Seeka expects its 2022 kiwifruit harvest will fall short of forecasts due to lower crop volumes and a tight labour market, but said that it is too early to provide current year earnings guidance.
New sector agreements with the meat processing and seafood industries will be put in place later this year to help develop their workforces, says the government.
The hospitality industry says changes to migrant worker settings will be a welcome relief for businesses struggling to fill vacancies as the country’s border restrictions ease.
The Employment Court has found three former Gloriavale commune members on the West Coast were employees not volunteers at the registered charity which has F&B ventures.
Unemployment has remained at a record low of 3.2% for the March 2022 quarter, according to Stats NZ’s latest employment figures.
The workers will support NZ’s hospitality, horticultural and tourism sectors, says Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi.
Workers at Seeka have written to the company to seek assurances during bargaining for a new collective agreement that there will be no wage reductions at the end of the harvest in June.
Hawke’s Bay iwi-owned Takitimu Seafoods has started a restructure consultation process which could see its headcount reduce from 70 workers to 25 after falling to a $6.9m loss in its 2020-21 year.
Listed kiwifruit company Seeka has labelled the 2022 harvest across Australia and New Zealand as “challenging” amid labour, weather and supply chain headwinds.
The salmon farmer expects many roles to go via natural attrition, as it reduces its harvest size from 8,000 to 6,500 tonnes.
Under-pressure meat processors are among business that will benefit from an increase in the class border exceptions and caps.
Government proposals would require organisations to take action if they become aware of modern slavery or worker exploitation.
Supply chain challenges were one of the reasons behind a record number of job vacancies in the first quarter of the year according to analysis from Trade Me Jobs.
The government has updated guidance to businesses now that most workplaces will not require vaccine mandates from 4 April.
The re-opening of New Zealand’s borders could make it harder for employers to fill critical worker shortages as Kiwis head overseas, according to a new report which estimates a net outflow of 16,500 people as border opened.
The government’s Fair Pay Agreements Bill has been Criticised by Retail NZ who said it would drive up consumer costs if implemented.
New Zealand companies are seeing an acceleration of ‘career waka jumping,’ according to the 2021/22 Beyond Recruitment Economic & Labour Report.
Hundreds of people are required to plug gaps in Countdown’s supply chain because of Covid-19 absenteeism.
Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated says the sector is desperate to attract overseas backpackers to come over and pick fruit this season.
But it’s no ‘silver bullet’ for industries struggling to cope with labour shortages.
Business New Zealand has called the government reduced self-isolation for positive Covid cases “a pragmatic response.”
The isolation period for Covid-19 cases and household contacts will go down to seven days from 10 at 11.59pm on Friday 11 March.
Countdown employees working alongside Australian colleagues shipped in to fill gaps in New Zealand stores and supply chains should immediately receive pay parity and be remunerated at the significantly higher rates of their colleagues from across the ditch, First Union says.
Government guidelines on wage subsidies need to be clearer to protect small business owners including hospitality operators who are being fined for misinterpreting the rules.
A number of pop-up information sessions aiming to plug the fruit harvest labour shortage have kicked-off in Hastings.
Federated Farmers is relieved hundreds of extra international dairy workers can enter New Zealand this season.
The supply chain is being hammered with consumers warned to expect gaps.
Omicron absenteeisms are piling pressure on supply chains, with manufacturers scrambling to retrain and redeploy staff.
Horticulture New Zealand says the government’s decision to boost the cap on the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme would benefit future picking seasons.
The government’s extended the cap on RSE workers for this season but warned there might be hurdles in getting enough people here to finish picking.
Ongoing international demand and low stock levels have winemakers hoping for a significantly larger harvest this year, after a 19% drop in yield in 2021.
Auckland’s Business Chamber wants clarity from the government over how companies can access rapid antigen tests.
Job ads posted on website Seek reached a record in January, however hospitality and tourism ads were down 4% from December.
