19 September 2014, FarmingShow.com (New Zealand)

Filipino migrant workers are bearing the brunt of hefty recruitment costs, taking the weight off Canterbury employers to pay their fair share.

Newstalk ZB understands some workers from the Philippines are being charged upwards of $10,000 by recruitment agencies to come to New Zealand.

Meanwhile, employers are being charged just a few hundred dollars.

Lane Neave lawyer Mark Williams says that puts the onus on employers – to do their homework.

He says employers should be asking recruitment agencies for a breakdown of fees charged, and ask what support they’d receive upon settling in New Zealand.

The Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce is calling for fair dealing

CEO Peter Townsend says the chamber’s committed to best employment practice, and so making sure employers exercise due diligence is key.



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