The num­bers

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS -

A QUEEN­STOWN Cham­ber of Com­merce sur­vey of 230 em­ploy­ers in the dis­trict, pub­lished last month, found more than two­thirds of busi­nesses (68%) ex­pe­ri­enced labour and skills short­ages dur­ing the 12 months prior to re­spond­ing.

About 89% of busi­nesses with 100 or more em­ploy­ees ex­pe­ri­enced labour and skills short­ages.

Al­most half of the busi­nesses in both the 2017 sur­vey (49%) and 2018 sur­vey (46%) re­ported that it took more than two months to fill po­si­tions.

A lack of New Zealan­ders ap­ply­ing for jobs was iden­ti­fied by 62% of re­spon­dents as al­ways an is­sue and by 21% as of­ten an is­sue.

A short­age of ap­pli­cants with re­quired skills or qual­i­fi­ca­tions was iden­ti­fied by 34% of re­spon­dents as al­ways an is­sue and by 45% as of­ten an is­sue.

Al­most a third of busi­nesses said re­cent changes to un­skilled visa leg­is­la­tion was their main im­mi­gra­tion con­cern.

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