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Increase in seasonal workers for RSE

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse today announced an increase in the number of seasonal workers who can come to New Zealand to work in the horticulture and viticulture industry under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme.

'Worker safety paramount' in Wellington post-quake investigations

The Public Service Association Te PÅ«kenga Here Tikanga Mahi is welcoming an investigation into the serious damage sustained at Statistics House in Wellington.

Lift pay of support staff to that of prison officers - NZEI

NZEI Te Riu Roa is calling on the Government to acknowledge low paid women "working for free" from today, by lifting the pay of education support workers and teacher aides to equal that paid to corrections officers.

Practical response to skills shortage

New developments in employment and skills have been welcomed by BusinessNZ.

Employers can't find NZers to employ - BusinessNZ

BusinessNZ says Labour’s proposal to tax employers who are not providing training would be a blunt instrument that would not fix the problem of skills shortages. Chief Executive Kirk Hope said the real problem is that many employers can’t find New Zealanders to employ.

Unemployment down to 4.9 per cent

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has today welcomed a drop in the unemployment rate to 4.9 per cent, the lowest rate since December 2008.

Kiwis believe gender equality still an issue in workforce

New research from recruitment and HR specialist, Randstad, places New Zealand near the bottom of the table of 33 countries when it comes to believing there is gender equality in the workplace. The Randstad Workmonitor survey encompasses Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas.

Auckland University staff take an hour for fair pay

People working at the University of Auckland will take an hour off tomorrow as they campaign to get a fair pay offer. The short strike, which will take place between 12pm and 1pm on Thursday 22 September, follows three months of unproductive negotiations with the university.

Pacific employment scheme launch

Following a successful pilot, Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has today launched Pacific Employment Support Services (PESS) at an event in Manukau. PESS will help young pacific people in Auckland find sustainable employment, education or training opportunities.

AFFCO Talleys at it again with t shirt threats - union

AFFCO Talleys bosses visited the picket line at AFFCO Feilding today to tell the workers that they can’t wear their Jobs that Count t shirt because they advertise the union’s Jobs that Count website.

Higher wages and low inflation helping families

New Zealand’s average annual wage has increased by 25 per cent to $58,000 since 2008, while low inflation means much of the increase is lifting the spending power of Kiwi families.

More candidates standing up for Jobs That Count

Local Body candidates from around New Zealand are signing the Jobs That Count pledge to take a stand and put their communities first if successful in the upcoming local body elections.

New Easter trading laws bad for families - CTU

"Today the National Government voted to make regional authorities responsible for deciding whether people get to spend time with the families on Easter Sunday or not. This was a bad decision by the National Government," CTU Secretary Sam Huggard said.

NZ's top apprentices launch campaign to sign up more school leavers

The GOT A TRADE WEEK campaign will this week raise awareness of careers that exist in 140 trades and services in New Zealand.

Easter Sunday should be for families, not commerce - CTU

The Council of Trade Unions is backing the call of two former All Blacks to protect family time at Easter. A government bill, which will make it easier for shops to open on Easter Sunday, is due back before Parliament this week for its third and final reading.

Crowdsourced advert highlights Kiwis' AFFCO concerns - CTU

Hundreds of concerned New Zealanders have come together to fund a full page advertisement in the Nelson Mail today to tell Sir Peter Talley to negotiate fairly with people who work at Talley’s-owned meat processor AFFCO.

Unemployment count changes 'to meet international standards'

Changes to how the unemployed are counted when they look for work online were made to meet international standards, Statistics NZ said today. This week there has been some misunderstanding of the changes, which were first announced on 29 June 2016.

Job advertisements: On the job in July

Job advertising increased for the sixth month in a row in July signalling solid economic growth but possible skill shortages in the year ahead, according to the latest ANZ job advertising data.

Contractor Bill confused - BusinessNZ

BusinessNZ says a new Bill coming up for vote in Parliament is confused. The Contractor Bill could be passed into law next week, as a result of a vote switch by MP Peter Dunne.

Unemployment rate drops for Manawatu/Whanganui

Unemployment in the Manawatu/Whanganui region dropped by 600 people in the year ending June 2016 which is the lowest unemployment rate in over two years, explains Jono Naylor, National List MP based in Palmerston North.

Jobless Northland reflects National's neglect - NZ First

High unemployment in Northland shows the region is struggling to recover from years of neglect by National, says New Zealand First.

Automation in the workplace - friend or foe?

Fifty-six per cent of New Zealanders ‘definitely’ think their job will be impacted by artificial intelligence (AI) and automation in the next 10 years, according to recruiting experts Hays.

More women contributing to the workforce

New Zealand women’s contribution to the economy continues to grow, said Minister for Women Louise Upston. "The latest Household Labour Force Survey shows women’s participation is now 64.6 percent (June 2016 quarter), continuing an upward trend.

The Government must do more to get Kiwis in work - CTU

"There is plenty that needs doing that could put more Kiwis in work. But figures out today show that there are still too many Kiwis out of work," says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg.

Job ads steady in July - Jobs Online Report

The number of job advertisements was steady in July 2016, rising by 0.2 per cent, and by 12.7 per cent over the year, according to the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Jobs Online report.

Govt should face the facts not skew the facts - Labour

National appears to be actively massaging official unemployment statistics by changing the measure for joblessness to exclude those looking online, says Labour’s Employment spokesperson Grant Robertson.

Review of immigration 'needed to fix skill shortages'

Last week’s debate around skill shortages, particularly in Auckland, showed there are some measures we could implement immediately and other things we could do to ease the tension between the skill requirements of business and the gaps immigrants can fill says Michael Barnett, head of the Auckl

'Spark Pay' raises prospects for front-line roles

Spark has made a commitment to a higher wage economy by introducing a benchmark that ensures all staff are paid a fair, competitive salary above minimum pay levels.

E tu says transmission cost proposal could decimate regional jobs

E tū says hundreds of jobs will be at risk if proposed changes to transmission lines charges go ahead. The Electricity Authority proposes moving to a user pays model, where power users further away from power generators pay more for power.

Rising overtime: Are you paid for the hours you actually work?

Almost three in ten (29%) organisations in New Zealand increased overtime and extra hours during the last 12 months, according to recruiting experts Hays. For 54% of non-award staff, this overtime was unpaid.

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