Updated 31 March, 2020

Drake is monitoring the global COVID-19 situation and are working through what that means for you, and our business in this ever-changing landscape. The health and safety of our employees, as well as our Field Staff Employees, our clients and candidates is of the utmost importance to us, so we need to ensure that precautionary measures are taken.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call your nearest Drake branch on 0800 840 940.


What protective measures can you take to prevent possible contraction of COVID-19?

The guidelines provided on the World Health Organisation can be found here on the WHO website


Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least a 2 meter distance between yourself and anyone outside of your 'bubble'. Why? When someone speaks, coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person close to you has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you are feeling unwell, or have a fever, cough and have difficulty breathing, seek medical advice IMMEDIATELY
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453 and follow their directions.
Why? Healthline have the most up to date information on the situation and can provide you with advice, and directions on what to do if required. 

Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, the Ministry of Health and your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.


As of Wednesday 25 March, all of our Drake New Zealand offices are closed. The team are working remotely from home, and still available by phone or email. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to call our Drake branches directly, or on 0800 840 940 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Please see our recent FSE/Candidate newsletters with COVID-19 updates below:


24 March: Level 4 CANDIDATE Updates: Please read info here


17 March: Drake NZ CANDIDATE: Please read info here 


17 March: Drake MEDOX CANDIDATE: Please read info here 



If you have any questions, please feel free to call your nearest Drake branch directly



Virus Exposure

What if I think I have Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Do not report to work if you are on an assignment or a project. Call your Drake Consultant and Healthline immediately. Follow the directions given to you by Healthline. Your Consultant will communicate with the client directly. For more information and resources, visit Healthline or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

What if I may have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19?

If you are working for an essential service and are not currently under isolation, please self-isolate immediately. Contact your local Drake office on 0800 840 940 and tell your Consultant that you believe you've been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Please also contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453 immediately and follow their directions. Advise your Drake Consultant on the directions requested by Healthline.

Drake will inform the client, as well as every other casual worker on-site. The casual should not attend the client site until their self-isolation period is over and they have been approved for work by their Doctor.

Client Closures

What if the client's worksite where I work closes?

All New Zealand work sites, with the exception of essential services, are currently closed until NZ is no longer in Level 4.

If your client worksite is still open, but they request you not to work, contact your local Drake office right away and let them know the client has decided to close their workplace or has asked people not to work.

Your Drake Consultant will work with the client to determine next steps. With New Zealand being in Level 4, your assignment or project may end. We will work with you to try and find another assignment or project, based on our clients’ requirements and your availability. It is important to stay in contact with your local Drake office and inform them of your availability.

Do any of your clients have work from home options?

Available jobs or placements will vary according to branch. Please speak with your local Drake office.

Pay and Benefits Access

Will I get paid if I am at home sick?

If you are working and fall sick, then if you have sick leave accrued you can use this to continue to be paid.

Wage subsidies are available for employees who are impacted by COVID-19. The employer must apply to the Government for this, and strict employee and employer criteria apply.

The wage subsidy is $585.80 per week for a full time employee (20 hrs or more) or $350.00 per week for a part time employee (less than 20 hrs).

Please speak to your Drake Consultant for more information.

If you do not qualify for the wage subsidy, you can apply for income relief through WINZ.

Visit Govt.nz for more details

Who is eligible for the wage subsidy?

The subsidy is only available if an employer has been approved, and where the Field Staff Employee had work scheduled that is no longer in place due to NZ being in Level 4.