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Canstaff delivers recruitment and labour hire services to the construction, civil construction, engineering, logistics and manufacturing industries. Whether it's contract or permanent employees you require, we make sure you have exactly who you need, when you need them. We take care of the people so you can focus on your business.

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.

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 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.

At Canstaff, we are now moving into our second decade of recruitment with offices throughout New Zealand, and global offices in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Philippines, Canada, and Australia.

As a global recruiter, we are proud to represent New Zealand on a worldwide scale.

Our unique international recruitment model is focused around strategic search and selection methodologies. By using innovative advertising and networking strategies, sophisticated market mapping, and business intelligence techniques, we attract the most elite and sought after candidates.

Canstaff consultants are able to pinpoint professionals on our global network database which perfectly match the criteria of specific skills for each vacancy. Our consultants employ a rigorous screening process to draw up a list of the most suitable candidates and provide clients with their portfolios for consideration. This empowers businesses with the best selection of talent and offers our candidates the most viable opportunities to help them take the next step in their career.

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.

Your Business. Our People.