The kiwifruit sector is forecasting a record harvest this year of at least 190 million trays.
The business sector is critical of a move to raise the minimum wage 6% during the expected Omicron wave.
Critical worker close contacts can keep going to work instead of isolating if they return a negative RAT under the new scheme.
Industries will know by the end of this week which of them are considered critical, says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
While it opens for more workers, it comes too late for some and does not do enough to address labour shortages for others.
But they will still need to go into self-isolation, says Jacinda Ardern.
Labour shortages are the most pressing concern for the country’s primary sector but global prices should remain strong, according to ANZ’s latest Agri Focus report.
EMA won’t support the government’s proposed Income Insurance Scheme as it is, saying it would result in a further tax on businesses.
The Omicron wave about to wash over New Zealand will exacerbate an already tightening labour market.
The National Party says government inaction on border class exceptions for time-critical workers could have an impact on food production and distribution in New Zealand.
Sealord will not make Covid-19 vaccinations compulsory for New Zealand staff, seeking instead to mirror in the workplace what could reasonably be expected in a public environment.
Mounting skills shortages and ongoing supply chain disruptions are among the key challenges for company directors, according to the Institute of Directors and ASB Bank’s annual survey.
Grocery workers are suffering the mental health effects of customer hostility and lack of safety in their workplace.
Countdown distribution centre workers at two Auckland sites have signed a new agreement that includes a 5% wage rise for the next year and a 3.9% increase for a reduced 9-month term in the following year.
Domino’s is hoping a year’s worth of free pizza will help fill more than 1500 new part-time and full-time roles.
Coca-Cola Europacific Partners New Zealand has retained The Gender Tick accreditation for 2021.
Zespri says the industry is now planning for a substantial labour shortage for the 2022 season.
The owner of Dunedin-based Romeeco Bakery has been ordered to pay $299,038 in arrears and penalties after a Labour Inspectorate investigation.
Without a law change, it is risky for employers to mandate vaccination in any workplace, says Horticulture New Zealand.
The supermarket chain is consulting on a proposal that will see all of its 18,000 employees subject to a vaccine mandate.
The horticulture and wine grape industries have welcomed the evolution of quarantine-free travel following a trial for Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme workers from the Pacific.
The quantity of SunGold Kiwifruit licence to be released in 2022 has been slashed in half to 350 hectares.
Silver Fern Farms and the New Zealand Meat Workers Union (NZMWU) have agreed an increase in the minimum hourly rate paid at the meat processor to $24 per hour – an increase of almost 10%.
Hospitality New Zealand has welcomed the Government’s move to extend Working Holiday and SSE work visas by six months to allow onshore migrants to help fill labour shortages over summer.
The government has extended working holiday and supplementary seasonal employment work visas by six months.
The Employers & Manufacturers Association is calling for the carrying of digital vaccine passports to enter the workplace.
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The 2021 Resident Visa could allow around 17,000 workers in the food and accommodation sectors to stay in NZ.
One-way, quarantine-free travel for Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers from Vanuatu will be allowed from 4 October, says the government.
Labour shortages, increased kiwifruit supply, and shipping disruptions are leading to the one of the most challenging seasons in decades, says Zespri.
The details are yet to be finalised but government confirmation that quarantine-free travel will commence in October for workers from Vanuatu, Tonga and Samoa has provided a boost to growers.
Fonterra, Zespri, and Foodstuffs are heavyweights in NZ’s top 30 co-operative rankings.
The move to “review and reset the structure of the business” could see as many as 150 jobs go at the dairy company.
Countdown has called in trauma psychologists who have met with staff who were working when a terrorist carried out an attack on shoppers in Auckland’s New Lynn supermarket on Friday.
Businesses affected by the latest Covid-19 alert level lockdowns can apply for the next instalment of the government’s reactivated wage subsidy from today, Friday 3 September.
First Union has highlighted centralised wage bargaining “as a key tool to constrain excess supermarket profitability and secure decent work for everyone in the supply chain,” in its submission to the Commerce Commission’s market study into the grocery sector.
