Tyler Wren recently participated in a CCP Community Connect session with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand’s (CAANZ). The purpose of the event was around the topics of returning kiwis and immigration changes. The event also covered staff attraction and staff retention. Ben Holloway joined the session to discuss and offer some tips. In addition, he shares what he has seen in the market on these topics. Below are some of the points discussed and recordings from the event.

What can Public Practice firms do better to attract returning Kiwis?

As the world opens up again, many Kiwis will now head over on their OEs. A large portion of these are going to go, and it is out of our control. On the other hand, there are also many Kiwis returning after spending the pandemic so far overseas. How do we attract these back to public practice in New Zealand?

  • Stay in touch – If somebody leaves to go on their OE, stay in touch with them. The desire to go overseas isn’t necessarily a reflection of your business, and often accountants return at a later date. Make it clear that the door is always open, and drop them a message from time to time.
  • Secondments – If possible, keep the accountant within the business and help with transfers and secondments.
  • Referrals – Talk with your team. Do they have friends or previous classmates overseas looking to return? Who better to sell your business than a current satisfied employee.
  • Recruiter – Engage with a recruiter that tracks Kiwis overseas. Tyler Wren has resources in the UK whose sole purpose is to flag returning Kiwis to us here in New Zealand.
  • Relocation – Provide relocation and accommodation allowances. Show a genuine interest in the whole family situation.
  • Network – Join Linkedin and Facebook groups such as Kiwis Overseas, and post regularly to them. Use overseas job boards.

Please get in touch for more information on attraction, retention, and attracting Kiwis overseas.

Ben Holloway | bholloway@tylerwren.co.nz | 03 244 0258

If you would like more information on the Chartered Accountants CPP Community Connect Sessions, please reach out to Tony Douglas – tony.douglas@charteredaccountantsanz.com

Further videos from the event are available below:

How to improve staff retention

How to improve your candidate attraction