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.