About Us


Canstaff, a New Zealand Immigration Accredited Labour Hire Employer, specialise in Construction and Engineering recruitment as well as local and global candidate sourcing. We are trusted around the world to provide a tailored service to provide both candidates and clients with a service that accurately meets your requirements.

Our Business is all about you


Canstaff is now moving into our second decade of International recruitment with offices in New Zealand, Europe, the Philippines and Australia. If you’re moving to New Zealand or Australia from the UK, or an Australian or Kiwi resident looking to work globally we can help. Our candidates find the roles that not only meet their skills and experience, but will help them propel their career ambitions.

Canstaff has gained the reputation for providing quality services. Canstaff is quick and proactive, tenacious and thorough, and is constantly seeking new approaches to ensure our services continue to meet the mark. We work as a team to meet our candidates' needs and are able to find hidden depths and latent talent through our expertise and processes.

Canstaff offers free relocation assistance to migrants that fit the criteria of the “Relocation Assistance Package” (RAP)

Our service begins when our applicants make the first contact, we become a “friend” in New Zealand, to bounce ideas off, check on the legitimacy of things you are being told, and arrange things at this end to ensure a relaxed arrival.

To search for jobs and to apply online visit our full list of vacancies.


We are proud to acknowledge that our clients’ specific recruitment requirements are met with precision.

You have worked hard to develop your company culture and we will work with you to protect it. We specialise in helping businesses to find the right people to ensure your money is well spent. We will connect your company with the right staff or your money back!

Canstaff look forward to assisting you with your company's staffing and labour requirements. Our consultants are readily available to discuss in detail your current vacancies, and provide you with a quality, efficient service to fill these places in a timely and effective manner.

Attracting elite candidates that are sought after in this highly competitive marketplace, our consultants employ a rigorous screening process to draw up a list of the most suitable for the role.

Canstaff will work with you to develop a strategic plan that will assist you with forecasting your future staffing requirements.

New Zealand, Europe, the Philippines and Australia!

A Trusted Brand with a Global Reach

After over a decade of International recruitment the company now has links throughout New Zealand, Europe, the Philippines and an office in Australia.

Working closely with global organisations and multinationals, as well as local brands and SMEs, our consultants ensure that:

  • Each of our clients’ specific recruitment requirements are met with precision
  • Our candidates find the roles that not only meet their skills and experience, but will help them propel their career ambitions.

As a global recruiter we are also sensitive to local needs, and we are proud to represent New Zealand, whilst still remaining flexible enough to handle the recruitment needs of smaller businesses and small and medium-sized enterprises. A tailored service complemented by our cutting-edge technology.

Through on-going investment in our staff and technologies, we are able to provide you with a service that accurately meets your requirements.

Our dedicated resourcing and research team includes top tier graduates, all of whom possess up-to-date business intelligence, market knowledge and industry expertise.

Sourcing candidates both locally and globally, our unique model is focused around a variety of search and selection methodologies. Through advertising and networking strategies, sophisticated market mapping and business intelligence techniques, our international network of consultants are able to pinpoint those professionals on our database or in our network who match the criteria of each vacancy.

Attracting the most elite candidates that are sought after in the highly competitive marketplace, our consultants employ a rigorous screening process to draw up a list of the most suitable candidates for each vacancy. This empowers businesses with the best selection of talent and offers our candidates opportunities to help them take the next step in their career.

Industry Sectors

You will find all the sectors we cater for listed below. Our consultants are on hand now, to discuss your requirements.

Construction ~ Engineering ~ Civil Construction ~ Trade ~ Industrial ~ Construction Office Support

Construction Department

Canstaff specialise in providing construction jobs for permanent and contract positions. Our dedicated team continues to successfully supply contract and permanent building services personnel to contractors and consultancies throughout the South Island. We deal with an array of clients from small family-run businesses to large blue-chip companies and, with a strong reputation in a competitive market, for:

  • Project Managers
  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Planning Engineers
  • Site Engineers
  • Site Managers
  • Construction Site Agents
  • Forepersons
  • Estimators
  • Safety Officers
  • Carpenters
  • Hammerhands

Engineering Department

Our engineering recruitment specialists source fully trained and experienced personnel from around the world for all sizes of projects on both a permanent and contract basis.

Canstaff have developed extensive links with major blue chip organisations, existing as a preferred personnel supplier to many companies in this sector. The consultants have a wealth of experience covering a variety of industries – including: oil & gas, food, and manufacturing – amongst others. From technicians, CAD operators and designers to project managers and commissioning engineers – Canstaff is skilled and experienced at recruiting these personnel and finding the right fit to accurately suit their specific requirements.

