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Unemployment rate falls to 5.3 percent

The unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent in the December 2015 quarter (from 6.0 percent), Statistics New Zealand said today. This is the lowest unemployment rate since March 2009. There were 16,000 fewer people unemployed than in the September 2015 quarter.

Labour urges Talley's to end AFFCO lockout

Labour has urged Talley’s to resolve the ongoing industrial dispute with AFFCO workers which is having a severe effect on the employees, their families and their communities, Labour’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says.

Major disruption in jobs 'will accelerate growing inequality'

The government has a clear role to play to support people through the job losses and disruption of what the World Economic Forum is describing as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Green Party said today.

Major recruitment drive for nannies

More demand for nannies has New Zealand’s largest in-home childcare provider PORSE launching a major recruitment drive for 100 new internships.

Demand for talent at six-year high - Hudson Report

New Zealand employers’ intent to hire has reached a six-year high according to the latest Hudson Report: Forward Focus 2016 released today[1], with 92.5% planning to increase or maintain headcount in the first half of the year.

Job market swings to favour employers

While the number of jobs advertised grew in the final quarter of 2015, there was an explosion in the number of job applications according to the latest data from Trade Me Jobs.

Poorly paid women-dominated jobs 'more pronounced at Christmas'

The injustice of being a woman in a job that earns significantly less than a man in a similarly skilled and responsible job is exacerbated during the Christmas period, says the Pay Equity Coalition.

Local logistics workers strike to disrupt Nike supply chain

Approximately 20 striking workers from Toll Logistics’ Nike distribution centre in Auckland are commencing strike action today. The workers are striking over poor pay and to protest the company’s excessive use of labour hire employees.

Job advertisements: A strong finish

Job advertising strengthened further in November, according to the latest ANZ job advertising data, reflecting a broad-based re-acceleration in the economy.

How to get a job in 2016

What will it take to be the winning candidate and land a top job in 2016? According to recruiting experts Hays disrupting your CV, being open to freelancing and getting outside your comfort zone to promote yourself online are just three ways to aid your 2016 job search.

Slower labour force growth in the long term

New Zealand's labour force is projected to keep growing, driven by an increasing population and people working into older ages, Statistics New Zealand said today.

Up to 850 Bunnings workers to strike across NZ

Workers from 21 stores met at 11am and voted to strike for the day; This is the largest strike in the retail sector this year and disruption for Christmas shoppers is expected; Workers from 7 stores in the lower North Island to meet on Friday.

Jobseeker confidence drops as economy faces challenges

Jobseeker confidence has taken a sharp drop in 2015 with the Randstad Mobility Index, easing nine points in the first three quarters of 2015, following signs of challenges in the New Zealand economy.

Vacancies continue to rise in November

The number of job vacancies rose by 2 per cent in November, with a 6.9 per cent rise over the year, according to the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Jobs Online report.

AFFCO Talley workforce angered as first pay falls short

The first pay-day under the Court ordered return to work on previous union terms and conditions has left workers at the AFFCO Talley plants furious at the mistakes, pay cuts and omissions, says the NZ Meat Workers Union.

Vodafone scheme to back those with on the job qualifications

Vodafone New Zealand is the first company to successfully pilot and deploy the Tertiary Education Commission’s Direct Funding Scheme (DFS) designed to encourage companies to give more industry training opportunities to their employees.

3K to Work launched across New Zealand

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the successful 3K to Christchurch employment initiative has now been expanded to other regions to assist job seekers to relocate for full-time employment.

Leadership programme helps women explore their strengths

Three well-established leadership experts - Suzi McAlpine, Fiona Fenwick and Jayne Muller - have launched an intensive four-day leadership programme, designed to educate, inspire and empower female leaders living in New Zealand.

'Large pay gap' in state sector

The release of the remuneration of public service and state sector chief executives has been welcomed by the PSA as great example of transparency but one that reveals a large gap between the senior managers and other staff in the state sector.

HRC welcomes state sector human resource survey

The Human Rights Commission has welcomed the State Services Commission’s 2015 Human Resource Capability (HRC) Survey.

More women senior leaders in State sector

The number of women in senior leadership roles in the State sector has grown from 16% to 44.2% since 2008, and 38% of current or acting Chief Executives in the Public Service are women - the highest proportion ever - while the total spend on employing Public Service chief executives has remained

Jump in employment figures for Pacific peoples

The number of Pacific people employed increased by 9.6 per cent in the year to September 2015, according to the latest Labour Market Factsheets for Māori and Pacific peoples released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment today.

Expectations high for a pay rise and bonus in 2016

The majority of business professionals believe 2016 will be a good year financially, with nearly three quarters expecting to receive a pay rise and/or bonus, according to the findings of an annual survey conducted by leading specialist recruitment firm Robert Walters.

Attracting a workforce when there's no salary on offer

The not-for-profit sector contributes around NZ$7 billion to the nation’s economy. It’s big business, and is largely supported by volunteers who contribute an additional NZ$3.3 billion in unpaid work to the economy every year.

Vacancies rise 1.8 per cent in October - report

The number of job vacancies advertised online rose by 1.8 per cent in October, while there was a 4.3 per cent rise across the year, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) latest Jobs Online report.

Law society applauds Coroner gender parity

The New Zealand Law Society says the swearing in of Brigitte Windley as a Coroner on 23 November will mean a majority of New Zealand’s coronial bench are women.

NZ unemployment now worse than Australia - Robertson

New Zealand’s unemployment rate is now worse than Australia’s - an economy described as ‘fast becoming a basket case’, Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. "Last night Australia’s new figures put unemployment at 5.9 per cent. New Zealand’s is 6 per cent.

Employees want to stay 5+ years - poll

Two-thirds of New Zealanders want to stay with an employer for more than five years, according to a poll of 1,084 New Zealanders by recruiting experts Hays.

Kiwi workers 'more accepting than Australian counterparts'

New Zealand workplaces are more diverse and accepting, especially when compared to their Australian counterparts, according to a new study by HR and recruitment specialists Randstad.

Kiwi women working for free - Pay Equity Challenge Coalition

New Zealand’s gender pay gap means that women are effectively working for free from today until the end of the year, according to Pay Equity Coalition Spokesperson, Wellington, Angela McLeod.

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