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Principal, Senior and Policy Advisors - Labour and Immigration Policy

Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
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Policy & analysis
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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  • Exciting opportunities at the crossroads of economic and social policy with a high quality policy branch
  • Work on cutting edge strategic and regulatory policy work that will help shape New Zealand's labour markets
  • Engage directly with Ministers, leading policy thinkers and key stakeholders


“The issues that we look at have the potential to make a significant difference to how our markets operate, and can be a significant catalyst to fuelling our growth as a country.” Principal Policy Adviser



MBIE's purpose is to grow the New Zealand economy to provide a better standard of living for all New Zealanders.

Developing our policy staff is a key focus for MBIE. MBIE operates in a high trust environment. Staff are empowered to bring fresh perspectives to issues and to think outside the box. Being the largest policy shop in NZ, MBIE offers significant opportunity for leadership and developing broader policy 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, rotations to other branches and study opportunities.

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  • Critical thinking and analytical skills to challenge the status quo
  • People who are energised by working with a wide range of stakeholders and partners, including Ministers
  • A ‘can do' attitude, and people wanting to take ownership of their work to deliver the best results
  • A desire to deepen your understanding of labour market and/or regulation.



The Labour and Immigration Policy branch contributes to all of the high-level MBIE outcomes. The branch is made up of six policy team: Accident Compensation Policy, Employment Relations Policy, Employment Standards Policy, Health and Safety Policy, Immigration Policy and Skills and Employment Policy. Together, the branch is responsible for ensuring good outcomes from work through a set of regulatory and non-regulatory systems. Specifically, it looks to 

  • Set a clear policy direction across all labour market policy areas, to ensure they contribute to the government's overall outcomes.
  • Ensure its regulatory systems are well managed, to support an efficient and productive labour market, and so that firms and workers understand their obligations, are supported in meeting them, and have confidence they will be enforced throughout the labour market.
  • Improve the skills base of the working population to provide the talent that firms need to grow, including through access to the global labour market, and support individuals' ability to participate in work.
  • Support high participation in work to ensure that the benefits of that work accrue to a broad base of New Zealanders.


The branch contributes to work on a range of other issues that are critical to achieving important outcomes for New Zealand.  These include facilitating the growth of New Zealand's export markets, supporting global humanitarian initiatives, national security, and enabling New Zealanders to lead socially fulfilling lives even where they may not be able to engage directly with work.

The branch works closely with a range of other internal and external stakeholders including the other policy teams and service delivery arms within MBIE, other Government agencies with interest in labour markets, unions and business organisations


Please see attached more information on the Labour and Immigration Policy teams within the Branch.



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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.


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Applications close at 5pm on Sunday 26th November 2017.




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