Canstaff Clients Hub


Your business. Our people.

We are proud to acknowledge that our clients’ specific recruitment requirements are always met with precision and integrity. We will listen to you and provide impartial and honest advice. We will always be open and transparent in our dealings. We will treat you with the utmost respect. And most importantly, we will always do what is right, not what is easy.

You have worked hard to develop your company culture and we will work with you to protect it. Candidates are much more than what is on their paper CV. Canstaff consultants understand the importance of human qualities, and have a strong grasp on the nuances of character and personal elements in relation to your employment requirements. Our expert staff take the time to ask the questions and find out the finer details of your requirements to provide you with the perfect match. We are confident of our ability to match you with the right candidate. So confident in fact, that we guarantee to connect your company with the right staff or your money back!

Delivering support to companies nationwide, we look forward to assisting you with your company's staffing and labour requirements by 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 applicants for the role to present to you for consideration.

We will work with you to develop a strategic plan that will assist you with forecasting and fulfilling your future staffing requirements. Contact us now to enhance your workforce.

Company Overview

Canstaff is a New Zealand owned, end-to-end recruitment solutions company which has assisted hundreds of candidates to find jobs and employers to hire the talent needed to make their business thrive.

Canstaff’s origins are based on the vision of one man to provide a long term solution to ongoing construction staff shortages in Canterbury, New Zealand. Starting from humble beginnings in 2001, Canstaff was the first locally owned and operated recruitment specialist to specifically address the dire shortage of construction staff in the Canterbury region.

Canstaff has been trading successfully for nearly two decades and we work with top tier clients within the construction industry nationwide. The strategic locations of our offices in Auckland, Pukekohe, Christchurch, Ashburton, Timaru/Oamaru and Queenstown, mean that we can provide a personalised, face-to-face service, and visit our clients on a regular basis.

Impeccable customer service, together with going above and beyond for clients and candidates, is at the heart of our core values. “We love people” is more than just a mantra to us, it is our way of life and deeply ingrained into the Canstaff culture. Our services have a proven record of success due to quality of service, understanding client requirements, compliance, and stringent health, safety, and training procedures.

As one of New Zealand’s leading construction recruiters, we consistently assess employment trends. It became immediately apparent as far back as 2004, that the demand for construction staff outweighed the New Zealand talent pool. To satisfy the growing demand for skilled staff, the management team needed to think outside of the box to source quality jobseekers; from labourers through to white collar professionals, and began employing overseas applicants as a joint venture with the Canterbury Development Corporation. We remain ever faithful to our roots and domestic candidates, while broadening the scope of our client resources with the worldwide recruitment and relocation of professional “hard to find” employees.

Canstaff now has locations in the Philippines, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and Canada and are proud to be the New Zealand recruiter of choice for many businesses worldwide. This method of candidate sourcing proved to be extremely successful in meeting the needs of employers who were unable to find skilled staff locally.

Our end-to-end service gives employers a stress-free and fast solution to fulfil staffing requirements. We are always looking for effective ways to make the process just as stress-free for our candidates; this led to the creation of our free relocation assistance package for blue and white collar professionals who meet our stringent employment criteria to relocate to New Zealand.

We have recruitment consultants committed to specialised sectors in the construction industry. Many of which, are from the industry in which they recruit:

  • Professional & Technical staff (engineers, quantity surveyors, site managers, forepersons)
  • Labour (skilled & semi-skilled general labour, bricklayer, concrete workers, steel fixers)
  • Trades (electrician, plumber, carpenter, drainlayers, painter, GIB installer, plasterer)
  • Drivers (heavy machinery, truck drivers, HGV, Class 5)
  • Civil construction (project manager, HSE manager, civil engineer, CAD drafter, surveyor/technician)
  • Engineers (project & site engineers, mechanical engineer, project engineer, structural engineer)
  • Manufacturing (production, operations, administration, management)

By employing specialist recruiters, we are able to offer our New Zealand clients tailored solutions from someone who understands the industry.

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.

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.

Canstaff Apprenticeship Programme

As much as Canstaff continue to employ international skilled workers from the United Kingdom, Europe and the Philippines we are passionate about our national job seekers who are committed to the construction industry. Through our unique Apprenticeship Programme we are able to target and select the right workers for your business ensuring that the apprentices are job ready, physically fit, reliable and enthusiastic to learn the trade.

Canstaff also have our own in house trainer which will visit clients and apprentices as part on the ongoing support to both parties.

Candidates will have varying training and skill levels, from new to the industry, right through to third/forth year apprentices. We give preference to those with NCEA Level 2 in English and maths and twelve months’ work experience or equivalent technical training.

Given the investment Canstaff are making in the apprentice training, a more robust selection process is in place than that of standard recruitment procedures. A handwritten application process is followed by phone screening and formal interviews prior to approval.

Our selection process includes checking and performing the following of each candidate:

  • ACC test
  • Drug test
  • Criminal background test
  • Referee checks
  • Character checks
  • We liaise parent(s) and partners where applicable assessing stability.

In return Canstaff offer a supportive work environment for the apprentices, negotiate pay rates and employment conditions as well as providing ongoing support at pastoral care level.

We will ensure the apprentice is residing in a healthy work environment, establish a relationship with them to assist with any personal issues which may impact on the apprentice’s ability to successfully participate in the programme as well as maintain contact with partners and the parents of younger apprentices.

Even if you only need someone for a few months, grab a Canstaff Apprentices and we’ll work with you.