Employment

Another of Labour’s concerns solved…by Kiwi indifference

Labour has their Future of Work Commission where they have signalled a worry that the robots are going to take people’s jobs.

The problem is that Kiwi workers don’t think they will so any political party pimping that message will have their policy fall on deaf ears.

Most Kiwis in the service industry aren’t concerned about the looming threat of their jobs being taken over by robots, a study has found.

Late last year, Massey University surveyed the opinions of roughly 140 employees from 50 companies throughout New Zealand and found 87.5% of them disagreed with the statement “smart technology, artificial intelligence, robotics or algorithms could take my job.”

Massey University school of management senior lecturer David Brougham completed the study and tells NBR he isn’t surprised by the result because there was less awareness about the issue last year.

“Despite experts like Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking warning about mass unemployment in the future, it seems few New Zealanders are making any plans to change out of jobs that might disappear over the next five to ten years,” Dr Brougham says.   Read more »

More good news: If you don’t have a job, you’re either dead or lazy

Despite the wailing of the opposition, most people in NZ have a job…and that situation is improving all the time…except if you are incredibly indolent.

More jobs are being advertised online to New Zealanders than at this time last year, according to Seek employment website.

Data from Seek shows almost 8.9 percent more jobs are available throughout the country on the website.

The organisation’s New Zealand general manager, Janet Faulding, said the number of advertisements for jobs in Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown had increased significantly.

She said construction jobs in both Auckland and Wellington had increased by more than 30 percent, while tourism growth in Queenstown meant employers were looking for more staff.   Read more »

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Michael Woodhouse tries a bold faced lie. It normally works, but this time the Media used Google

Maybe the Media party are getting wise to lying politicians and fact checking what they have to say.

They’ve caught out Michael Woodhouse in a lie.

Workplace Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse told RNZ News he agreed with that finding, but added the 90-day trial was never about creating jobs.

“The policy wasn’t put in place to materially increase the number of jobs in the economy … and for that reason, the report is actually of reasonably limited use in assessing the successful outcome or otherwise of the trial periods,” Mr Woodhouse said.

Mr Woodhouse’s statements today contradict what the government told the public in 2008 when it said the policy would help create new jobs.

In a media release titled “90-day trial period to provide job opportunities”, then-Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson said the policy would “provide confidence for employers engaging new staff” and allow “struggling job-seekers to get their foot in the door, rather than languish on a benefit”.   Read more »

Hey, Duncan, Read this before you open your gob about Kiwi jobs again

Duncan Garner gobbed off that filthy foreigners were taking Kiwi jobs.

He should read a bit more widely.

A challenge caused by the industry’s expansion is the need for more infrastructure — more coolstores at ports, more transport and more reliable workers.

With more kiwifruit coming in the next few years, McBride says the industry, like the apple and wine industries, have come to rely heavily reliant on the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme under which workers from overseas – in particular the Pacific islands – harvest and package the crop. The industry could not grow without these workers.

“We also work with WINZ to help NZ folk find employment in our industry, but this is challenging because so many of the people we get are unreliable. One orchard I manage employed 72 people through WINZ, but only three made it,” he says. “A lot of plant and fuel got stolen. We tried really hard but… these people don’t really want to work.”

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Lindsay Mitchell schools silly old Bernard Hickey

Lindsay Mitchell is wise to media commentators like Bernard Hickey making shit up.

She schools the man who sold out of the Auckland market years ago stating it was at its peak and he was moving to Wellington.

According to Bernard Hickey, writing in today’s HOS:

New Zealand created 120,000 new jobs in the past two years, but the number of unemployed and underemployed rose.
How did that happen?

Essentially New Zealand imported a net 123,900 people to do those jobs.

Really?

Hickey has added together the net migration gain for the two years to March 2016. From Stats NZ:

Unadjusted figures showed a record net gain of 67,600 migrants in the March 2016 year.

