We're in a time where business is being significantly impacted by COVID-19, citizens and residents are choosing to return to New Zealand, and migrant workers are either struggling to return to their homes or to re-enter the country.
June Quarter Employment Statistics Due 5 August
Statistics NZ is due to release the June 2020 quarter statistics on the 5th of August. What we know already is that weekly advertised jobs fell significantly in March but are now on the rise to around 66% of what they were before March.
The statistics are expected to show a rise in unemployment but that the wage subsidies have mitigated a significant increase in unemployment, at this stage.
What Employers Need To Consider Now
With the expected rise in unemployment as the existing wages subsidies coming to an end, new funding being available for industry-based training, and a tightening around work visas, there is an opportunity to look at what could be done differently by employers who are recruiting. Questions to consider include:
- How do you advertise your vacancies? Can MSD or other agencies assist with filling your roles?
- What training could you provide to re-train new staff from other industries?
- Can you create internships, cadetships or apprenticeships?
- Can you partner with a learning organisation to provide work-based experience?
- Is there training or funding available to assist your industry?
- What career progression can you offer to current staff in order to retain them, and can you create career and employment opportunities for others?
- Are their aspects of your business, products or services that are outsourced internationally that could be sourced from New Zealand to provide local opportunities?
- Can you partner with local suppliers and manufacturers to create new job opportunities?
If you wanting to look at how you could create job opportunities in your business or team contact email@example.com