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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...
Queenstown’s job market saw an increase in the number of jobs advertised in July for the first month on month increase in 2023. The number of situations vacant roles have a long way to go to return to the long-term monthly average which is currently at -32% compared with 2022. The construction sector remains the positive with a 7% increase across the year and posted the same number this month. All sectors, except admin and finance...
JobFix enjoyed 22,844 page views from 3,031 users across July, the number of jobs viewed was up 5% over June. Each week JobFix averages 105 job seekers coming to the site looking for jobs in Queenstown. The average pages per session came in at 7.85 Kiwi’s continued to make up the bulk of the audience this month with 73% of the months users. Usage from the Christchurch and Auckland markets were the biggest making up 44% of the...
JobFix enjoyed 22,782 page views from 3,169 users across May, down 22% over May. Each week JobFix averages 105 job seekers coming to the site looking for jobs in Queenstown. The average pages per session came in at 3.85. Kiwi’s made up the large bulk this month with 72% of the months users. Usage from the Christchurch and Auckland markets were the biggest making up 44% of the national audience. The percentage of...