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It's just 3 weeks until Winter Pride kicks off in Queenstown and Wanaka.  One way you can show your businesses support is to fly the flag. Westpac now have hundreds of the new Pride Progress Flags available in their Queenstown, Frankton, and Wanaka branches. Make sure you fly these proud or place them somewhere visible! Please also take a photo and tag @winterpridenz and @pridepledge #youbeingyou #winterpridenz #pridepledge and...
The pausing of the Trans-Tasman bubble has created a conundrum for tourism dependant businesses. Do I add staff, or are we overstaffed? While the travel bubble is now on hold, it’s likely to be that way for some time based on the spread of the Delta variant in NSW and now into Queensland and Victoria. How that’s going to impact accommodation bookings into summer and tourism activities is still unknown. The unknown factor...
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...
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...
Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) is hosting a free Migrant Connect session for anyone interested in knowing more about working in the Queenstown Lakes district. Migrant Connect runs from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm on Thursday 26 November in the Supper Room at the Queenstown Memorial Centre. Those attending will learn more about employment rights and responsibilities, employer responsibilities, how to deal with problems in the workplace and a...
Need staff or need a job? Get along to the Central Lakes Jobs Fair, Thurs 26th November, at the Memorial Centre. Many local businesses are reporting staff shortages leading into the busy summer season. To help match job-seekers to employers directly, Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) will be hosting a Jobs Fair in Queenstown. This will be similar to the recent ‘Jobbortunities’ event, but with a larger...
The number of open positions in October grew 15% from September according to the latest JobFix survey numbers. While still behind last year by just shy of 60%, the jobs market has rebounded significantly over the last couple of months. The inability of local businesses to find staff and especially NZ staff is in stark contrast to predictions made about a significant rise in unemployment across the region. Source JobFix The...