How to attract international staff?

The aged-care industry was and is still badly affected by the pandemic. Systems that have faced years of strain, are now overwhelmed, even without the demands of the pandemic.  Shortage of registered nurses is leading residential care homes to relocate patients who require hospital-level care, to different areas.

Several factors have contributed to this crisis in New Zealand, but the reasons could be boiled down to two – closure of borders and pay parity issues. 

So, what can healthcare employers do to relieve this pressure?

Relying solely on domestic labour supply can be inhibiting and competitive in this current market. That’s why recruiting international healthcare professionals gives employers a better chance of bringing in experienced staff to provide high-quality care to their patients.

With the New Zealand government’s 5-step plan to open the country’s borders, recruiting international staff over the next few months, may be the solution that many aged-care providers are looking for. 

But, it’s a job-seekers market right now. Many countries are offering benefits such as higher pay, opportunities and career growth to the in-demand healthcare and support staff. Healthcare employers and recruiters are competing against one another to source international talent.  

In this blog, we look at how you can recruit and attract international staff:

Target Your ideal talent 

Before you advertise, find out where the need is most within your organisation and how soon do you need to fill this vacancy. Identify platforms and specialist recruitment agencies that have pre-existing relationships to help you find and reach out to your ideal talent.  

Companies like DeoCare have relationships and experience in sourcing staff from overseas. Use their expertise to draft details like job description, compensation, non-monetary compensation, benefits, verification documents and more. This will help you fill the vacancy quickly.

Benefits that offer more than money 

People usually change employers to take the next step in their careers. Employers who are able to offer career progression opportunities inspire trust in candidates. By providing these opportunities, you can attract candidates who can start in a certain role, but then are also able to work their way towards a more specialised role, depending on their interest and skills. 

This will inspire more confidence in someone, who may then choose you over another organisation that is offering a higher pay

Bonus and Privileges

To stand out from your competitors when advertising for a role, you need to provide other perks in addition to a salary.

What other benefits can you offer to recruit and attract international healthcare staff? Can you commit to a relocation bonus? Are you able to provide them with accommodation, at least at the start and in line with New Zealand’s self-isolation policy? Can you sponsor Competency Assessment Program?

Committing to investing in your staff’s future pre-hire is sure to attract the perfect candidates. 

Providing a diverse work environment 

Working overseas can be a challenging for many who need to adjust not just to a new way of living, but also to new workplace, systems and more. Having a diverse workforce will help these new and current employees assimilate nicely. 

Consider how you can foster a diverse workforce and how you can help those who are not from New Zealand assimilate in your company culture? 

Specialised recruiting solutions 

Sourcing international staff can often be manual and time-consuming. That’s why using a dedicated recruitment agency like DeoCare reduces the time taken to find and hire talented, quality staff.  

DeoCare already boasts a talent pool of healthcare professionals ready to be hired. We, not help only reduces the stress of looking for a new person, but also work with you to find the right fit for your needs.

The aged care sector employs over 33,000 people in New Zealand, and with the growing population, it is expected that there will be an increase in demand of between 50 and 75 percent over the next 15 years.  

If you would like to recruit and attract international staff to grow your organization, get in touch with us and we’ll help you find the right person from our pool of over career-focused healthcare professionals.


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