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  • 2 May 2013, 9:26

Workers fly to New Zealand to cover nights

Auckland /Rex

Call centre staff from Wrexham are being given the chance to live in New Zealand to cover night shifts back home.

Before opening the office in Auckland, Moneypenny bosses asked staff if they wanted to work nights or relocate temporarily.

With New Zealand 12 hours ahead, they can work during the day down under to provide overnight cover back home.

A trial group of four staff are due to return after flying out last November, reports the BBC.

They have been living in a rented house and working four days on and four days off so they can take in the sights.

Jess Edwards, 24, from Holt, near Wrexham, said: "It is an absolutely fantastic opportunity, I am getting to see places I probably never would have the chance to see otherwise."

Rachel Clacher, who set up the company with brother Ed Reeves, had the idea to base staff overseas while on a sabbatical in Australia.

She said: "We had looked at hiring staff to work overnight but we weren't confident service levels could be maintained so would have never taken that risk.

"By working on the other side of the world we're now able to offer a truly 24 hour first-rate service, with bright, chirpy and wide-awake people."