- Know what kind of help you need. Do you need fixed-term employees to work specific shifts all summer? Or casuals who'll work intermittently, e.g. to cover for staff sickness or during unexpectedly busy periods? Find out more about hiring fixed term and casual employees to make sure you're advertising for the right kind of help.
- Start recruiting NOW. It's best to start the search three to four months before you need extra help, and to bring new workers on board several weeks before the rush. This gives you time to train them properly, and a chance to find replacements if needed. Recruiting now also means the top talent won't yet have been snapped up by other employers.
- Get the right paperwork. All staff – regardless of employment status – need a written employment agreement that specifies hours of work and requirements for giving notice. If offering a fixed-term contract, you must have a genuine reason why the role is only for a limited time. Casual agreements should note there's no expectation of ongoing employment. If you need assistance with employment agreements, please contact our payroll team and we can discuss the options available to you.
- Check your pay rates. You must offer at least minimum wage – there are three rates:
2.Training minimum wage
3.Adult minimum wageUse the guide on the New Zealand at Work website to make sure you choose the right rate and pay your staff fairly.
For tips on the full hiring process – from job ads to interviews, employment agreements to preparing for their first day – check out Business.govt.nz's Staff & HR section.