Our Business is all about you

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.

Company Overview

Canstaff is the only New Zealand owned Recruitment Company with offices across Canterbury. As market leaders we assess employment trends and when it was evident there was not a big enough pool of staff in the Canterbury Region and throughout New Zealand to satisfy the demand we began utilising overseas applicants. Canstaff began employing overseas applicants originally as a joint venture with the Canterbury Development Corporation.

The Company was originally founded to supply Agriculture labour hire in 2001 to ultimately assist farmers address the dire shortage of staff across all sectors in the buoyant Canterbury agricultural sector.

Within 6 months of starting out the recruitment focus had broadened into the industrial and commercial sectors to meet client demand.

Employment Services Ltd is the parent company which incorporates Human Resources, Health and Safety, with specialist divisions within Professional & Technical staff, Executive, Industrial Contract Labour hire and Agriculture.

By having specialist recruiters we believe we are offering our clients tailored solutions to meet their individual needs.

Canstaff first visited the United Kingdom to recruit staff in 2004 and has returned yearly to Europe to recruit high quality blue and white collar professionals. Today, sourcing and placing immigrants with New Zealand organisations is a very important component of the ESL operation.

At Canstaff we specialise in the supply of Professional & Technical staff (engineers, quantity surveyors, site managers, forepersons, etc) on a contract or permanent placement basis. We also specialise in Labour & Trades (skilled & semi-skilled general labour, carpenters & other trades, machine drivers, etc) on a long term or short term basis.

Our service has proven to be successful due to quality of service, understanding client requirements, compliance and stringent health, safety and training procedures.

The strategic locations of our offices and the availability of our management staff means that we can provide a personal service and be physically present on any client site on a regular basis. In this way we operate in the manner of an old fashioned sub-contractor where accessibility, availability and face-to-face contact are vital in ensuring customer satisfaction and issues being dealt with at source. The service is professionally supported by a dedicated team of administrative staff in finance and IT.

The corporate values governing Canstaff development include:

  • Canstaff is characterised by the honesty of its staff, the consistency in the delivery of service and fairness in our dealing with candidates and staff.
  • Canstaff has a commitment to professionalism and delivery of value in all our dealings.

Quality Commitment

Canstaff incorporate Total Quality Management (TQM) as its set of management practices. This approach ensures we constantly meet or exceed our client and applicants expectations.

This ensures we provide and continue to provide our clients with the level of service that they expect. TQM looks at the overall quality measures used by a company including managing quality design and development, quality control and maintenance, quality improvement, and quality assurance.

As a part of TQM our staff are regularly offered on-going training, and development.

Professional & Technical Department

Canstaff's Professional & Technical Department specialises in the recruitment of technical and management personnel to the construction and engineering industry.

We source qualified & experienced staff for permanent roles as well as on contract/short term contracts in the fields of main contracting, engineering, quantity surveying, health & safety etc.

Canstaff provide a professional, confidential and personal service at a competitive rate to our clients. Over the last decade we have built strong relationships with our wide client base which includes a number of industry leaders to smaller operators.

Our constantly expanding database of highly qualified candidates includes:

  • Civil & Structural Engineers
  • Contracts Managers
  • Draughting Personnel
  • Health & Safety Personnel
  • Project Managers
  • Procurement Managers
  • Quantity surveyors/ Commercial Dtaff
  • Site Administrators/Document Controllers

We pride ourselves on our ability to respond to our clients’ needs in a timely manner with a shortlist of interviewed, background and reference checked candidates.

We believe our role is to create and facilitate a successful union by carefully matching our candidate's qualifications, experience and abilities with our clients' specific requirements. This approach built on our ‘strict attention to detail' policy distinguishes our team of dedicated industry experienced consultants from that of our competitors.

Civil Construction Department

With the continued growth in the Civil Construction sector and in order to effectively meet our client's requirements we have set up dedicated Civil Construction department throughout all our offices.

With an experienced management team in place and offices located throughout the South Island, we are in position to meet all recruitment and staffing needs and provide the highest level of service, for which Canstaff is renowned.

Our flexible approach means that we can supply staff for long term projects or a one off requirement. We have built up strong working relationships with many of the largest civil engineering companies and this concentration on the sector will serve to benefit customer and candidate alike through a streamlined service and increased understanding of the intricacies of the sector.

Labour & Trades Department

Canstaff are one of the main suppliers of Labour and Trades throughout Canterbury with a proven track record spanning 10 years.

This service involves the supply of contract labour (skilled and semi-skilled), tradesmen, machine drivers, etc to supplement the client's own workforce as required in busy times and tight contract deadlines.

Whether the requirement is for one operative for one day or a complete service gang for the duration of a contract, we provide competent, vetted and appropriately trained personnel and operate a comprehensive reviewing process to ensure that the client is satisfied with the operatives supplied. Regular contact with site management teams and workforce is maintained through our mobile labour managers who visit sites regularly. Any issues that the workers may have can thus be dealt with at source.

By managing the labour requirements, we leave the site team free to manage the job.

Construction Office Support

Canstaff specialise in sourcing efficient and professional office support staff for our clients in the construction sector.

We provide staff whose skills and experience add value to the client's business and work environment.

We provide site secretaries and administrators, company accountants, document controllers, executive assistants, receptionists and office juniors.

The close working relationships that have been developed with practices of all sizes and the integrated nature of the Office Support department ensures that we are able to offer suitably qualified candidates a whole range of job vacancies in any number of locations.

Through our screening and interviewing process, we can provide an excellent calibre of candidate to ensure that they fit the experience, personality and motivation required by our clients.

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.

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Our Locations

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

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

Timaru (New Zealand)
Royal Arcade
Between Stafford St and Sophia St
+64 3 686 6807

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

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

Liverpool (United Kingdom)
Estuary Business Park
+44 (0) 151 432 5642

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