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  *Source jobfix.co.nz   Locally the number of job advertisement continued to trend lower in March while the number of applications have more than double from this time last year. Job ads dropped 9% from February and have declined 61% over March last year. Nationally online job adverts in March were also below February by 4% and down 27% on March last year reinforcing the weakness in the current round of...
We regularly are asked this question by local advertisers especially when INZ is looking for proof of advertising? INZ conducts a job check as part of the process when employers are looking to hire a migrant worker. The purpose of the job check is to ensure that there are no suitable New Zealanders available to fill a job before hiring migrants and advertising in the Lakes Weekly Jobs or online at JobFix helps with this process. Once...
By Sue Fea Most local business operators have welcomed the option of 90-day trial periods being extended to all employers, no matter their size, as another tool to help attract and retain quality staff. The 90-day trial option provides employers with greater confidence when hiring new employees and must be agreed to by both parties in writing before the employee starts work as part of their employment agreement. A recent...
The Queenstown-Lakes’ labour market continued to have the fastest employment growth in the country over the last twelve months, increasing 11% in employment within the district, backed up by a surge in working aged people moving into the local area. Despite this, many businesses are still finding it tough going with some unable to continue. Taco Medic shutting up shop after ten years is one high profile recent example. Taco Medic...
The number of new jobseekers looking for roles in Queenstown across January jumped 17% compared with December. Overall jobseekers viewed 14,000 job pages on JobFix across the month, up 20% from December. Traditionally January is quieter than December but with more arrivals into the country and interest in tourism at an all-time high, the JobFix audience grew as did the number of roles each visitor viewed. Overseas visitor arrivals into...
The Queenstown job market has been all over the map in the last few years and while there are more candidates available than this time last year, it remains incredibly important to find and retain candidates that will perform to your expectations and add to your business and to your other team members. While every business makes the occasional hiring error there are still some key red flags you need to look out for in the recruitment...
Overview of key trends Nationally there has been a decline in job advertising, even though firms continue to hire more people. Queenstown’s reliance on a transient tourism workforce resulted in a greater drop in this region than the national market. Job advertising this year in Queenstown is down 42% as compared with a national figure which was down 24.5% over the year to September 2023. Job advertisements in November were...
The last Lakes Weekly for 2023 will be issued on 19 December with the first issue in 2024 published on Monday, 8 January. Job As deadline for that issue is Friday 5 January at Noon.   Over the holiday, JobFix [jobfix.co.nz] will be available for any recruitment requirements. If you are an employer who hasn’t placed an ad on JobFix directly, it’s simple to set yourself up as an employer and then place an online...
Business bounce expected By Paul Taylor Confidence is returning to Queenstown Lakes' business community following the General Election.   Queenstown Business Chamber of Commerce surveyed 135 of its members last month for its latest Q3 quarterly pulse-check, and there was a stark difference to Q2 2023. Some 22% (all percentages are net*) expected the economic outlook to be positive for their business over the...
Your online job ads may be the first time a potential candidate has been exposed to your business while they are likely scrolling through dozens of job postings looking for the right fit. It’s essential you job posting sparks their interest and earn a second glance. How you write your posts and when you upload them can make all the difference. Here is 6 recommendations to help write better job posting ads:  ...
Xero’s small business insights for the three months to September pointed to robust economic conditions continuing especially in the hospitality sector. The Otago results are heavily influenced by the hospitality sector, which dominates the regions economy. Despite the slowing domestic economy, business in the region has been outperforming the national market, as did jobs and wage growth in the three months to September....
Overview of key trends There has been a decline in online job advertising, even though firms continue to hire more people. While the number of jobs viewed in October was in line with September, the number of people starting a search session increased 5%. Overall the local Southern Lakes job advertising featured on JobFix was in-line with the national statistics where jobs advertised online was down 4.9%. Job...