Labour Inspector

Posted on 12-Mar-2018
Application Close Date: 25-Mar-2018
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  • Make a difference in the community
  • Ensure fair working conditions for all
  • Fixed term/secondment opportunity until April 2019
  • Based in Manukau, Auckland


The goal of MBIE is to create a strong and high performing economy for all New Zealanders. One way we can achieve this is by constantly working to ensure New Zealand employers provide fair and compliant workplaces. The Labour Inspectorate monitors and enforces our minimum employment standards.

In this challenging, but rewarding role in the Labour Inspectorate, you will be working largely in the field with a diverse range of people and cultures across a wide variety of industry sectors; many of them small businesses. You will have the authority and autonomy to make decisions and take actions which affect real changes in workplaces and the working lives of New Zealanders.

One day you could be investigating a minimum wage complaint, the next you could be working on worker exploitation alongside the Police and Immigration New Zealand, or auditing a company as part of a targeted enforcement project. On your days in the office you could be working with your team to come up with new creative approaches. 


As an Employment Standards Investigator (officially titled Labour Inspector for the purposes of the legislation), you will be: 

  • Raising the quality of employment standards and ensuring workplaces treat employees fairly
  • Challenging employer non-compliance
  • Managing your own cases through the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court


We are especially interested in hearing from those who have:

  • A strong interest in community wellbeing
  • Exceptional people skills with the ability to build relationships with a wide range of people and cultures
  • A full current drivers licence
  • Great organisational skills and the ability to be self-managing in terms of workload
  • The ability and willingness to problem solve cases with and alongside your colleagues and managers
  • The ability to ask the right questions to quickly obtain the information required from employers
  • Tertiary qualification (desirable) but sound academic record as a minimum
  • Well-developed written and verbal communications skills
  • A working knowledge of Microsoft Office 
  • Demonstrable ability to write reports and make verbal presentations to a high standard
  • Previous experience in an analytical, regulatory or compliance role
  • Interpreted and applied legislation, completed investigations and written comprehensive reports.


Why work for us?

  • You'll have full on-the-job training as well as on-going mentoring opportunities
  • We'll help you develop your career in this role and beyond
  • We'll give you a great work/life balance
  • You'll work with a strong, supportive and high achieving team
  • You'll have access to discounted health insurance premiums for yourself and your family and discounted banking with Westpac


To apply for this role, click on the “Apply Now” button to read and download the position description.  Please apply directly online, complete the application form and submit your CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for this role.

If you have any queries please contact Monica Chow on

Applications close at 5pm, Sunday 25 March 2018.