Things appear to be looking up in Christchurch…businesses are reporting that there is no one to fill vacancies for jobs:
Some of Christchurch’s biggest employers are calling for more unskilled immigrants to be allowed into New Zealand to fill job vacancies.
While the city calls for tradesmen, engineers and management-level workers as the rebuild gets into full swing, some businesses say there is a similar need for those willing to do low-paid, unskilled work.
Trish Paterson, recruitment manager for Christchurch-based employment agency Ryan Recruitment, said many local companies were struggling to fill positions that required no qualifications or skills that can be learned on the job.
“It’s not so much that [jobs] are not available, but in a lot of cases they are paying minimum wage and there are other employers paying more, even if it is only 50c per hour, people will move jobs for that,” she said.
The company was even struggling to find people to stand with Stop/Go signs to manage traffic at road works.
Employers needed to adjust their expectations, she said.
“The old attitude ‘if they want the job they have to fit in with us’ is now unrealistic.
“Quite often it is about thinking outside the square . . . taking a more lateral approach and sourcing people that can be trained to do the job, perhaps people they would not have considered in the past.”
Most importantly, Paterson believed, Christchurch needed to bring in more immigrants.
Right so it appears that there are no unemployed at all left in Christchurch…I wonder what the stats say?Â
It seems not…The latest unemployment figures for Christchurch say different:
In Canterbury, in the year to September 2012, the unemployment rate decreased 0.3 percentageÂ points to 5.2 percent. For women the decrease was 0.8 percentage points, down to 5.9Â percent. There was a slight increase in the unemployment rate for men (0.1 percentage points),Â up to 4.6 percent.
So form the stats it looks the indigent are not wanting to work,Â preferringÂ instead to pick the taxpayers pockets when there is work to be had.
Why isn’t WINZ doing something about this issue?