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Those of you who have started recruiting new staff for the winter season have likely seen an influx of fresh faces to Queenstown . Some of these brand-new staff members may not have been to Queenstown – or New Zealand – before; so as well as adjusting to working in your business and learning the ropes when it comes to working in your organization, they’ll also need to adjust to life in Queenstown. Although it’s not strictly an employer’s job to introduce new staff to the town or to ensure their staff are in adequate housing, helping new-to-town staff members understand the ‘lay of the land’ can avoid headaches later down the line. Here are our top tips for new staff arrivals 1. Encourage staff to search for housing early , using resources like the Lakes Weekly Bulletin , Trade Me , or Facebook pages like ‘ For Rent in Queenstown ’. Flatting with other staff members can work out well too, enabling ride shares to work (which is great when parking is limited!). 2. As traffic is an increasing issue in Queenstown, it may help to encourage new staff to use public or other methods of transport. You might find that many former ‘city-dwellers’ are used to using public transport – let them know about Orbus, or provide space for bike parking at work if you can in order to encourage greener methods of transport where they’re less likely to be stuck in traffic (...and late to work!). 3. Encourage responsible drinking and ensure that new staff understand that drinking rules are stricter here than countries like the UK. Though most people are responsible, the mix of new friends, a new environment and a lack of understanding of the rules has caught out individuals in the past. Above all - nurture a friendly, helpful and fun working environment for your staff that will encourage loyalty and commitment, instead of frustration and disappointment, this will help you to create happier workplaces and retain staff when you find and attract the right people to your business.   David Gibbs Queenstown Media Group - Lakes Weekly & JobFix
It was another quiet month during May on the job front for Queenstown as JobFix Job Vacancy numbers continue to highlight the reduction in job vacancies compared with last year and the decline month on month. Generally, at this time of the year, many employers wait for the green light that the ski season is definitively underway before pressing the button on employing staff so the very mild weather conditions over the past couple of months may have generated some uncertainty. Town has also been particularly quiet, especially given the high base Amway helped gave the shoulder season last year and this has seen some employers make do with the staff they have rather than looking for new recruits. In May, the number of open positions dropped 3% year on year and 15% on April. The main drop on last year is within the Retail and Services sector where vacancies have dropped 36%, but this has been tempered with a slight increase on last year in Construction and the F&B Accommodation sectors. Summary: May has set a new record as the quietest month in the job sector in years The uncertain start to the ski season has seen some employers back off recruiting early A quieter shoulder season has also contributed to this 'wait and see' approach  David Gibbs Queenstown Media Group - Lakes Weekly & JobFix
Got a new business idea? There's a clubhouse in Queenstown for entrepreneurs! This week a new collaboration space has opened in the Queenstown CBD. Startup Queenstown Lakes, a local trust, is working to build a thriving innovation and startup community and has launched Prospector Collaboration Space on Earl Street. The pop-up coworking space for startups, entrepreneurs, and innovators opened above the former Shootout virtual game centre, across from the Novotel. The Prospector will serve as a gathering spot for aspiring entrepreneurs as well as those who are working on something new. " We're open to anyone who is in the startup community ," said James Burnes, CEO of Startup Queenstown Lakes. " If you're working on a big idea that has potential, this is a great place to get feedback, find encouragement, and move forward ." Visitors are welcome to stop by. Hours are currently 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and will evolve as the community requires noted Burnes. Memberships run monthly. The space is expected to be live for 90 days, after which it is hoped a long-term environment for the startup community can launch. You can learn more and apply for membership at www.prospector.nz.
