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The staffing crunch is unlikely to get any better until later in the year when travel into New Zealand loosens up and some overseas workers can return. When the borders gradually re-open and Queenstown welcomes travellers back, the visitor and accommodation-related sectors will ramp up their recruitment, putting additional pressure on already chronic local staffing situation. With such a shortage of workers, we are seeing employers working...
By David Gibbs While Queenstown hasn’t been hit by the impact of the so called 'great resignation', we have been part of the trend that is seeing a number of workers leaving their jobs, having re-evaluated their priorities or simply because there are more opportunities elsewhere. We’ve also seen, I suspect, a relocation-drain as people leave the area for other larger markets or even to return to their home country in some...
Have your say. Two years in, we want to know how you are feeling about your business and its future. This information is critical in communicating with Government what is happening on the ground in our district. Queenstown Chamber of Commerce along with QLDC, Ignite Wanaka, The Lakes Weekly and jobfix.co.nz are encouraging local businesses to participate in the first quarterly Business Confidence Survey for 2022. The aim is to provide...
The current job market is perhaps the worst the town has experienced in recent memory. Increasingly business hiring is becoming desperate as the pool of candidates remains very tight. However, there is truth in the statement that making a bad hire in the short term, will cost you significantly more in the long run through disruption, decreased productivity, employee counselling and finally having to replace the bad hire. Despite the...
Jobfix.co.nz is Queenstown’s local premier jobs board. With the support of The Lakes Weekly team, it's again posting in excess of 800 jobs in November and over 100 employers advertising available roles. Jobfix.co.nz competes with the national big boys predominantly Seek and Trade Me for the number of jobs available in town. So how does it stack up. During November, there we 400 local jobs posted, with 85 applications sent through the...
Who would want to run a business right now? Contending with often confusing traffic light rules, unprecedented economic conditions brought on by lockdowns and closed travel and visitor markets. On top of this local companies continue to deal with a crippling labour and skills shortage. The difficulties in hiring have seen the number of jobs advertised in November skyrocket. The JobFix.co.nz numbers, just released for...
The Queenstown Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Ignite Wanaka, and supported by QLDC, DQ and JobFix is encouraging local businesses to participate in the third of the quarterly Business Confidence Surveys. The aim is to provide greater insight into the health of the local economy and provide a gauge of business confidence across the district which enables the Chambers of Commerce, Destination Queenstown, Lake Wanaka Tourism and QLDC...
The Real Journeys Queenstown Business Awards are about shinning a light on every corner of our region’s business community. Whether you’ve been in business for 2 years or 20 years, this is your time to reflect on your business and be recognised for where you’ve been, where you are and where you’re planning to go. Entries are open until to 23 September 2021, with an awards evening on 6 November at Walter...
A milestone has been reached with the publication of our twelfth edition of Queenstown Business. From what was a germ of an idea last August we are now regularly producing 8 pages for local business to tell their stories. This month includes early feedback from the regenerative tourism community meetings, Cardrona’s road to sustainability and the positive partnership impact that SkyCity brings to Winter Pride.  To read...
It's just 3 weeks until Winter Pride kicks off in Queenstown and Wanaka.  One way you can show your businesses support is to fly the flag. Westpac now have hundreds of the new Pride Progress Flags available in their Queenstown, Frankton, and Wanaka branches. Make sure you fly these proud or place them somewhere visible! Please also take a photo and tag @winterpridenz and @pridepledge #youbeingyou #winterpridenz #pridepledge and...
The pausing of the Trans-Tasman bubble has created a conundrum for tourism dependant businesses. Do I add staff, or are we overstaffed? While the travel bubble is now on hold, it’s likely to be that way for some time based on the spread of the Delta variant in NSW and now into Queensland and Victoria. How that’s going to impact accommodation bookings into summer and tourism activities is still unknown. The unknown factor...
Leave entitlements change as of July Parliament has passed legislation to increase the minimum employee sick leave entitlement from 5 days to 10 days per year. Most employees who have worked for an employer for six months or over are entitled to sick leave if they, or a dependent, are sick or injured. Currently, employees are entitled to 5 days of sick leave per year; however, from 24 July 2021 this will increase to 10 days per year....