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Labour Standards Officer (Christchurch)

NZ Gov MBIE | Posted 7-05-2021

Christchurch (Law and Justice)


  • Grow your career in employment relations
  • Develop facilitation skills
  • Be part of a recognized high performing team within the Labour Inspectorate
  • Permanent opportunity, role can be based either in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch location
  • Salary steps: $61,107 - $70,210

Why work for us?


Investing towards the development of our regulatory staff is a key focus for MBIE. We aim to create a culture where our regulators are empowered to bring in fresh perspectives to issues and are constantly challenged think outside the box. MBIE offers significant opportunity for developing experience across a broad variety of areas. We encourage excellence and proactively support development through on-the-job learning, training courses, conferences and seminars, development programmes, secondments and study opportunities.
About the role
Labour Standards Officer is the ideal role to start your career dealing with employment relations issues. In this role you will gain extensive knowledge on minimum employment standards legislation which you will apply daily towards effectively resolving issues raised by employees which relate to minimum employment standards. You will be provided with regular guidance and continuous professional development, including the opportunity to study for nationally recognised regulatory qualifications.
You will be expected to work autonomously, have a proactive approach to your work, keep up-to-date with changes in the legislation and adhere to deadlines. You will also contribute to a high-performing team and actively take part in team quality and review processes.
Skills and experience required:
Whilst this is an entry level position, it is preferred for the candidate to possess the following attributes:
  • A strong interest in, and/or study towards, developing a career in employment relations
  • Ability to use strong analytical and critical thinking skills to make effective and sound decisions
  • A flexible in approach to problem solving
  • Demonstrate proficient questioning skills to understand employees and employers circumstances to identify underlying issues.
  • Ability to be a professional influence in challenging situations
  • Ability to explain complex issues and policies in a manner that can clearly be understood both over the phone and in written communication
  • Ability to maintain detailed and accurate records
  • Ability to relate to and build rapport with people from different backgrounds
  • A strong team player with ability to work collaboratively
  • Able to contribute to and support a team learning culture
  • Must have excellent time management skills with the ability to prioritise your workload
  • Must have legal right to live and work in NZ
About MBIE and the Labour Inspectorate:
The purpose of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is to Grow New Zealand for All. Our goal is to create a strong and high-performing economy by creating an environment that supports businesses to become more productive and internationally competitive.
The Labour Standards Officer is a team member position in MBIE's Labour Inspectorate. The Labour Inspectorate is accountable for the enforcement of minimum employment standards through:
  • Detecting and addressing non-compliance with minimum employment standards legislation;
  • Providing information and education to support compliance and raise awareness of employment standards;
  • Preventing non-compliance by assisting employers to implement systems and practices that comply with employment law;
  • Providing services that encourage and support employers and employees to resolve employment standards disputes.
The Labour Standards Team supports the Labour Inspectorate by assisting employees and employers to resolve one-off instances where minimum employment standards have been breached. Labour Standards Officers provide assistance, advice, education and information primarily by telephone to clients of the Labour Inspectorate in order to enable them to meet their legislative requirements relating to minimum employment standards.
How to apply:
Click on the APPLY button below in order to be directed to our on-line careers website. You may view a position description at this site, as well as complete the on-line application, and upload a CV and cover letter. For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.
Email Monica Chow at monica.chow2@mbie.govt.nz quoting ref MBIE/1530521_C if you have any further questions.
Applications close at 5pm on 12 May 2021.