A reader has sent us a link to a post on 3 News‘ Facebook page.
Anyone who is considering emigrating to New Zealand as a skilled migrant without a firm job offer, or without full registration by a trade/professional body may want to read this:
“We are looking for highly-skilled immigrants who came to NZ on a Skilled Migrants Visa, but have been unable to register or practice their profession in NZ. Please email your details to …… if is you, and you would like to be interviewed.“ source
Some people aren’t bothering to email the interviewer and are instead making their feelings known on the page.
Here’s what they’re saying.
Viv Kismet “more common that you might think!”
Rochelle Harris “english skills stand in way of many…and do u know how many *rocket scientists* (true!!) from russie and asian countries we have here that are working in unskilled jobs…incredible!!!”
Myra Gay Bateman “What’s the job?”
Chiara Di Benedetto “Brown I’m sure you will be inundated by people who speak perfect English and yet cannot get work because they don’t have “Kiwi experience.”<
Lacey Bartlett “Huh, goes with the already hundreds of born and breed natives out of mahi too.. Stand in line people!”
Tracey Pomareyes “pls, interview the rocket scientist who gets job as a taxi driver. His wife is a qualified nurse and now a healthcare assistant.”
Chiara Di Benedetto Brown “@Lacey Bartlett Unfortunately, your government has a come-on campaign telling migrants that NZ is a friendly welcoming place that is dying for their skills and can’t wait to employ them.”
Sharon Ogden “I have a few Kiwi friends who are finding it extreamly hard to find a job in NZ, especially after the CHCH quakes. I’m all for a muticulture society but can’t NZ re-train those kiwis who are looking for work into the skilled industries that the country requires first??”
Aruna Jivan Ryder “Go to the nearest Taxi stand – you’ll find hundreds there.”
Frank Driggers “Well folks I have been interested in relocating to NZ. Jack of all trades Ace of none kinda person and believe me I’ll trade anyone my US citizenship for their NZ credentials forthwith. A very good friend of mine lives in country and tells me I would enjoy the place. Any takers=}”
Anne Howland “Im definately not racist, but if a country cant find work for those already from here, shouldnt immigrants be sent packing back to there own country until nz is ready for them?”
Selina Kahi “why dont u start giving interviews for people of the country dumarse…wats up with that..giving migrants our jobs…go figure !!!”
Myra Gay Bateman “Australia doe’s this too, advertise and employ immigrants over Australians…..Shame On You. Then they pay them peanuts cos they can. Shame!!!”
“Shekinah Clayton “never mind the immigrants! what about us decent kiwis that need work? the goverment likes to complain about unemployment rates, when they go and hire people that can hardly speak english to do jobs that a kiwi could do, too many kiwis are leaving cos employers get more immigrants then kiwis..dam goverment stop letting them in!”
Chiara Di Benedetto Brown “Frank: not recommended”
Myra Gay Bateman “Keep the kids in school till the end. It’s machines that do the work now….. computers. But they still need ppl to push the buttons.”
Amool Paranjpe “We don’t turn up here and sponge off other tax payers. We ditch 30 odd years of highly specialized experience to take up menial jobs that knobs like Raymond Murray and his highly skilled mates aren’t willing to do. They would rather sit on …the dole.
@Shekinah…it’s “damn Government”, not “dam”. Learn how to spell, otherwise your own standards might deprive you of employment. Better yet, pick up a student loan and do a BA in English. The student allowance might sort out your income for the next 3 years too. Idiot.”
Philip Wood “Kiwis struggle with the fact that usually their qualifications are inferior to overseas bodies. So they create barriers to prevent immigrants out-shining them. ICANZ is a prime example of this, being firmly in the 2nd division when ranking international accounting institutes.”
Birgit Rahm “moving to NZ was not the best career move for me. Not complaining though, good for family and safety.”
Siobhan Ewing “I posted this as my status to see if any of my friends might be interested. I know a few people who have already had to leave NZ because they couldn’t find work.“
Daniel Yeoh “Oh yeah there are a number of peoples who with highly qualification as currently in NZ taxi driver… Feel free check it out these taxi driver and you will be surprise”
Erina Toia“People who start comments with I am not racist, but……….New Zealanders go to other countries all the time to work and live, should they be sent packing from foreign lands of choice? Geez does it’s a two way street mean anything to you people”Anastasia Burman “@ Anne howland what about all the kiwis going on there OE and getting job there ? Should all the other country’s send them packing ? They must be taking there jobs and economy crap everywhere at the moment . And if the immigrant got a job over you , look at why it is ? I employ people and kiwi,s got the worst work ethic (not all but lots) they want everything given to them but don’t want to do the hards yards.”Melissa Pokaia “The reason why there are so many highly qualified people driving Taxi’s is because there just isn’t many jobs available here.The government as it stands today, is filled with a bunch of midnight tossers, who’s only interest is to find a way to improve the size of their own wallets and project a persona to the rest of world that NZ has the capability to go head to head with them within the business world. Thus being the reason the government advertises oversea’s for highly skilled people and bring them into NZ, however when they get here, there just isn’t any jobs here available, and this is no fault of any Immigrants that come here seeking these jobs.Our government is too lazy and tight arsed to invest in our kiwi people. Why bother to spend the money it will take to train and educate someone from here, when they can get someone from oversea’s who is already qualified.Which leads to kiwi’s having to travel abroad just to be able to support their families. And ever since it was announced that the Rugby world cup is to be held here, Prices have sky rocketed, flippen ridiculous…People need jobs more then ever. @Lola.. The comment you made about young people wanting to wait for the dole to spend it on alcohol is pathetically ignorant.. I know a few young people whom after finishing university and graduating couldn’t find a job, because there weren’t any available. So they are currently on the dole.. yet still actively seeking jobs. Nobody WANTS to be on the dole, who the hell can live on that these days… ( ask any young person if he/she would want to make a hundred dollars a week on the dole, or 8hundred dollars a week working – Can you guess what their answer would be? ) ..@Anastasia I have been told from a few people I have met ( oversea’s business people ) that Kiwi’s are highly valued because of their work ethic…”
Erina Toia “It’s funny though, because the govt seems to employ immigrants in high profile position that actually don’t have the qualifications. Lol the Maori TV guy from Canada, the social services woman from the UK and the international spy dude from the UK who liked telling state secrets to anyone that would listen. Maybe all those rocket scientists driving cabs should lie to get a decent job.”
Perhaps a more pertinent question would’ve been “Why are skilled migrants still being attracted to NZ if there clearly isn’t the work for them?”