NZ employers struggle to fill 50% of vacancies

BUSINESSDESK: New Zealand employers struggled to fill about 50% of job vacancies in 2011, with a squeeze on engineers, skilled trade workers and sales representatives.

ManpowerGroup's latest talent shortage survey shows Kiwi employers having difficult filling key positions rose 11 percentage points to 48% last year. 

That is well above the global average of 34% and Asia-Pacific's 45%. Japanese employers experienced the most difficulty on 81%, while Chinese employers had a much higher success rate on 23%.

“With fields such as engineering, IT and skilled trades set to boom in the coming years, encouraging local uptake into these industries should be a top focus for policy makers, educators and employers,” managing director of ManpowerGroup Australia and New Zealand Lincoln Crawley said.

“The Christchurch rebuild is going to put a huge amount of pressure on the local labour market, with the estimated need for workers outstripping the available local talent pool."

Canterbury has outpaced Auckland to gain the top spot in year on year growth, according to the National Bank's regional trends survey for the March quarter.

The region experienced at 4.7% increase in employment for the quarter, while the number of residential building consents rose 34%, according to data from Statistics New Zealand.

The ANZ's regional job advertisements series for the region hit a record high, up 24% in the December quarter.

“Employers who continue to struggle with skills shortages may need to review their job criteria and look for a ‘teachable fit’.

"That is, candidates who meet most criteria but need further training in other areas, or consider 'unbundling' job roles so that highly skilled employees only undertake technical tasks," Mr Crawley said.

Employees with skills in IT, accounting and finance, cooking and communication also remain in high demand, the survey said.

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I hope its true, but the cynic in me asks how many were jobs that contained words like "must be fluent in mandarin & english" which so often litter the sits vacant for the only reason to allow an immigrant to buy in, you know ther job where they turn up occassionally if an inspector might appear and the salary is a reimbursement of what they have paid up front themselves.

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I don't know how they do these surveys -- if the 50% figure is anywhere near right how come all these people are leaving NZ? All the jobs in IT --I suggest these guys talk to graduates and find out how hard it is for them to get a foot in the door to start a career. It is near impossible. ( Many ads actually specify no graduates to apply)

The employers who are looking for trades people should be lobbying the Government to stop the possibility of trades education at secodary / intermediate schools being dropped because of the recent changes to staff that have been announced.

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As I have stated in a previous post;

The reason that business owners like myself see a skills shortage is that many of the courses offered today which student elect to enrol in have no definitve productive value. Many of these courses effectively can only offer future employment though jobs provided by the state or with a desire to "better the world" working for non-profit or charitable organisations.

As a technology company who needs and employs engineers and scientists, who by the way are very thin on the ground, see a huge future skill shortage especially in light of the non-productive courses offered by institutions such as the Auckland University, a sample of which is below.

Please enlighten me on which of these courses will result in a job provided by an independent profit driven company that can contribute to the NZ economy and the governments funding (tax) requirement?

Ancient History
Art History
Asian Studies
Classical Studies
Employment Relations and Organisation Studies
English Language Acquisition and Linguistics
European Studies
Greek (Ancient)
Latin American Studies*
Linguistics and English Language Teaching
Logic and Computation
Ma–ori Studies
Medieval and Early Modern European Studies*
Pacific Studies
Political Studies
Social Science for Public Health
Women’s Studies
Writing Studies
Choreography and contemporary dance
Dance history and analysis
Ballet theory and practice
Dance education
Dance kinesiology
Kaupapa hou and kapa haka
Pacific music and dance

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Simply hows about NZ Employers start paying the market rate - Australia sets the market!

Graduate Accountants - AUD$60k v NZD$50k
Graduate Surveyor - AUD$100k v NZ$80k
Graduate Lawyer - AUD$50 v NZD$50

NZ Employers have been too greedy to too long, many are also going to have succession issues as no juniors will buy them out..

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OK that sounds fine, but lets say you as an end user need to use the services of a lawyer or accountant to complete the purchase or sale of a house here in NZ.

Are you willing to pay an NZ accountant or lawyer what they would be paid in Australia to complete your house purchase or sale? If you are then great, we can all pay our employees more.

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Well for a start you don't need a degree to be a software developer.take a good school lever on as a cadet and train them on the job.saves them and the country a student pay them less.and modern teenagers learn quick and can show you some return quite soon.more courtships less degrees or should I call them job filters.

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Then there are the office jobs where you are being employed as a receptionist or administrator but they want you to have done accounting papers! To my mind that means they want an accountant but only want to pay you office worker wages. I have seen this often in the past year or so.

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