Sealord is going online to hire 400 seasonal workers for its Nelson fish processing plant and fishing boats.
Last week Sealord advertised an RFI (request for information) for an online recruitment system for the 400 casual processing staff and fishing boat crew it employs in Nelson each year.
Recruitment co-ordinator Manoli Aerakis says Sealord, which employs up to 2000 workers at peak times, is one of the first New Zealand companies to consider using e-procurement for less skilled staff.
"We're looking at the lower end of the market, so the system needs to be easy to use," he says. If online recruitment for less skilled staff works, the seafood company may use it to recruit other types of employee, including managerial and administration staff, he says.
"At the moment, the recruitment process for Sealord is a paper trail -- it's very time-consuming and expensive to handle and process application forms." A single application "probably goes through five peoples' hands before it reaches my desk", he says.
There will be a facility at Sealord's Nelson premises for applicants to enter their details online, and plans are to make the process available though Winz's computer network.
Sealord uses the Concept Human Resources management system, so the e-recruitment system would need to integrate with it, Aerakis says. Other requirements for the e-recruitment system include the ability to select applicants for interviews and to store candidate's job histories.
The response from potential providers has been strong, says Aerakis. "We've had responses from big providers and from smaller ones."
The RFI closes on November 9.