Online placement service to promote region’s labour mobility

A Pacific-wide online recruitment service launched in March this year aims to place more Pacific people into senior roles around the region while also encouraging islanders to return to work in their home countries. Pacific People ( says it is “the first specialised end-to-end online recruitment service” for Pacific people that encourages labour mobility in the region.

The online service is an initiative of AVI, an Australian not-for-profit international development agency that invites and facilitates change by bringing people together to share their skills and experience. AVI has more than 50 years’ experience building capacity through the sharing of skills and experience in Fiji and the region.

Both employers and job seekers can use the Pacific People website’s region-wide job board to access information and opportunities for recruiting suitable candidates and for seeking career progression.

Asked if the geographic footprint of the service covered New Zealand and Australia, Thelma Taria-Savua, Pacific People General Manager told Pacific Periscope, “We are also working to establish partnerships with Pacific islands diaspora in Australia and New Zealand to build a pool of skilled professionals who may be interested in returning to their home countries to fill senior/executive management and specialist roles.”

Ms Taria-Savua said Pacific People would be working with international organisations and governments (like Australia and New Zealand) that are looking to recruit from the Pacific.

“We’re the seamless one-stop-shop the region has needed for any company or organisation seeking the right person with the right skills as well as those seeking new employment prospects,” she added.

The key focus for Pacific People for now would be on mid-to-senior/executive management and specialist positions that are normally hard to fill around the region but would be open to discuss discuss how they can partner with government ministries and agencies to enhance labour mobility across the region.

AVI Chief Executive Paul Bird said, “Pacific People harnesses the considerable expertise and experience of AVI in recruitment and workforce development, as well as its systems and quality.”

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) NZ has in the past worked with New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Scheme in its early years.

PTI NZ Chief Investment Officer Manuel Valdez said, “It is good to know that an online service has been launched that promotes labour mobility in the region. Our own experience with the RSE scheme has been good, resulting in economic development in the region through the trickle down effect of seasonal workers investing their earnings in enterprises back home.”

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