Help finding new employees

Help is available to connect employers with people looking for work.

Free recruitment services

If you need help hiring new employees, Work and Income can help. You can advertise jobs for free and easily access work-ready people who are wanting to work.

Whether you’re a small, medium or large business, or looking to recruit locally or nationally, Work and Income can connect you with candidates who have skills to suit all kinds of jobs. 

List your job vacancies for free or talk to them about tailoring a recruitment plan to meet the needs of your business.

Advertise your job vacancies for free (external link)

Information about Work and Income’s recruitment services (external link)

Keep New Zealand working

Many initiatives are underway to connect employers in a range of in-demand industries with people looking for work.

More information on in-demand industries

Mana in Mahi

The Mana in Mahi programme provides young people with on-the-job training so they get paid while working towards an industry qualification. Businesses can receive funding and support to recruit, train and retain employees.

To take part in the Mana in Mahi programme, your business will need to:

  • have a full-time or part-time position you want to fill
  • offer at least the adult minimum wage for the first year
  • commit to supporting a new employee on a pathway to a formal industry qualification.

To apply, contact Work and Income on 0800 778 008 or email

Find out more about the Mana and Mahi programme on the Work and Income website (external link)

He Poutama Rangatahi

He Poutama Rangatahi supports rangatahi aged 15 to 24 to connect with employers and get into long-term employment.

To be eligible, your business will need to do the following:

  • Identify rangatahi who are most in need of individualised employment support, can assess and prioritise what support they need to get ready for employment opportunities and can draw rangatahi into active participation in a work-readiness programme.
  • Provide intensive, individualised support for rangatahi, both when they are participating in the programme and once they are in employment.
  • Understand the needs of local employers and what foundation skills are critical for the jobs they have available, so that work-readiness preparation is purposefully matched to this.
  • Understand how to navigate and access the specialist services rangatahi often need to be able to sustain employment.
  • Have a history of delivery.
  • Have effective management and governance systems, demonstrate strong project management, awareness of and planning for risk management and an understanding of commercial realities.
  • Build and maintain strong networks with local employers, so as to facilitate connections between rangatahi and local employers, and support them forming enduring employment relationships.
  • Work collaboratively with others in the community to improve employment outcomes for rangatahi.

Find out more about He Poutama Rangatahi on the Provincial Growth Fund website (external link)


The Cadetships programme supports employers to develop, mentor, train and grow full-time permanent Māori staff to take on more senior roles within an organisation.

Your business could receive up to $10,000 to help develop a cadet for at least 6 months in a permanent role.

To apply, your business will need to meet 1 of these requirements:

  • Be 1 of the targeted national sectors. These are construction and utilities, business services, transport and logistics, food processing, knowledge-intensive manufacturing, hospitality and tourism, or primary industries not including forestry.
  • Have technological advancement, including adapting and enhancing existing technologies, and use of research and development to improve workplace efficiency and productivity.
  • Operate in a niche/specialised growth market with opportunities for scalability.
  • Have a track record of constructive engagement with iwi, whānau and Māori communities.
  • Operate in a regionally important sector.
  • Provide opportunities for progression for Māori staff through existing established company HR policies and procedures.
  • Have sufficient resources and capability to provide structured mentoring, training, potential to access promotion opportunities, diverse workplace experiences and other tailored support for cadets.

Find out more about the Cadetships programme on the Te Puni Kokiri website (external link)

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