Principal, Senior and Policy Advisors - Labour and Immigration Policy

Posted on 12-Jan-2018
Application Close Date: 28-Jan-2018
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Policy and Research
Position Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Would you like to lead advice to Ministers on once in a generation reforms to employment law? Help shape New Zealand's strategy to address the growing issues about migrant exploitation? Be part of a vibrant team that helps shape up a new Ministerial portfolio?

If you are a policy professional looking for a new challenge and these questions have sparked your interest, then we would like to hear from you! The Labour and Immigration Policy Branch leads on these issues and many more.



  • People who want to work on cutting edge strategic and regulatory policy work that will help shape New Zealand's labour markets
  • 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 working directly with Ministers and leading policy thinkers
  • 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 issues and/or regulation.



The Labour and Immigration Policy branch is the lead advisor to the Government on labour market issues. We support Ministers to deliver their commitments in the Employment, Workplace Relations and Safety, Immigration and Accident Compensation policy portfolios. To do this, we support Ministers to set high level strategy, develop legislation and work closely with operational agencies . 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.

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

Please see the brochure attached for more information about the Labour and Immigration Policy teams within the Branch.



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.

Find out more about MBIE at 



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. 


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Applications close at 5 pm on Sunday 28th January 2018.