The balance, 56,300 was the net figure for the previous year    Read more »

Oh look, how inconvenient for Labour

Last year Andrew Little was stating that Labour’s focus was going to be on “jobs, jobs, jobs”. Grant Robertson is talking about the “Future of Work” and Andrew Little echoed that by talking about the rise of the robots…and nasty car washes.

Carmel Sepuloni thinks the statistics are wrong and calls for the government to be more transparent on job figures.

Grant Robertson even predicted that unemployment was going to balloon:

At the Select Committee Bill English appeared bewildered as to why unemployment is at 6%, higher than Australia, the US or the UK. He had no explanation as to why he has been unable to get unemployment any lower than the 5.6% recorded last year. With unemployment set to head towards 7% in the coming year, it is reckless that the government still has no plan to address this.

Apparently the government isn’t doing enough on jobs…and employment.

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NZ Skills shortage: paying jobs are left undone

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Hundreds of trucks are sitting in freight yards across New Zealand every day because there aren’t enough people to drive them.

National Road Carriers wants more people to become truckies.

Chief executive David Aitken says the shortage is holding the country back from its full economic potential.

“There are a lot of goods that aren’t getting moved which is affecting our productivity and efficiency. We need goods moving and we need to be doing it efficiently,” he says.

David clearly doesn’t understand that trucks and moving goods is last century.  It’s all about rail and bikes now.   Read more »

$40,000 for a worthless piece of paper?

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“Tell us about your student loan troubles,” says the Stuff news website under an article about a student who has been arrested at the airport for failing to communicate with IRD. The student involved handled his problem by putting his head in the sand and thinking that if he left the country and ignored the IRD attempts to communicate with him, his obligations would magically go away.

I was with my son when he signed up for his student loan. The staff member spent a lot of time very clearly explaining my son’s obligations. Besides a student loan  for course costs there was an additional lump sum of cash that my son could access . It was explained to him that this money was not free and that eventually he would have to pay it back just like the student loan. He was informed what the total amount would be if that was added to his student loan. My son chose to keep his obligations to a minimum and turned down the offer.  He was told that other students use the cash to buy a car as it was interest-free.  At the end of this course my son will have a smaller debt than those students because he is prepared to delay gratification and wait for a car.

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Labour’s push for solutions to unemployment continues to fail as job demand is on the rise

It’s like they declared a crisis…

An increasing number of New Zealand employers are aiming to create new jobs, with most planning to either increase or maintain permanent staff in the first half of the year.

More than 90 percent are looking to add or keep workers, a six-year high, which according to recruitment agency Hudson has been largely bolstered by growth across previously subdued industries.

The net intention to hire new staff – calculated by taking the per cent of employers who expect to increase staff and subtracting those who anticipate lay-offs – reached 29 percent, the highest since 2010.

Hudson executive general manager Roman Rogers said sectors such as manufacturing, transport, tourism, financial services and IT are starting to regain momentum.

The IT industry is particularly robust, with upwards of 40 percent of employers looking to maintain or up their workforce in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

“Growth is a good problem to have, it reflects a positive economy,” Mr Rogers said.

“While it makes talent attraction harder, it also means more customers and revenue for your business.”

Construction, property and engineering workers are also in high demand, particularly in Auckland and Christchurch, reflecting infrastructure growth and the push to fill the housing shortage.

“Large scale projects in each of the three major cities will continue to drive that trajectory.”

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Socially challenged? On the Autism spectrum? No problem

I think that the I in Israel stands for inclusive after reading this article. Not only have they accepted and helped people who struggle to get employment and to communicate successfully with others, they have benefited from the high intelligence and skills of these same people.

I have read about people with Aspergers who have degrees but who are unable to find employment due to their limited social skills. I have read about highly intelligent people on the Autism spectrum forced to work in menial jobs because they cannot find a position where their difference is supported or nurtured. In Israel many of these same kinds of people are making a valuable contribution to the security of their country.

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A soldier in Roim Rachok, Hebrew for Seeing Far, an Israeli army program aimed at drafting people with autism. (Courtesy of IDF)

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