Employers support 90-day trial periods
A nationwide survey of businesses and employers found that 90-day trial periods give business the confidence to take on staff they otherwise would not have.
The survey was a collaborative effort by the Employers and Manufacturers Association, Otago Southland Employers Association, Business Central, Wellington Chamber of Commerce and Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce.
Almost 1000 businesses responded, with 77 per cent saying the 90-day trial was an important part of their decisionmaking to engage a new employee.
The majority of companies (90 per cent) said they had kept employees on after the trial period had finished. They went on to say that 94 per cent of employees employed under the 90-day trial period remained with them for longer than 12 to 18 months.
The main reasons cited for using a 90-day trial period were to see if the employee was capable of performing the role, to see how they would fit into the workplace, the employer wanted to give them a go and give the new employee time to learn the job.