FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How is the process and the job
As a driver, how much I have to pay to this recruiting agency?
Nothing. The truck companies will pay us for our services.
You only have to take care of paying for your flight and your food once here in New Zealand. First 10 days of accommodation in New Zealand are free. After that you take care of your accommodation needs. We will provide you with the necessary info on time so that you have time to find a place with no stress. The company will pay for the visa processing and your driving tests to exchange the licenses.
New Zealand is far away, who pays for the flight ticket?
If you are interested to work in New Zealand, the company will take care of the visa but you will pay for your medical check and your flight. The first 10 days in New Zealand you will have paid accommodation at an agreed location in New Zealand to prepare your driving exams.
Which are the requirements to be part of the pool of drivers available to be recruited for New Zealand companies?
- Clean criminal record ( You will provide a clean criminal record of every country you have lived for more than 12 months in the last 15 years)
- Proven experience in heavy articulated trucks for at least 5 years (Proof of that will be asked)
- Intermediate or higher level of conversational English
- Age 25 to 55 years old (older than 50 years old cannot gain Residency status)
- Excellent health (A Medical Check will be carried before the visa is offered)
- Strong work ethic
- Health and Safety conscious
- Able to pass an alcohol test at any time (Failing the test will terminate the contract)
- Able to pass a drug test at any time (Failing the test will terminate the contract)
- Able to follow instructions
Is my nationality important? Are there passports with easier access to New Zealand visas?
No, workers holding any passport can be sponsored. The only important is to fulfill all requirements stated in the previous question.
I have a partner and kids... can they come with me?
Absolutely. Your visa will allow them to be sponsored with you. Your partner will come with an open work visa and your children will go to school with the same rights than the rest of children.
However, we strongly recommend that your family does not join you until you have exchanged the licenses, started to work, save a little and found a rental. Any rental will ask you for a bond (deposit) apart of the weekly payments.
How good has to be my English? do you need an IELTS, TOFL or similar exam?
No, you do not need to pass any English exam, but your English must be good enough to understand and be understood. To work safely, to be able to pass interviews, driving exams and understand courses you may take. We will test your English in an interview, the company will test it too. If it is not good enough there is no chance to be sponsored.
My English is not good, but if I can get a job in New Zealand I will learn it very fast. Can I get sponsored?
No, your English has to be good enough to be able to work safely, to be able to pass interviews, driving exams and understand courses you may take. We will test your English in an interview, the company will test it too. If it is not good enough there is no chance to be sponsored. You will need to improve it.
Can I get a Working Holiday visa to work in New Zealand while I improve my English?
Yes you can.
If you are younger than 31 years old and hold a passport from any of these countries: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA or Vietnam
Or you are younger than 36 years old and hold a passport of any of these countries: Argentina, Canada, Chile, Czech, Finland, Hungary, Slovakia or Uruguay.
There is one day a year where you can apply online for those visas and get them with very little requirements. Then you can come and find a job in New Zealand to improve your English and have access to further work visas to stay.
If a company is interested in me, what kind of contract do I get?
You will get a one year contract that can be renewed. At this moment the law allows you to renew it twice. That limitation will be raised soon.
Can I get Residency Status or I am just a Temporary worker renewing my visa every year?
At the moment with the current law you are only a Temporary Worker and you cannot get Permanent Residency status. Law changes are coming to change that.
How do I get paid?
You get paid weekly or bi-weekly in your bank account in New Zealand. You cannot be paid in your bank account in another country.
How much am I going to earn?
You will be paid by the hour. At least 25,75 New Zealand dollars an hour. Working hours are driving, refueling, paperwork, loading or unloading, inspections, waiting time in queues, etc.
Resting time is not paid: your breaks during the day are not working hours.
Can they discount me damages to the vehicle?
It is illegal to charge you for repairing damage you have done to the truck. That is what insurance is for. However if they think you are not up to the job your visa will be cancelled.
In what circumstances can I loose my visa?
If they cancel the contract you lose the visa immediately.
During the first 3 months they can dismiss you and cancel your visa without justification, as it is a trial period.
After 3 months on the job they can only dismiss you in case you have had an accident, you have lost your license, you have been caught in a disciplinary incidents (stealing, speeding, assaulting, etc) or you have accumulated 2 official warnings for lesser disciplinary incidents.
You can also lose your visa if the job you are doing is cancelled and the company cannot find you another job to do. However in this case we will help you find another company to continue you life in New Zealand.
If I get sponsored by one company, can I work for another company?
Not straight away. If you are sponsored then you can only work for the company that sponsored your visa. If you are not happy at this company and you wish you change, you can find another company that wants to sponsor you and, because you are in New Zealand already working, it is an easy and fast process to get a VOC in your visa to change companies.
Can I buy a truck or have my own company in New Zealand with the visa I get?
No, you can only work for the company that sponsors you, as a Temporary Worker. Once you get Residency you are free to be self employed.
What if I do not like the company I work for?
Dialog is the best way to solve problems and missunderstandings. The company hired you because they need you and is in your best interest to finish your contract. New Zealand is a small country and your reputation depends on this first company to offer you another year of visa or to recommend you to another company.
If you leave this company after only a few months work without finishing your contract you can find another company but it is not that easy as if you finish adequately your first year.
Am I going to get the worst truck? the worst route?
Yes and no. You will get the truck that is available and the route that needs to be done. Probably is the truck that no one wants and the route that no one wants. However it does not means it is the worse truck or the worse route. Some times the companies cannot find drivers for the American trucks because many drivers are not trained to driver Eaton Fullers (Road Rangers). Kiwi drivers do not feel comfortable delivering in big cities but your other drivers like you that is an easy day of work. There are many afternoon shifts or night shifts that no one wants to do because they have family. ou can also be used as a cover driver for different trucks depending on the day, including being a forklift driver.
Any other question? Just ask