Hundreds of new jobs for city
Tauranga Crossing and Bayfair to employ 2500 development and value their staff.
However, she did believe a variety of opportunities and the right kind of companies were coming to Tauranga and the region.
“There are good regional manager, area manager, store manager-level roles and some big chain stores that are coming to the region.”
Hill said “hundreds” of new retail jobs were expected in Tauranga.
Alicia Gordon, Kinetic’s retail specialist for Bay of Plenty/Waikato, started in her new role about two months ago.
“Because the industry is booming they’ve brought me on especially to fill the gap here,” she said.
“Obviously (we are) trying to source people locally in the Bay of Plenty but we’re advertising for people from out of town when we need to, to fill the more specialist roles.”
Tauranga Crossing chief executive Steve Lewis said Tauranga was an attractive place to live and work, as it had one of the fastest-growing regional economies in New Zealand.
“The new jobs created in the retail and food and beverage industries will provide fantastic employment opportunities for local people and those looking to move to the area,” he said. “We estimate that by the time stage two of the enclosed mall is complete next year the retailers at the Tauranga Crossing complex will be employing up to 1000 people in fulltime and part-time retail jobs.” Bayfair centre manager Steve Ellingford said the growing demand for more retail and entertainment was a good creator of jobs. “Bayfair’s development will see plenty of business and employment opportunities open up, supplementing the Bay of Plenty’s boom,” he said.
“On completion, it is estimated that Bayfair and its retailers would employ 1500 people.
“The development itself has created upwards of 400 construction jobs.”
Ellingford said while many of the retailers joining Bayfair would have lined up employees for their opening later this year, there would be a continued need for staff throughout the retail seasons.
“We envisage there being another wave of employment opportunity in retail within the next six months, and this is where recruitment agencies can help usher locals into retail.”
The majority of stores in the first phase of the new-look Bayfair will open in November.
There will be 150 stores completed in late 2019.
Yudu general manager Sarah Wood said the number of retail jobs around the country was holding relatively steady, but she expected listings on the careers website to increase as the busy Christmas season approaches.
“We have nearly 400 retail jobs on offer around the country — and some employers are already warning candidates to be aware of the added pressures Christmas brings to the sector.”
Alicia Gordon, left, Kinetic Recruitment retail specialist for Bay of Plenty/Waikato.