When you have gone to the trouble of finding a potential worker from overseas, the last thing you need is to trip-up on the visa process. There are a number of common mistakes that employers make that can slow down the process (or stop it altogether). 1. Employment agreement doesn’t have all the right details Your migrant worker will need a signed offer of employment and a copy of the proposed employment agreement to apply for some of the most common visas. Here’s what employers most often miss: The correct legal name of the business Name and address of the worker Hours of work The rate of pay (hourly or annual salary) Whether the role is fixed term or permanent. If fixed term, you need to provide a genuine business reason why > The Employment Agreement Builder Tool contains all the clauses needed 2. Role does not guarantee a minimum of 30 hours a week To qualify for a work visa such as the Essential Skills, your migrant worker will need to be working at least 30 hours a week, and your employment agreement needs to specify this. If the hours of work fluctuate – because of factors like weather, for example – the employee will still need to be paid for at least 30 hours a week. > More about making a job offer to a migrant 3. Incomplete job descriptions Just like employment agreements, missing information from job descriptions can needlessly slow down the visa process. Information commonly missed by employers include: Job title Location of employment Tasks and responsibilities Skills, qualifications and experience required 4. Lack of evidence of attempts to hire a New Zealander If the person you are wanting to hire is applying for an Essential Skills work visa and doesn't meet the criteria of one of our Skill Shortage Lists, you will need to show that you tried - and failed - to find a New Zealander to fill the role. You’ll also need to prove that you advertised widely to attract and recruit New Zealanders, for a suitable length of time and in good faith. > How to support a candidate applying for an Essential Skills work visa 5. ANZSCO code is missing or inaccurate ANZSCO stands for Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations. If your migrant is applying for an Essential Skills work visa, you need to find the ANZSCO code that best describes the occupation. To find the ANZSCO code, type the occupation into our Skill Shortage list checker to get the code. You’ll then need to check that the tasks and level of responsibility of the role listed in the job description are a 'substantial match' to the tasks listed on the ANZSCO website . 6. A Skills Match report was required and not provided As a well as an ANZSCO code, each occupation also has an ANZSCO skill level between 1 and 5. If the role is skill level 4 or 5 and an Essential Skills work visa is being applied for, you'll need to have advertised the vacancy with Work and Income. If they are unable to find suitable candidates, you can ask them for a Skills Match report to show that there are no suitable New Zealanders available to do the job. > More on Skills Match reports Source: NZ Immigration - If you're thinking about recruiting overseas there's a lot to consider. For more information and resources to help you find, hire and retain migrant staff, visit  https://www.immigration.govt.nz/employ-migrants
The release of the JobFix Job Vacancy numbers confirms what many businesses in Queenstown already know, the market has slowed significantly. The upside for employers is that a significant number of quality candidates are applying for most roles, which is a big turnaround from 4 months ago when finding any candidate was a good outcome. Since the start of the year, the total number of jobs advertised in the local region has declined in the same month the prior year, April continues the trend. April is also traditionally one of the slowest months of the year for job advertising. 2019 reflects that fact. In April the number of open positions dropped 7% year on year and 15% on March, with the number of roles in the visitor sectors; Accommodation and Food & Beverage declining 10% over last year. Within this the Hotel sector dropping 30% from the same time last year. Seasonally during the quieter period for visitor arrivals, the share of roles vacant in the direct tourism businesses declines overall. This year at 54% of all roles it’s in line with the prior year. The only sector with more roles this year than last is the Finance sector but this is based on very small numbers of roles advertised.   Summary April against all benchmarks was the quietest month in the job sector in years Businesses reliant on tourism saw the biggest drop in roles available and as much as 30% in some areas Businesses are getting some high-quality candidates to choose from   David Gibbs Commercial Operations Manager - Lakes Weekly & JobFix
JobFix is 18 months young and in that short time has become one of the top job boards for people seeking Jobs in Queenstown. With the support of The Lakes Weekly team, we frequently see 100's of new jobs posted each month, and during busy periods, we see that many in a week! But it hasn't been easy. JobFix has to compete with the national big boys, predominantly Seek and Trade Me, a ' David and Goliath ' story in the fight for the local job seeker market. So how do we stack up? According to Google Analytics, in March 2019: there were  299 local jobs posted 905 Online Applications   sent through the site 26 new employers added profiles From a traffic perspective, the website is growing month on month: We saw in excess of 4,000 people visit the website 76% of these were new users Those 4,000 users visited the site 2.2 times and viewed 56,500 different pages. The website is predominantly viewing from within New Zealand (77%) and where the site was accessed is broadly representative and not just coming from the Otago region.   Keeping in mind none of this data includes the jobs advertised within the publication and is also one of the quieter periods, we're very happy to see these numbers, which we have seen increasing over time. Generating An Audience I’m often asked given how many new users are coming to the site how are we promote JobFix? Certainly, the strength of the Lakes Weekly brand really helps, especially as the Situations Vacant section in the publication is also branded JobFix and we utilise this publication to market to employers and candidates. Everyone I speak with who is new to Queenstown finds out that The Lakes Weekly is the go-to publication, within 24 hours of arriving for jobs, accommodation and local orientation. Additionally, JobFix runs advertising via Google to promote the website against a range of the most relevant seasonal keywords and category searches, as a result, JobFix has also made it's way to the first page of search results when searching for 'Queenstown jobs', which has helped us increase traffic to the website. Our blog to employers reaches in excess of 4,000 email addresses monthly along with content on the website that we hope is helpful to both candidates and employers. All this is designed to keep JobFix front and centre in the local job seeker market.  
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