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It was another quiet month during May on the job front for Queenstown as JobFix Job Vacancy numbers continue to highlight the reduction in job vacancies compared with last year and the decline month on month. Generally, at this time of the year, many employers wait for the green light that the ski season is definitively underway before pressing the button on employing staff so the very mild weather conditions over the past couple of...
The release of the JobFix Job Vacancy numbers confirms what many businesses in Queenstown already know, the market has slowed significantly. The upside for employers is that a significant number of quality candidates are applying for most roles, which is a big turnaround from 4 months ago when finding any candidate was a good outcome. Since the start of the year, the total number of jobs advertised in the local region has declined...
JobFix is 18 months young and in that short time has become one of the top job boards for people seeking Jobs in Queenstown. With the support of The Lakes Weekly team, we frequently see 100's of new jobs posted each month, and during busy periods, we see that many in a week! But it hasn't been easy. JobFix has to compete with the national big boys, predominantly Seek and Trade Me, a ' David and Goliath ' story in the fight for...
With the release of the JobFix Job Vacancy numbers for Queenstown, we see that the number of open positions in the region has continued to decline, from last month and the same time last year. While this quarter is a traditionally a slower period, the number of jobs advertised this year is slowing at a faster rate than the same time last year. This is good news for employers as the time taken to find staff declines, which ultimately...
Every day, millions of people use Airbnb worldwide. The online home rental platform is hugely popular in Queenstown and this has had a significant impact on the accommodation market and its popularity has sometimes put it at odds with locals, businesses and the council. In the decade since it was launched, Airbnb has amassed millions of rooms worldwide. On a recent search, there were more than 350 offerings on Airbnb available in...
The number of open roles advertised in February declined 8% year-on-year and dropped 4.5% from January. This is the second month in a row where the number of positions advertised was behind the prior year and the first time in over twelve months when declines for two consecutive months have been recorded. While the total number of open roles declined in January by 4.5%, this was better than the previous year where the seasonal decline...
At the end of 2018, local businesses were desperately trying and too often failing to find staff to fill the serious shortage of candidates available in Queenstown.  The New Year has arrived and a sense of calm seems to have prevailed with Job Vacancy numbers in January actually declining. Anecdotally, businesses learnt to cope with fewer employees in the holiday season and realised that a smaller pool of candidates coming into the...
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...
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...
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...