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Salary is always going to be incredibly important and the single biggest determinant of where someone will work but alongside that, increasingly employees want to know about your values and how you respect staff. Part of the consideration is also what perks a business can offer and these can sway a candidate your way.   These are some of the top ones for Queenstown.   FLEXIBLE WORKING HOURS With many of your team likely to be in Queenstown for the lifestyle, the ability to offer flexible hours to fit in with their lifestyle, skiing in winter or hiking in the morning during summer are two that spring to mind and can make a huge difference to how your business is perceived by your workforce. It's also the number one consideration of perks. FREE PARKING We all know how painful parking is in Queenstown. If you are in a position to offer free transportation or better, free parking then you are onto a major perk that employees prize. Not everyone can get the bus and finding parking or running out to ‘move the car’ cuts productivity and frustrates most of us. Helping out with this, if possible can be a game changer. TIME IN LIEU Getting time back for additional hours worked is the second most in-demand benefit that your business can offer. Employees appreciate they may be called onto help out in key periods but a knowledge that you respect their time and will give back the hours goes a long way.   If you’re looking to set yourself apart from other businesses and attract and retain the best talent, employee benefits may help you stand out in your industry.
Tourism is booming. Every year, New Zealand’s international visitor numbers keep increasing , creating more demand for the industry. It’s forecasted that by 2025 there will 36,000 new tourism jobs across the country – and Queenstown represents a huge portion of this figure! Go with Tourism is a custom-built, innovative solution to address this challenge head on. The online platform, dubbed “Tinder for tourism” by media outlet Newsroom, offers a game-changing new approach to job search and recruitment – and is changing perceptions for the better. Since its launch in Auckland in April 2019, Go with Tourism has found great success and in August was awarded $5.2 million from the Government’s new International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy to go nationwide. In October, the Queenstown Lakes district was the second destination to adopt the initiative.   How it benefits the jobseeker Creating an online profile is free and takes less than five minutes to fill out. It does not require previous job experience or a CV to be uploaded – it is designed to highlight the candidate’s personality, current skillset and their potential as an employee. Candidates are also able to update their online profile as they progress through their education or career. Profiles on Go with Tourism are then ‘matched’ with registered employers when they have positions available that will suit the candidate. Traditional recruitment methods have been thrown out the window to allow personality to shine through as the most important trait, giving those who are new to the workforce – or returning – a better chance at finding employment.   How it benefits the recruiter Unlike job boards where you just post jobs, and job seekers view jobs, Go with Tourism makes it simple for employers to register once and be matched with suitable candidates. The employer can contact those that they wish to interview. It is also designed with filters that give you the power to find the perfect candidate. Search by type of work, qualification, work experience, drivers licence, eligibility and so much more. With Go with Tourism , there’s no need to post adverts on job boards and pay lots of money. Say goodbye to those CVs filling up your inbox too. You can choose who you see, and who you want to contact. Recruit as you need by searching for what you want, when you want!   By registering with Go with Tourism, you will join more than 70 businesses in the Queenstown Lakes district who are already attracting amazing new talent. Contact kiaora@gowithtourism.co.nz for more information or visit gowithtourism.co.nz
JobFix is locally owned and operated by the team at Queenstown Media Group. JobFix is Queenstown's leading recruitment jobs board , meeting the needs of Jobseekers and Employers in all lines of business. While its focused on the Queenstown Lakes District it reaches nationally offering the largest number of open positions in the region. Pricing There are three tiers of job placement offers  The Basic package is $35.00 plus GST for one role over 7 days. The Standard package is the most popular at $99.00 plus GST for two roles covering 14 days each. Both roles do not have to be placed at the same time. The Executive package has all the premium added benefits including feature jobs, extensive access to resume searches along with 3 job postings.
While the market remains extremely tight the peak period for the year seems to have been reached in October and is now slowly easing off. Summary The number of roles advertised in November decreased 120 from October according to the November JobFix advertisement index report. The overall number of open roles were down 13% on last year. The moving quarterly average also declined by 1% The Tourism services sector including F&B and accommodation showed the biggest declines.    All of this is good news for employers especially if the trend holds up. The jobs market remains extremely tight, however the peak period for the year seems to have been reached in October and is now slowly easing off. December and January are expected to remain strong months before demand dips significantly heading into the shoulder season, but employment conditions are returning to a more ‘normal’ level, if there is such a thing in Queenstown. Early next year the market should become a more employer friendly employment market as the summer and Chinese New Year markets subside mid quarter one. In November the number of roles being advertised eased back by 13% from last November and dropped a similar percentage from October ‘19.  All the major sectors eased, most notably the food and beverage job postings decreased significantly across the quarter [-14%].
The Queenstown Trails Trust has launched their Corporate Gift Memberships in time for Christmas and they want you to spread the feel good vibes this festive season. More and more businesses want to practice their corporate social responsibility, so the Queenstown Trails Trust has come up with a meaningful gift that can benefit not only your team, but the wider community. A $5,000 donation will entitle your organisation with a Corporate Gift Membership and each of your employees will receive a gift pack including: + ID Tag for their bike or keychain + Supporter bike sticker + Strava Team Access, where you team members can log km’s cycled, access the company leaderboard, win spot prizes and go on organised team rides, led by QTT CEO Mark Williams + Bonus feel good vibes knowing your organisation is supporting the Queenstown Trails Trust and helping to build more trails in our community You may ask, why should I donate instead of giving a throwaway gift to my employees? Well not only will you and your employees feel proud to be part of a movement making cycling easier and safer in Queenstown, you will also be putting into practice your corporate social responsibility by giving a meaningful gift that benefits your team and the wider community. Further, by encouraging  your team members to regularly cycle you are playing your part in creating a happier, healthier and more productive work force. Christmas is a time for giving thanks. If you want to do some good this Christmas, consider giving the gift of a Queenstown Trails Trust Corporate membership to your employees and together we can make Queenstown a better place to live, walk and ride! Head on over to the Queenstown Trails Trust website for more info or to sign up your organisation – www.queenstowntrail.org.nz
JobFix is over 2 years young and has become Queenstown’s local premier online local jobs board. With the support of Queenstown Media Group team and the flagship publication, Lakes Weekly, JobFix is posting in excess of 100 jobs a week and in busy times double that. JobFix has to compete with the national big boys predominantly Seek and Trade Me. Increasingly local businesses spend a lot of time on JobFix in an increasingly tight jobs market.   Over the last 4 weeks, JobFix welcomed 46 new employers on board. 392 job ads were posted with 715 applications made. According to Google Analytics 5,500 people visited JobFix across the month making 2.5 session each with 76% of these new users. Each user visited the site an average of 2.36 times and viewed 6 jobs on each visit making 72,500 different pages. Overall the growth in usage in the last six months has climbed 26% as JobFix cements itself as the go to jobs board in Queenstown. While JobFix is Queenstown’s preferred jobs board its being visited by kiwis from all over the country. Those using the site are predominantly viewing it from New Zealand (88%). The rates for posting a job on jobfix.com start at $35 plus GST and as we head into summer JobFix is only going to increase in popularity.
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