Employment & Immigration
FINDING & ADVERTISING FOR STAFF
The Trainers’ Association can help with sourcing staff. On the Employment section, there is a current listing of staff available and looking for work. If you can’t see anyone suitable on the staff listing available on the website, trainers can have their details listed on the Trainers looking for Staff listing, and an ad can be placed on your behalf on various Equine staff social media pages.
If you wish to be included on a listing for trainers looking for staff and have advertisements placed on your behalf, please download and complete the following document.
RESPONSIBILITIES & COMPLIANCE
NZTA provides members with a comprehensive and easy to follow pack for ensuring you can comply with employment legislation. This includes templates for documents that must be used (all can be changed to suit your requirements) - just click on the link below:
- Guidelines for NZTA members when employing staffw
- An employment agreement (only the text in red requires you to put in details) THIS IS BEING UPDATED - There are currently updates required to the Employment Agreement template. Whilst these are being undertaken, please contact Karen Russell at Leading HR & Immigration - +64 272316662 or [email protected]
- An offer of employment letter with Covid Clause
- Job Descriptions for either Stablehands or Trackwork riders
- A spreadsheet for recording hours worked, leave taken
- A flowchart to see if your staff could qualify as an independent contractor
- Information on PAYE filing from 1st April 2019.
- KiwiSaver information required to be distributed for first-time employees
- For international staff, we are also able to provide a letter to support for immigration purposes and direct you to a reputable immigration specialist to assist with the necessary paperwork.
WHAT THE INCREASE IN THE MINIMUM WAGE MEANS FOR YOU AS A TRAINER AND EMPLOYER - updated May 2022 following the increase in minimum wage to $21.20 per hour
The Trainers' Association is very fortunate to have had an extremely astute trainer, Bruce Wallace provide a great analysis of the ramifications of the wage increase.
"With the introduction of the additional Public Holiday, Matariki, now ten days sick pay per year and an increase of the minimum wage effective 1st April 2022 Trainers need to increase their daily charge to recover this cost by $2.92 per day. This of course does not allow for any overhead and margin on the additional cost and is exclusive of gst.
Other concerns Trainers should have is the increase in their supply costs because of rising fuel prices and supply constraints which in addition to their labour cost increases is fuelling the current inflationary and interest rate hikes, all will effect Trainers costs and bottom line.
Of course, Trainers have the option to absorb these cost but I doubt many would be able to do this.
I have once again attached the updated Burden Rate Labour Calculation template and our letter which we will be sending out to our owners with this month’s invoices.
I would strongly suggest that any Trainer charging under $95.00 per day would be losing money. Trainers should be charging no less than $125.00 per day.
Here are the links to the spreadsheet analysis and the suggested letter for owners.
Information is provided for trainers to assist when employing immigrants.
Updated legislation May 2021 - Immigration Changes
Urgent Update regarding change in visa policy: https://mailchi.mp/0173fcba448f/urgent-immigration-update
Link to articles produced in July 2020 regarding the policy changes from:
Leading Recruitment and Immigration: New visa policy and information
Pathways: Visa policy including incorporating board/rent into calculation of hourly rate
Once you have arranged employment of an immigrant, you will require a letter of support from the Trainers’ Association, please download and complete the following details and a letter will be sent to you.
Leading Recruitment and Immigration NZ
Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 027 2316662
Pathways to New Zealand Ltd
Email: [email protected]
2021 RESIDENCY VISAS
Trackwork Rider, Stablehands, Horse breeder, Horse groomer are on the Scarce list!
Your staff can apply from 1 March 2022 - they must:
- have been in New Zealand on 29 September 2021, and
- be on an eligible visa on 29 September 2021, or
- have an application submitted for an eligible visa on 29 September 2021 that was later granted.
- 'settled' have lived in New Zealand for the past 3 or more years, OR
- 'skilled' earn at or above the median wage of $27 per hour, OR
- ‘scarce’ work in a role on the scarce list.
- If you have provided a medical certificate within the last 36 months and were assessed as having an acceptable standard of health, you will not need to provide a further medical certificate.
- If you have not provided a medical certificate within the last 36 months you will need to provide a Limited Medical Certificate.
Our fee to assist you to apply for this visa: $990.00
Immigration application: $2,160 (includes GST)
If you have questions or you would like Karen to assist you please email her at [email protected]
CEO & Licensed Immigration Adviser