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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....
Queenstown getting a share of $4.5 million for wellbeing post-Covid Mental wellbeing support is being rolled out to five South Island communities, including Queenstown most affected by the absence of international tourists. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash is in the resort Thursday to announce details of how tourism operators and communities can access the $4.5 million support. It is part of the government’s $200 million Tourism...
JobFix ramps up promotion in Australia to assist employers With few candidates available for positions and many businesses requiring staff for the ski season JobFix has ramped up its social media marketing targeting Australian and NZ’ers who may be looking at a short-term snow-cation, and open to earning some income while here. Facebook campaigns have been launched targeting Queensland and Victoria in Australia, unfortunately...
Essential skills visas extended for some foreign workers At least 18,000 foreign workers will be allowed to stay in New Zealand twice as long after changes to essential skill visas. From Monday, people on those visas for jobs paid below the median wage will be able to stay two years instead of one and the application process will be streamlined. The maximum duration of essential skills visas for jobs that pay above the median wage...
Staffing woes drive June Job numbers higher Just how difficult it is for businesses looking for staff is clearly visible in the June job numbers. Job Openings in Queenstown are at another record in June according to data released by JobFix.com with 783 open positions being advertised during the month. 2018 was the previous highest June with 458 roles advertised but 2021 has eclipsed this by 70%. The roles advertised also grew 45% over...
Business Confidence in the Wakatipu is expected to deteriorate significantly in the next three months according to the results of a recent survey of 241 local businesses on business sentiment, economy and key indicators of business success.  83% of all Wakatipu businesses, rising to 93% of tourism & hospitality businesses, expect the region’s economic situation to deteriorate in the next three months, with almost a third of...
Capitalizing on the red hot Southern Lakes property markets Queenstown Media Group will be publishing two seasonal editions of Building Dreams 2021 – Autumn and Spring  Early Bird discounts now available. For more information and to reserve your space, contact us today: Kylee (027 044 2968 - Kylee@qmg.co.nz) Cat (027 777 2785 - Cat@qmg.co.nz )   Ten reasons to be in Building Dreams 2021...
The Queenstown Chamber of Commerce, with the support of Westpac NZ, are offering free, individual, memberships to businesspeople who have been made redundant due to Covid-19. The free, 12-month membership, called WeAreCommunity, is aimed at managers, team leaders and supervisors who are committed to remaining in Queenstown and who would like to stay connected to the business community. Members are able to take advantage of attending the...