Also speaking at the Summit, PricewaterhouseCoopers recruitment manager Amy Gregory said PwC in New Zealand benefitted from a significant global mobility program, which delivered 40% of its hires.
“We’ve got a lot of people over here on secondment from various territories around the world. So we try to tap into their networks – as soon as someone starts, we promote the employee referral program in their induction meetings.”
The company also asked existing staff to have conversations with candidates from overseas who were in talks to join the organisation, she said, about “what’s it actually like moving to New Zealand, how is it different from their country – that sort of thing”. This was important, because in some cases there was a need to sell the benefits of a move to NZ.
Two weeks ago, she said, a Hong Kong-based candidate had turned the company down, after speaking to his NZ-based uncle, who told him New Zealand was somewhere people went to retire.
“Where do you go from there? I tried to change his perception but… we couldn’t turn him around. So it’s also about getting to candidates and changing their perceptions [about] the experience they will get in NZ, [showing] that it’s a great opportunity to develop their career.”