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Median weekly income edges down

Median weekly income edges down
Wellington, Oct 7 NZPA - The median weekly income edged lower in the year to June, as more people started receiving money from the Government while the self-employed earned less and investment income fell.

Girls significantly outperforming boys in school

Wellington, Oct 7 NZPA - Girls are 13 percent more likely than boys to leave school with at least an NCEA level 2 academic qualification, new Ministry of Education figures show.

Economic outlook still positive, but less so

Economic outlook still positive, but less so
Wellington, Sept 21 NZPA - Forecasters expect the New Zealand economy to continue recovering, but optimism about the rate of growth has waned since June, according to a quarterly survey.

Jobs level nationwide, except Christchurch

Jobs level nationwide, except Christchurch
Wellington, Sept 9 NZPA - After steady new job ad growth over the past few months, new data showed some signs of the national job market levelling with both job applications and job ads down by 3.8 percent.

Hiring intentions plateau, survey

Hiring intentions plateau, survey
Wellington, Sept 7 NZPA - Hiring intentions as measured by Manpower's quarterly employment outlook survey have plateaued as employers hold off on growth plans.

Govt aware of home help concerns, says minister

Govt aware of home help concerns, says minister
Wellington, Sept 2 NZPA - The Government will continue to address concerns about rising costs and a diminishing level of care in the home support sector, says Associate Health Minister Jonathan Coleman.

Most employers made too many redundancies: survey

Most employers made too many redundancies: survey
Wellington, Aug 25 NZPA - A large majority of employers in this country and Australia feel they had to make too many redundancies during the economic downturn, recruitment firm Hudson says.

Holiday trade-In bill passes first reading

Holiday trade-In bill passes first reading
Wellington, Aug 24 NZPA - Legislation allowing workers to trade in their fourth week of leave for cash and giving employers the right to demand a medical certificate for one day of sick leave passed its first reading in Parliament today after protests from the Labour Party and the Greens.

Discrimination needs to be addressed: de Bres

Discrimination needs to be addressed: de Bres
Wellington, Aug 23 NZPA - Continuing discrimination against Asians needs to be addressed and the high rate of Maori imprisonment is bleak, Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres says.

Australia growing faster, Govt will turn trend around - English

Australia growing faster, Govt will turn trend around - English
Wellington, Aug 11 NZPA - Finance Minister Bill English has admitted Australia's economic growth is outstripping New Zealand's and says that in the long term the Government is determined to turn that around.

Labour says there's a mood swing against the Government

Labour says there's a mood swing against the Government
Wellington, Aug 11 NZPA - The Labour Party says it is detecting a mood swing against the Government as people find it harder to make ends meet.

Labour knows what worries people the most, Goff says

Labour knows what worries people the most, Goff says
Wellington, Aug 10 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff says his caucus has identified the issues that most worry people -- the unemployment rate, prices and wages, and cuts to essential social services.

New job ads on Seek rise strongly

New job ads on Seek rise strongly
Wellington, Aug 10 NZPA - Rising numbers of new job advertisements on the Seek website offer some hope of improving work opportunities after last week's shock surge in the unemployment rate.

Unemployment rate rises to 6.8 percent

Unemployment rate rises to 6.8 percent
Wellington, Aug 5 NZPA - The unemployment rate rose to 6.8 percent in the June quarter. The rate had posted a jaw-dropping fall from 7.1 percent to 6 percent when March quarter data was first reported. Economists expected it to rise to 6.4 percent in the June quarter.

Demand for temporary labour rises, says Allied Work Force

Demand for temporary labour rises, says Allied Work Force
Wellington, July 28 NZPA - Allied Work Force Group is noting rising demand in the temporary labour-hire business, a development that could indicate good news for the economy.

Accountants pay stabilises at high levels

Accountants pay stabilises at high levels
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - Chartered accountants remain one of the highest-paid professional groups, but salaries have now stabilised after several years of increases, according to the 2010 New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) remuneration survey.

30-day hiring law tipped for expansion

30-day hiring law tipped for expansion
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - The Labour Party says it will repeal any moves by the Government to widen the 90-day trial scheme under which workers can be fired without comeback and to reduce union access to workplaces.

Self-employment can be "a life of misery"

Self-employment can be "a life of misery"
Wellington, July 15 NZPA - Thousands of people who give up their jobs to work for themselves end up living a life of misery, says a business adviser who will be a keynote speaker at the Young Executive of the Year award ceremony later this month.

Job listings up but pay drops - Trade Me

Job listings up but pay drops - Trade Me
Wellington, July 11 NZPA - Job listings are up dramatically on last year, but pay rates have dropped for most jobs, online auction site Trade Me says.

Almost Half Of New Zealanders Concerned About Job Security

Wellington, July 8 NZPA - Almost half of employed New Zealanders are concerned about their job security, a new survey found.

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