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The Queenstown Lakes District continues to experience sustained growth causing issues around labour force, skills and accommodation shortages. Since 2016, the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce annually surveys members to understand more about labour and accommodation issues. The results from these surveys are benchmarked and the information gained help shape appropriate workplace strategies for the region. 230 members completed the...
The total number of roles advertised in November grew to 1,034 up 8% from October 2018 and a massive 31% from November 2017 reflecting the feedback from employers on just how difficult it has become to find staff. The seasonal trend line, while up overall for 2018, was closely following 2017 until mid-October when the two lines separated. In 2018 the number of roles advertisers has continued to grow through November which is a very...
In an increasingly competitive talent market, it’s never been more important to find and retain the right candidate . But how can you be sure you’ve found a quality candidate and what are the red flags you need to look out for? Attracting, interviewing and hiring new employees is a time-intensive, painful and costly exercise, so it’s important to know the warning signs of candidates who aren’t going to be a good...
The formation of the Labour/NZ First coalition was a cause for concern for many employers who feared the new government would be ‘closing the doors’ to overseas workers. Whilst no major policy changes have been introduced, we have seen subtle tweaks to the system which have made it more challenging for employers who rely on migrant labour – both in terms of the direct cost of employing migrant workers and the ease (or...
Until October, the weekly trend in Job Posts has followed a similar seasonal trend line, fluctuating some weeks but generally staying on the same track. That changed mid-October when 2018 jobs growth continued at a time when previous years would suggest a tapering of activity.   What's going on? Recently, the Chamber of Commerce conducted a member survey on issues facing business in the region . Unsurprisingly, finding and...
Jobseekers, you’re in luck. It’s the best of times to find a job in Queenstown! The latest count for the JobFix Situations Vacant index shows there was a record number of roles advertised in November 2018 . The total number of roles advertised grew to 1,034, which was up 8% from October 2018 and a massive 31% increase from November 2017 . While the hospitality industry was by far the largest contributor to the...
You asked - we listened! In direct response to growing demand from local employers, JobFix is pleased to announce important changes to our employer product options, effective from Tuesday 13th November 2018 . Key changes to the product offering and pricing are detailed below: JobFix employer product options are now digital-only The total number of product options have been reduced   JobFix postings will no...
The total number of roles advertised on JobFix rose 12% last month from September with almost 1,200 roles listed. The last two weeks of October this year showed a significant change from corresponding weeks last year as the hospitality sector seeks to find candidates in an environment of new venues and a very tight market.   The big driver in advertised roles remains the Construction sector with 213 roles being advertised as the...
The Queenstown market is a particularly tough place for employers to find staff . Just the nature of and the number of opportunities available makes the environment very competitive. The difficulty for a candidate is separating the roles as many ads generally read that same. Below are five steps that might assist in getting your job advertisement to stand out from the pack. 1. Focus on Future Expectations Have your role...
The number of JobFix roles advertised in September rose 40% from August, with 847 roles being advertised. In annual terms, jobs were up 11% over the same month last year as the market transitions into spring as companies begin hiring for the summer period. The big drivers in the growth were Construction   with 126 roles (up 80% from August), Food and Beverage , with 268 roles (up 52%), and Accommodation with 201 roles...
Recently at The Lakes Weekly Bulletin, we took on a new employee, which is a big job!, and I breathed a sigh of relief after receiving a signature from our new hire on the returned employment agreement. Satisfying, right? Now, I realised we needed to put as much effort into their first couple of weeks to really cement the way that they perform, especially initially. I expect great performance from them, but it is not guaranteed. Here is my...
Kiwi job seekers, particularly those who have been around a while, often find it tougher to get an interview. Here’s why - and what you can do about it... The overseas market is expanding. There are nearly 7,000 Brits planning on working here, followed by guests from France, Germany and Australia. Locals are realising that simply pushing the  'APPLY NOW' button on a job isn't going to guarantee an interview, let alone get...
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