Wellington, July 8 NZPA - Almost half of employed New Zealanders are concerned about their job security, a new survey found.
In the survey of 254 people, conducted by Hays employment consultancies, 48.03 percent said the current economic outlook had them concerned about the security of their job, 32.28 percent said they felt "no change as yet" and 19.69 percent said they felt "no difference".
Hays New Zealand managing director Jason Walker said demand in specialist sectors, including engineering, mining, IT and finance, remained high.
"Despite this clearly one in two employees are concerned about their job security.
"For months we've heard anxious commentary about United States subprime consequences and there has been much talk of organisations, particularly in the banking sector, monitoring effects globally, but little local effects have been seen."
He said manufacturers sending production offshore and high petrol prices and interest rates had been widely debated.
"This can't help but make some people feel concerned about job security. But it's important to note more optimists than pessimists remain ... perhaps this is because more Kiwis than ever remain in jobs and the unemployment rate remains low."
Compare Credit Cards - Independent interest rate and fees comparisons for New Zealand banks.