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Hiring an employee

If you’re a sole trader, contractor, in a partnership or own a
small business — or you advise any of these people — here’s
where you’ll find tips, tools and visual guides to help with
hiring, eg:

  • who to hire and when
  • how to interview
  • what it really costs to take people on.

Use our tools to build legally safe employment agreements
and workplace policies, and test your knowledge with our quiz.

Deciding to hire

Tips and tools for when you're thinking about taking on staff

News

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Hiring people

Tips and tools to help you hire with confidence

How to do a job interview

Hiring the right person will help your business grow. Get tips on what to ask and how to ask it.

casestudy NippingProblemsInTheBud

Case study

Nipping problems in the bud

Jon, a science teacher, is offered a permanent job at an area school near Cromwell. He tells the acting principal he’d like to look over the collective agreement before signing his letter of offer. The principal agrees.

Jon asks his union, the Post Primary Teachers’ Association, to go through the collective agreement and letter of offer with him. They immediately notice it’s out of date — a new collective agreement is in place. Jon tells the principal why he won’t sign the letter of offer and points out the salary increments have gone up.

The principal apologises and gives Jon the correct agreement. Jon signs the letter of offer and both Jon and the principal are happy that the union helped spot the mistake and avoid future problems.

Managing people day-to-day

Guides and tools to make sure you get employment right

casestudy gardener

Case study

Weighing options

For five years, Ben’s Gardening Service has mown and weeded suburban gardens. Ben, the owner and only gardener, has found it easy to keep on top of the work and the invoicing. His accountant handles his GST and tax responsibilities.

Having won a contract to maintain the grounds of two retirement villages, Ben considers hiring another gardener. After discussing it with his accountant — and using the Employee Cost Calculator (external link) to check if he can afford help — Ben decides on a permanent employee working three days a week.

Ben’s plan is for his new employee to take over the existing clients, while he concentrates on the retirement grounds, the paperwork, and winning new work. Ben’s happy his business is growing and that he took the time to figure out what kind of employee he needs.