Labour Inspector

Date:  25-Jan-2023

Auckland, NZ, 1010

Starting Salary $73,364


Permanent Role

•    A mix of office and field-based responsibilities  
•    Make a difference in the community
•    Ensure fair working conditions for all

Tēnei tūranga -

About the role:

We create a strong and high performing economy for all New Zealanders. One way we can achieve this is by ensuring that employers provide their employees with fair and compliant workplaces. 


Labour inspectors are responsible for ensuring that employers are compliant with legislative provisions relating to the payment of the minimum wage, holiday and leave entitlements, written employment agreements, and mandatory record keeping requirements. One day you could be visiting a restaurant to investigate a minimum wage complaint, the next you could be at a construction site to assess whether employees have compliant employment agreements. On your days in the office, you will be reviewing records provided by employers and employees, developing spreadsheets to calculate employee entitlements, and writing up your findings. 

As Labour Inspector, you will be:  


  • Interviewing employers and employees about compliance with minimum employment standards 
  • Using a range of techniques to gather evidence to assess whether noncompliance has occurred, including creating spreadsheets to calculate employee entitlements 
  • Writing clear, professional investigation reports that explain your investigation findings 
  • Drafting and issuing enforcement documents, such as infringement notices, improvement notices and enforceable undertakings 
  • Managing your own cases through the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court. 

 Why work for us? 


  • You'll have full on-the-job training as well as on-going mentoring opportunities, including being able to complete nationally recognised qualifications in regulatory compliance 
  • We'll help you develop your career in this role and beyond 
  • We'll give you a great work/life balance 
  • You'll work with a strong, supportive, and high-achieving team

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana -

Skills and experience required:


  • A strong interest in public service and community wellbeing 

  • Exceptional people skills with the ability to build relationships with a wide range of people and cultures 

  • A strong interest and/or study towards developing a career in employment relations 

  • The ability to ask the right questions to quickly obtain the information required from employers and employees 

  • The ability to work collaboratively with colleagues to problem-solve issues 

  • The ability to interpret and apply legislation to different workplace scenarios 

  • The ability to remain unbiased and consider all evidence before forming a conclusion 

  • The ability to effectively manage a varied caseload with competing deadlines 

  • Well-developed written and verbal communications skills 

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Excel, Word, Outlook) 

  • Previous experience in an analytical, regulatory, or compliance role (desirable) 

  • New Zealand Certificate in Regulatory Compliance – Level 3 (desirable) 

  • Hold a current full New Zealand driver’s license (required) 

  • Be a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident (required)

Ētahi kōrero mō MBIE -

About MBIE:

MBIE's goal is to create a resilient and high-performing economy that delivers real and ongoing quality of life for all New Zealanders.

We do this by working with others to create an environment that supports businesses to be more productive and internationally competitive, enables all New Zealanders to participate in the economy through improved job opportunities and by working to ensure quality housing is more affordable.

People are at the heart of our mahi, our way of working is guided by our values which shape our behaviours.

  • Mahi Tahi – Better Together
  • Māia – Bold and brave
  • Pae Kahurangi – Build our Future
  • Pono Me Te Tika – Own It


Our aspirations are echoed in our Māori identity – Hīkina Whakatutuki – which broadly means ‘lifting to make successful'.

MBIE recognises the partnership founded under Te Tiriti o Waitangi between Māori and the Crown and is committed to giving effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We will do this through enduring, meaningful and effective partnerships with iwi, Māori, other Māori groups/organisations and the Crown, as this is critical to enable economic and social development, both for Māori and for wider Aotearoa New Zealand. We are committed to continuing to partner with iwi in order to find new sustainable solutions to address long standing systemic and cross-cutting issues facing Māori and wider Aotearoa New Zealand and we are also committed to identifying opportunities for iwi to lead and creating an enabling environment for iwi to leverage these opportunities.

E mōhio ana a Hīkina Whakatutuki i puea ake te kōtuinga I waenganui i a ngāi Māori me te Karauna i Te Tiriti o Waitangi, ā, kei te whai ia ki te whakaū ake i Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Mā te whai kiko o ngā kōtuinga ahungaroa o ngāi wi, o ngāi Māori, me ētahi atu rōpū Māori ki te Karauna, katutuki tēnei. He āhuatanga nui tēnei e āhei ai ngā mahi whanaketanga ā-ohanga, ā-pāpori hoki ki a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui. E whai tonu ana mātou ki te kōtui atu ki ngā iwi mō te rapu huarahi hou ki te whakaara i ngā kaupapakua roa nei e tāmi ana i a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui, ā, e whai ana hoki ki te tautohu i ngā āheinga kōkiritanga mā ngā iwi, me te tautoko i ngā iwi kia whai mana ake ai ēnei āheinga.

Me pēhea te tono -

How to apply:

Click here to view a position description. All applications must be submitted via our online process. 


Email quoting ref MBIE/10012 if you have any further questions.


Applications close on 3 February 2023