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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...
The total number of roles advertised on JobFix rose 12% last month from September with almost 1,200 roles listed. The last two weeks of October this year showed a significant change from corresponding weeks last year as the hospitality sector seeks to find candidates in an environment of new venues and a very tight market.   The big driver in advertised roles remains the Construction sector with 213 roles being advertised as the...
The number of JobFix roles advertised in September rose 40% from August, with 847 roles being advertised. In annual terms, jobs were up 11% over the same month last year as the market transitions into spring as companies begin hiring for the summer period. The big drivers in the growth were Construction   with 126 roles (up 80% from August), Food and Beverage , with 268 roles (up 52%), and Accommodation with 201 roles...
Growth in the job market in Queenstown paused in August as job vacancy numbers declined slightly when compared to last year...  these were the key findings of last month’s JobFix Job Vacancy Survey. While the year on year (YoY) number was lower overall, there was solid and consistent growth when compared with July . Overall, the moving average over the last three months has resulted in a slight increase in roles of 3.7%,...
The job market in Queenstown remained buoyant throughout July , fuelled by tourism and the arrival of seasonal workers. While the ANZ Job Vacancy market reported a 4% reduction in the overall NZ employment market in June, the JobFix Vacancy numbers in Queenstown were up 29% on the comparative month; reflecting a shift into the Winter season backed by the arrival of high numbers of job seekers and continued growth in vacancies....