Employment

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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More good news: Pasifika employment is up

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The number of Pacific people employed increased by 9.6 per cent in the year to September 2015, according to the latest Labour Market Factsheets for Māori and Pacific peoples released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment today. Read more »

Remember Labour going apeshit over a 0.1% change in unemployment rate? This is why

Labour went completely off the scale over the unemployment rate, when it moved just 0.1%.

They were obviously expecting it to be much worse, but because Andrew Little’s whole direction for Labour is “jobs, jobs, jobs” they had to run with it.

There weren’t any big bang policy announcements, but Labour leader Andrew Little has come out firing as the party tries to well and truly shake off the demons of last year’s election defeat.

In an impassioned speech to round out Labour’s annual conference in Palmerston North today, Mr Little set out in the broadest possible terms what his party’s priorities will be heading into 2017 – at one point sending his water glass flying off the lectern in the process.

He’s put jobs at the top of his agenda, saying getting more Kiwis into higher skilled, better paid jobs is necessary to build a stronger economy.

The Government needs to do more and to that end, Mr Little says a future Labour government will change the rules so companies promising to create jobs have a better chance of winning government contracts – a rehash of what previous Labour leaders have said they’ll do.    Read more »

The Dhimmi NZ Herald publishes an article offensive to Muslims

 

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Oh dear.

Oh dear, oh dear.

You don’t want to make followers of Islam angry NZ Herald, you won’t like them when they are angry, just ask Charlie Hebdo.

This is what happens when you are ignorant of an ideology. The NZ Herald knows that showing a cartoon of Muhammad is breaking Sharia Law with consequences of violence and death so they don’t do it like the submissive Dhimmis they are but like most apologists there is still so much that they still don’t understand about Islam.

They wrote an article about an Italian in New Zealand who lost his job for saying “Hi Darling ” to a woman who turned out to be his manager. As part of the same article they published a list of what you should do to avoid losing your job in New Zealand and included something that is a a major issue for practising Muslims. Can you guess what it was?

Dos and don’ts of on-the-job communication:

• Don’t be too vocal on any job until you’ve proven yourself to be a good worker.

• Don’t use pet names, particularly not for your boss.

• Do smile and extend a handshake.

• Don’t be too forward or too friendly until you have established a more solid working relationship.

• Do keep calm when conversing with your colleagues and don’t let your emotions get the best of you.

  • Corazon Miller A Newspaper

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More good news, salaries on the rise

Despite the opposition talking down the economy…and at the same time finding a new love for dairy it appears other areas of the economy are doing just fine thank you very much.

Salaries appear to have risen by $100 a month on average.

Average pay packages in New Zealand have risen almost $100 per month over the past year, fresh statistics have revealed.

Data by Seek.co.nz showed, average annual salaries for jobs listed on the site had increased 2.3 per cent, or $94 per month after tax, year on year to June 2015.

The national average advertised salary now sits at $74,965.

Seek.co.nz general manager Janet Faulding said the increase had occurred despite slowing economic factors and a reported drop in business confidence.

“It is encouraging to see there has been upwards movement in salaries across the the job advertisements posted [on the site].    Read more »

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What about the Fire at Will Clause?

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Labour think they have won a major battle by getting the very small number of zero hours contracts employees contracts improved in parliament. This is all well and good because it doesn’t actually have any impact on Labour.

What would have an impact on Labour is them removing the fire at will clause from parliamentary staffers contracts, something that they rail against in anyone in the private sector from having. MPs who don’t like the look of their staffer can fire them without reason, and instantly.   Read more »