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Supporting Employment

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) offers a range of services to support businesses looking to employ new staff, including:

  • No fee recruitment services that connect employers to New Zealand's largest pool of job seekers.
  • Support for wages and training, such as: 
    •  Contributing to wages and training for pre-employment, in-work or short-term training.
    • Advice to help new staff settle into your workplace.
    • Contributing to workplace modifications, on-the-job support and wages for candidates with a health condition or disability. 

If an employer has a candidate who needs additional support, MSD offers the following programmes:

  • Flexi-wage financial support to help pay and upskill a new employee
  • Mana in Mahi connects employers with people who are keen to have a long-term career. MSD can help pay for pre-employment training, provide a wage subsidy to help offset the time you business will need to invest in their training and ongoing development and help pay for industry training and course fees. 
  • Skills for Industry: If your candidate needs specific skills, MSD can help with training.
  • Connected: Helps New Zealanders connect to the wide range of Employment, Education and Training support and advice available through government agencies. More information about Connected is here.

Visit to find out more and to connect with MSD