paddocks.

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Agstaff - Then and Now

A quick look at the history books shows Agstaff has now been operating for nearly 20 years.

In that time we’ve seen a lot of changes on the land and also in the recruitment industry including how we work with our clients to bring you a consistent and reliable service. ­­To recap the evolution of minimum wage and how we’ve all worked with that we look back to when we started in 2001 and the minimum wage was $7.70 per hour. We made a decision and thought if a person is not worth $10.00, we don't employ them so applied the $10 per hour figure as our own minimum.

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March/April Updates!

In recent months Canstaff has increased its global reach with a new London office and throughout the start of the year have rolled out a new way of promoting all potential opportunities for candidates across all our offices and territories with the Canstaff Job Passport.

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Potatoes are leading the labour force into Autumn

Each year Agstaff have a strong demand for labour for the potato harvest around the beginning of Autumn, and 2019 is on par with previous seasons for the size of the harvest and need for employees. The call has been put out far out far and wide for staff again for this year’s harvest. Agstaff consultant Andrew McDonald said, “Currently around 75% of our workforce is currently focusing on the potato harvest and some will carry on into winter and out the other side”. Agstaff have been supplying a workforce to the Mid Canterbury for over 20 years beginning above the land with work around livestock but below ground potatoes have been a mainstay for employment opportunities.

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Kiwifruit to boost jobs in the Bay by 14,329 by 2030

In a country which is already struggling to find seasonal workers, the take-off of kiwifruit is set to raise the demand for workers even higher over the next 13 years. Earlier this year, The Ministry of Social Development declared an official seasonal worker shortage in Hawke’s Bay to assist orchards to cope with the demand for seasonal staff - allowing anyone on a holiday visa to convert this into a temporary work visa for the region. This was too little, too late, for the orchards, who suffered a deficit of approx 400 workers in their apple and pear orchards this year. Hopefully, this will not be the same scenario for the kiwifruit growers in Tauranga in future years.

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Agstaff April Update: WWOOFing, Ardern to “take on” farming, Shearathon for suicide prevention, Jobseeker services

We hope you enjoyed the Easter weekend. We’ve certainly been having a busy time here with organising staff before my wife gives birth on April 20th. Agstaff have plenty of work on, and have been recruiting lots of staff for our client down south as well as new clients knocking on the door - it’s been a very busy few weeks.

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Everything you need to know about WWOOFing and volunteering in NZ

For decades, New Zealand has welcomed backpackers who wish to exchange hard graft for accomodation and a decent meal twice a day. Due to a new ERA ruling which states that WWOOFing and volunteering, is in fact illegal, the board-for-wages era has come to an end.

Willing Workers On Organic Farms or WWOOFing, does sound whole lot like rural slavery involving whip-cracking task masters and a diet of tofu and carrots. However the deal is this – Usually you live with your host and are expected to join in and cooperate with the day to day activities. You work 4-6 hours a day in exchange for accommodation, food and the sharing of knowledge and skills. It has been a hugely popular way for backpackers to have an “authentic” Kiwi experience and for farmers to fill shortage gaps in the agricultural sector.

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Agstaff Update - March 2018

So now we are in to the first days of March, and summer has officially ended, though I am sure we still have some good weather to come yet.

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Agstaff Update - February 2018

Well, Spring is over and we have now hit Summer with a bang. We all love Summer, especially following on from record rainfalls in the Winter and one of the warmest springs in many years. Driving around Ashburton district, we are noticing the land being nearly as dry as our February usually is. We are now all crossing our fingers for a good rain to ease this dryness. Ashburton have already started to put water restrictions in town. I can't remember when this last happened this early into Spring/Summer.

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Agstaff Updated - December 2017

Well, Spring is over and we have now hit Summer with a bang. We all love Summer, especially following on from record rainfalls in the Winter and one of the warmest springs in many years. Driving around Ashburton district, we are noticing the land being nearly as dry as our February usually is. We are now all crossing our fingers for a good rain to ease this dryness. Ashburton have already started to put water restrictions in town. I can't remember when this last happened this early into Spring/Summer.

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Agstaff and Rural Co; Team Effort To Assist Riding for Disabled

Agstaff were excited to share some Christmas cheer with a very deserving cause last Thursday. It all began a couple of years ago when Riding for Disabled chief coach, Maxine Hooper, entered the Agstaff office looking to hire someone to move hay from a property on Maronan Road to Riding for Disabled Ashburton. Maxine was greeted by Agstaff consultant Andrew MacDonald, who is involved with several Ashburton community groups, and received a welcome donation of Agstaff time and resources.

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Agstaff Update - September 2017

Firstly, we would like to thank you all for your support over the last 10 months. The Agstaff team wish you all the best start to your Spring, and hope old mother nature has some kindness in her over the coming months to set us all up for a great summer.

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