Hun­dreds of new jobs for city

Bay of Plenty Times - - FRONT PAGE - Scott Yeo­man

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.”

PHO­TOS/JOHN BORREN

Ali­cia Gor­don, left, Ki­netic Re­cruit­ment re­tail spe­cial­ist for Bay of Plenty/Waikato.

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