F&B manufacturers are keen to get essential services staff vaccinated but it’s not easy, despite government encouragement.
The supermarket group expects the number of staff affected to keep rising as locations of interest and close contact lists grow.
The government is restarting childcare for workers in Alert Level 4 businesses and services, which was available during last year’s national lockdown, education minister Chris Hipkins has confirmed.
The government is today expected to provide details on a move to bump supermarket workers up the vaccination priority list which would see jabs being given on-site.
The Primary Production Committee is calling for public submissions on its inquiry into the future of the workforce needs in the primary industries of New Zealand.
Poultry company Ingham’s is introducing paid vaccination leave for its staff in New Zealand and Australia in an extension to its health and wellbeing benefits.
The Meat Industry Association has launched a campaign to help address the industry’s chronic shortage of employees – currently standing at around 2,000 people.
New Zealand’s closed border is putting additional strain on the country’s labour market with ASB warning the impacts could last several years.
Living wages, job security and local sourcing are the pillars of the initiative.
The horticulture and viticulture sectors are breathing a collective sigh of relief at the government’s decision to streamline the entry of seasonal workers from the Pacific.
The positions were needed to help meet global demand for the grower’s apples.
The Restaurant Association is expanding its training programme, Hospostart, after receiving further backing from the Ministry of Social Development.
The A2 Milk Company has filled another role in its leadership team appointing a new chief people and culture officer following the departure of Lisa Burquest in January.
Legislation doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days came into effect on Saturday 24 July.
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Changes to the essential skills visa will bring more certainty to accommodation and hospitality businesses struggling to fill vacancies, say industry groups.
The Council of Trade Unions has welcomed a report into the gig economy in New Zealand, which it says delves into the experiences and difficulties faced by gig workers like rideshare and food delivery drivers and considers international precedents and potential options for change.
Too many jobs are being created in the low-wage economy, says the finance minister.
The director of Auckland restaurant Kiran Cuisine has been ordered to pay full arrears of $75,026.18 in unpaid minimum wage, leave, and holiday pay to a former employee, as well as a further $50,000 in penalties.
The kiwifruit industry will need 24,000 seasonal workers in 2022, says New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc.
The Food and Fibre Centre for Vocational Excellence and the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, Te Pūkenga, have signed what the partners describe as a ground-breaking Memorandum of Agreement.
The Feed Your Future career promotion campaign has concluded having held seven events taking high school students to visit primary sector businesses from Whangarei to Invercargill throughout May and June.
Seafood NZ has welcomed the government’s inquiry into foreign workers but warns getting more Kiwis involved in the sector will be a challenge.
Former Sanford COO Greg Johansson will help conduct the inquiry.
BusinessNZ’s quarterly planning forecast shows the economy bounced back during the June quarter with GDP figures holding up well, although warned that constraints to growth are rising.
The Auckland Business Chamber has added its voice to calls for immediate action in opening the border to allow entry for key workers to support the primary exports, hospitality, accommodation, and tourism sectors.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand has officially launched its new online employment hub, which it describes as a one-stop shop for farm owners and managers to assist them as employers.
NZ Apples and Pears Inc is encouraging apple industry employers to draw on new government funding to keep their workers employed during the winter season.
Food giant Goodman Fielder has introduced a new sustainability strategy that will see it use 100% recyclable packaging by 2025 and halve its food waste by 2030.
Covid-19 has highlighted the dependence of parts of the fishing sector on foreign workers, says the government.
The government has passed the Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill, doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days each year.
Eight senior staffers have accessed Comvita’s new share purchase and loan scheme which has seen the company grant loans totalling $2.28m .
The pandemic has highlighted NZ’s reliance on temporary migrant labour, says the government.
Parliament’s Primary Production Committee has initiated a select committee inquiry into the future of the workforce needs in the country’s primary industries.
