Every contractor needs seasonal staff. You need their undivided attention for a few months…and then what do you do with them? each year it’s an issue to lure back good staff from wherever they have amused themselves over winter.
Southland Contractor Brian Hughes’ imported labour force. From left: Adam Pike, James Salter & Donald Tolley.
Hanzon Jobs has the solution – it sources good staff from the UK. Richard Houston runs Hanzon jobs from his base in South Canterbury. Contractors register on the Hanzon website and Richard can then discuss staffing options. Richard says there are a number of advantages in hiring overseas staff. One is that new machines are often released in Europe before they are here, and often he can find UK staff who are already familiar with the latest models. “As soon as the new piece of gear rolls into the paddock, they will get the most out of it from day one. The driver knows how to drive it, maintain it, and how to talk about breakdowns to the dealers’ mechanic. This allows the boss to work on growing the business instead of spending time helping an unfamiliar driver.”
Brian Hughes is a farmer and contractor based in Waimatua, Invercargill. He does silage, baleage, direct drilling and full cultivation. He has six permanent staff but needs 15 during the season. He employed four Englishmen this season. Three were through Hanzon Jobs and the other arrived independently. They arrived in October and left at the end of March.
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