April 8, 2020


Sealord of New Zealand offers seasonal work to people with jobs impacted by pandemic




New Zealand's leading seafood company, Sealord, has invited people looking for work as a result of COVID-19 to join them for the approaching hoki season.


Hoki is one of the most sustainable and commercially valuable fisheries in New Zealand, with a market value of more than NZ$232 million (US$ 138.35 million). Sealord owns 30% of the hoki quota and employs more than 300 seasonal workers to fill temporary land-based factory roles and jobs on board fishing vessels from May to September.


Doug Paulin, Sealord's chief operating officer, said the company has been having difficulty filling roles for the hoki season, Sealord's busiest time of year due to a lack of seasonal workers travelling to New Zealand.


"The New Zealand government has advised that Sealord is considered an essential service and can continue operations, with strict safety, health and social distancing requirements being adhered to both at work and at home. As a food manufacturing business, we have always maintained a very high standard of care for our workers through our health and safety practices. Now we have introduced a raft of extra measures in response to COVID-19", he said.


Paulin said visitors on temporary work permits have traditionally made up the shortfall in the local workforce. "This year, we have been reaching out to other industries struggling to provide work for their staff," he said.


Sealord is looking for people with a range of skills including good hand-eye coordination and the ability to stand in a production line for an eight-hour shift in the company's grading and packaging plant.


There are two shifts available for these positions, a day and an afternoon rotation that starts at 4 p.m. Roles for forklift operators, commercial cleaners and people with filleting experience are also available.


For more information about these jobs and how to apply, see the www.sealord.com/nz/careers/.