Papua New Guinea

About Airswift PNG

Since acquiring the operations of a local organisation Pacifica HR in 2010, Airswift has grown significantly to become the premier workforce solutions provider in Papua New Guinea. From our office in Port Moresby, we have a deep understanding of the Papua New Guinea (PNG) market and are trusted to source, recruit and payroll talented citisen and non-citisen personnel.

Core Services

Our experience in Papua New Guinea is second to none. Our in-country services include, but are not limited to:

  • Talent Acquisition:  This includes the recruitment and deployment of PNG citisens and non-citisens, as well as graduate recruitment, and training and development programmes.

  • Global Mobility: From Relocation Services to Global Immigration, Airswift PNG supports processing of work permits and visas, mobilisation/relocation of staff and contract workers, payroll bureau, and HR advisory services.

  • Consulting: Airswift delivers innovative techniques to support our clients, including candidate talent mapping, graduate recruitment, strategic marketing, as well as training and development programmes.

Disciplines Provided: HSE Management, HR, Quality Management, Exploration and Production, Project Management, Cost and Planning, Multi-Disciplined Engineering, Construction and Commissioning, Operations and Maintenance, Skilled Tradesmen, Facilities, Process Design and Optimisation

Key Achievements

  • Awarded the Good Corporate Citizen accolade by the Department of Labour & Industrial Relations in recognition of our commitment to employing and training Papua New Guineans and our compliance with local labour laws [Click here to learn more]
  • Established the Langley Program to support Papua New Guinean HR graduates with work experience, classroom training and mentoring [Click here to learn more]
  • Participates in a range of charity and community engagement activities [Click here to learn more]
  • Processes more than 1,000 work permits and visa applications per year for more than 20 client organisations
  • Placed over 2,000 personnel with over 40 clients since 2010 with more than half of all placements being Papua New Guinean citisens

"Airswift has a team of specialist recruiters which have been pivotal in providing high quality talent throughout our operations in Papua New Guinea. The team at Airswift have shown themselves to be an ethical, reliable and responsible partner continuously adding value in every situation."

Head of Human Resources (PNG) - Oil Search

Meet the Team

Good Corporate Citizen Award

On 6 December 2013, Airswift was awarded the Good Corporate Citizen (GCC) Award in Papua New Guinea for our commitment to employing and training Papua New Guineans as well as compliance with labour and immigration laws. This initiative was taken up by the Department of Labour and Industrial Relations as part of showing appreciation to organizations for their service to the people of PNG.

Airswift was the only workforce solutions company who is recognised as a Good Corporate Citizen. Good Corporate Citizens are business which are recognised for their contribution to training PNG workers and for complying with PNG labour and other laws.

Through our business practice of a Good Corporate Citizen, our clients can benefit through:

  • Ability to obtain Long Term Work Permits which is valid up to five (5) years,
  • Priority processing of applications and renewals.

This recognition was obtained through our commitment to working with and supporting PNG community and our compliant services we provide.

Langley Program

Inspired by Ian Langley, chairman of Airswift Group, whose decision it was to acquire Pacifica HR in PNG in 2010; the Langley Graduate Program was initiated by the Vice President of Australasia, Matthew Smith, in partnership with PNGHRI President, Jerry Wemin. Since 2012, the Langley Program has invested over K400,000 in the career development of 86 UPNG graduates holding a Bachelor in Business, majoring in Human Resources, through intense pre-employment training.

The program comprises of three Human Resource Certificate courses through PNGHRI, a 12-week secondment, a variety of professional development workshops, seminars, practical assignments, volunteer and networking opportunities and mentoring secondary students. The program also gives our clients and local companies the potential to find excellent long-term employees, at no cost to them, during the graduates’ secondment period. The main objective is for all the graduates to find permanent employment before the program’s completion and to date has a 90% success rate.

Community Involvement

Airswift is dedicated to supporting the local communities in Papua New Guinea. We are passionate about signifying our commitment to the local community through our involvement and sponsorship of various community engagements and charities.  The following is a snapshot of the events we regularly support.

  • Airswift Global Relay For Life
  • PNG Cancer Foundation
  • Airswift Career Fair in Partnership with the PNG Australia Alumni Association
  • Zonta Birthing Kit Project (Zonta Club)
  • Cheshire Homes BBQ fundraiser
  • Dance for Freedom – Violence against Women Initiative.
  • Susu Mama Project
  • Transparency International Walk Against Corruption
  • IEPNG AGM and AGM Dinner
  • UPNG Netball Team
  • Verenagi and Milne Canoe Sail Sponsorship
  • World AIDS Day Sponsorship
  • Operation Open Heart Donations
  • Hiri Moale Cultural Festival
  • PWC Corporate Challenge
  • Konedobu Outrigging canoe club