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Minimum wage hike whacks regional employment - ACT

The new $15.25 minimum wage will hit regional employers especially hard, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

Minimum wage rise good, but not good enough - PSA

A minimum wage rise to $15.25 an hour is better than no rise at all - but the Public Service Association says it falls far short of what New Zealand workers need for a decent life. From 1 April the minimum wage will increase by 50 cents an hour, or $20 a week before tax.

Tauranga City Council disappoints by rejecting Living Wage

Tauranga council’s rejection of a living wage shows that it values its bottom line far more than its staff, the Public Service Association says. This week, the council voted against paying its staff at least $19.25 an hour, which would cost an estimated $3.2 million a year.

Job advertisements: Employing caution

Jobs advertisements slumped in January, suggesting a degree of caution may be creeping in on the part of employers, according to the latest ANZ job advertising data.

Vacancies rise in January - MBIE Jobs Online Report

The number of job vacancies grew by 1.5 per cent in January, with an 8.7 per cent increase over the year, according to the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Jobs Online report.

Locked out Wairoa workers back to work on Monday

AFFCO Talley’s Wairoa workers will be returning to work on Monday 22nd February, after five months of unlawful lockout, says the NZ Meat Workers Union.

Union will continue pickets at Foodstuffs stores

FIRST union will resume its pickets of Foodstuffs stores in Nelson today despite having its organisers arrested twice yesterday. Union organisers Bill Bradford say that the union has the right to represent its members and to enter into the workplace and will continue to do so.

Zero-hours here to stay, thanks to National's love-affair with business - PSA

The government misled New Zealand workers when it promised to outlaw zero-hours contracts - and the Public Service Association’s deeply disappointed.

Union rat to visit Nelson Foodstuffs stores - FIRST Union

The giant union rat will make an appearance at pickets organised by FIRST Union at the Nelson New World and Richmond Pak n Save this weekend.

HRDs have their say on what it takes to reach the top HR job

Human Resources Directors (HRDs) are resilient and collaborative, work 46 to 55 hour weeks and rarely commenced their career in HR.

Mondayisation flaunted by large employer of Maori - union

One of the first companies to flaunt the first ever Mondayising of Waitangi day law is a large employer of Maori in the North Island, says the NZ Meat Workers Union.

Pacific employment at all-time high

Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has welcomed new figures which show the unemployment rate for Pacific people has fallen to its lowest point since 2008 and employment at its highest level.

Economic strength reflected in employment figures - EMA

Growth in employment figures is evidence the underlying economic fundamentals of our economy are paying dividends, says EMA. "We have been consistent in our belief the economy is sound and will drive growth and subsequent rise in employment," says Kim Campbell, CEO, EMA.

Fall in unemployment welcome but more still needs to be done - CTU

"The fall in official unemployment from 6.0 to 5.3 percent is welcome," says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg, "but the unfortunate fact is that the economy is still not creating enough jobs to match the increase in the working age population, which is swollen by the highest annual net immigration in

Unemployment figure lowest in seven years

The latest Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) shows unemployment has fallen to 5.3 per cent, the lowest since March 2009. There were an additional 21,000 jobs in the December quarter, and 175,000 additional jobs over the past three years.

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.

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