  • Architects
  • Automation Engineers
  • CNC Operators
  • Consulting Engineers
  • Control Systems Engineers
  • Cost Engineers
  • Design Engineers
  • Draughtsmen
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Electronic Engineers
  • Maintenance Technicians
  • Manufacturing Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Plant Engineers
  • Process Engineers
  • Process Technicians
  • Project Engineers
  • Project Managers

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Civil Construction Department

The Civil Construction department of Canstaff recruits contract and permanent personnel for structural and civil engineering positions across New Zealand and the world on behalf of a variety of clients
- including major blue chip companies, specialist consultancies, local authorities and niche operators
- across the built environment as well as onshore and offshore petrochemical / oil & gas industries.

Our civil engineering recruitment division has experience advising clients on market conditions, personnel availability, and salaries & rates - which all helps to support the flexible service on offer and ensure that we are consistently capable of providing comprehensive, rapid responses to requirements.

  • Building Services Engineers
  • Civil/Structural CAD Technicians
  • Civil Designers
  • Civil Engineers
  • Geotechnical Engineers
  • Highway Engineers
  • Machine Operators
  • Structural Designers
  • Structural Engineers
  • Traffic Engineers
  • Road Gangs

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Trade Department

As one of Canterbury’s leading recruitment consultancy firms, the trades sector is a major part to the company and has a dedicated focus recruiting both nationally and internationally.

This places us in a unique position - to be able to source ideal candidates for employment, and satisfy the demand for skilled trades people who are actually eager to work. We understand current employment issues and workplace trends, which enables us to secure qualified and reliable personnel to help grow your business.

  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineers
  • Automotive Service Technicians
  • Cabinet Makers
  • Carpenters
  • Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operators
  • Drainlayers
  • Electricians
  • Floor Covering Installers
  • Fitter Turners
  • Fitter Welders
  • Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics
  • Gasfitters
  • Glaziers
  • Joiners
  • Mechanics and Diesel Mechanics
  • Motor Vehicle Body Repairers
  • Painters and Decorators
  • Plumbers
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics
  • Roofers
  • Sheet Metal Workers
  • Sprinkler Systems Installers
  • Pipefitters
  • Plasterers

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Industrial Department

The industrial department of Canstaff specialise in providing jobs to professionals throughout Canterbury including manufacturing, warehousing and logistics professionals.

Canstaff understand that every industrial and warehousing client's requirements are individual and specific to the products and services that they offer. We can supply drivers to small operations through to a fleet Class 5 drivers for large distribution/logistics organisations.

We can provide candidates for the following industrial jobs:

Industrial & Warehouse

  • Pickers & Packers
  • Shift Workers
  • Production Line Personnel
  • Assembly Personnel
  • Food Personnel
  • Maintenance Personnel
  • Dispatch Assistants

Management & Supervisory

  • Warehouse Managers
  • Warehouse Supervisors
  • Supply Chain Planners
  • Logistics Management

Logistics & Driving

  • Forklift Operators (Counterbalance)
  • Forklift Operators (Reach)
  • Class 1-5 Operators

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Construction Office Support

Our Construction Office Support Department works closely with construction companies to meet the need for highly professional office/site support staff. During times of rapid growth it is essential that back-end support systems are in place.

We provide staff that are skilled, professional and add value to the client's work environment.

We provide:

  • Site Secretaries
  • Site Administrators
  • Document Controllers
  • Executive Assistants
  • Office Administrators
  • Receptionists
  • Office Juniors
  • Customer Service
  • HR and Training
  • Accountancy and Finance
  • IT and Facilities

Health & Safety

Canstaff recognise the paramount importance of Health & Safety across all industry departments today. We have developed a comprehensive health & safety management system – Cancare. Ensuring that your safety is our first priority.

Our programme includes:

  • Our Health & Safety Commitment
  • Hazard identification & Management
  • Accident Investigation
  • Health & Safety Induction
  • Return to Work Programme

All of our staff:

  • Comply with relevant legislation and codes of practice;
  • Hold current Site Safe passes which are validated (where required);
  • Have current licences and endorsements (as required);
  • Prior to starting on site are checked for personal protective equipment. Hard hats, high viz vests, safety glasses and steel toe capped safety boots are provided as required.

We’ve signed up to the Canterbury Rebuild Safety Charter. Read more information here.

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Our Locations

Christchurch (New Zealand)
111 Blenheim Road
+64 3 3489810

Auckland (New Zealand)
101 Main Highway
+64 9 5792087

Ashburton (New Zealand)
111 Victoria St
+64 3 308 7038

Timaru (New Zealand)
9 Victoria Street
+64 3 686 6807

Oamaru (New Zealand)
42 Themes St
+64 3 434 5835

Sydney (Australia)
369 Victoria Street
Wetherill Park
+61 02 8798 0611

Liverpool (United Kingdom)
41 Speke Road, Garston
Liverpool L19 2NY
+44 (0) 151 427 2006

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