Prime minister Jacinda Ardern will lead a trade mission to Australia in early July.
The government has established six new Workforce Development Councils, including one for people, food and fibre. to support the vocational education system.
But there are concerns over the costs of the scheme for employers.
Delegates from around the country are converging on the Manawatu for the 2021 New Zealand Agrifood Week.
Sealord, Sanford, and Talleys have backed the regional recruitment drive urging individuals to ‘seas the opportunity’.
New Zealand Apples and Pears Inc and GoHort have backed free online courses to attract Kiwi’s into horticulture roles.
The Agri Women’s Development Trust has teamed up with tech firm MEA to promote progress in New Zealand’s primary sector.
Treasury Wine Estates has been named as one of the top companies to work in Australia and New Zealand.
Cafe workers, fast food cooks and kitchen hands are now on the Government’s oversupply list for all regions except Queenstown Lakes and Mackenzie Districts.
The winners of the Good Employer Awards have been revealed.
Chief executive Julie White said the extension would help struggling businesses find trained staff.
Women entrepreneurs are increasingly entering the wine industry, a traditionally masculine domain.
Federated Farmers has asked the government to allow 500 skilled dairy staff into New Zealand.
The chief executive of Kiwifruit Vine Health is leaving the biosecurity organisation after three years to take up a top job with the Ministry for Primary Industries.
Temporary Covid-19 immigration powers will be extended to May 2023, in part to help industries facing labour shortages.
The producer is utilising the technology to train Hawke’s Bay locals to fill roles across its orchards, packhouses and cool stores.
The food giant plans to relocate its Wiri confectionery manufacturing to Australia.
Jobs in the accommodation and food services sectors were down 5.4% for February 2021.
Spencer Sonn steps into the role from Woolworths Holdings South Africa.
The Government is failing to support New Zealand’s horticulture sector as it faces a worker shortage crisis, according to the National Party.
T&G Global, Trevelyan, and Constellation Brands are among the food and beverage companies recognised.
An investigation in 2019 found breaches of minimum employment standards in relation to 24 workers.
Southland’s largest employer is automating its warehouse and using laser guided storage and retrieval systems.
The workers will be placed at orchards and vineyards in Hawke’s Bay, Canterbury and the upper South Island.
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The action comes as pay negotiations remain “unresolved”.
Carol Ward has been appointed chief grower, industry and sustainability officer.
Rajasekar Chellappa, former owner of Raj Kiwi, failed to pay minimum wage to six workers.
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Summerfruit NZ says growers have received more job applications than usual for this time of year.
The association has started the roll out of a series of online, digital and regionally focused advertisements.
Drew Fairnham has worked in the F&B industry for a number of years.
Independent auditors will be evaluating growers to ensure they are treating their staff fairly.
The consumer goods giant has 81 New Zealand-based employees.
Up to $200 a week for accommodation costs is on offer, plus a $1000 payment for some.
Growers are relieved by the government’s announcement that a cohort of Registered Seasonal Employer workers will arrive in the New Year.
Horticulture and wine growers across the country will see labour shortages ease.
She is the first woman in the position in the organisation’s 40-years.
In a blow to the horticulture sector, the PM says this year’s seasonal labour shortage will not be solved before Christmas.
They took action after a “disappointing” settlement offer during negotiations.
The Australian government says it will give Kiwi workers $2000 to take up a short-term contract there.
North Island Mussels Limited has been fined $150,000 and ordered to pay $31,000 in reparation following a 2019 incident which saw an employee’s hand crushed.
As prime picking time looms near the horticulture industry remains concerned about RSE shortages.
Fruit growers are being connected to students across the country looking for summer fruit picking work.
A growers employment expo and information session is being held in Hawke’s Bay next month.
A Waikato berry farm believes the answer to seasonal worker shortages this year could be for Kiwis to pick their own fruit.
Eighteen fishermen have been confirmed to have Covid-19 at a managed isolation facility in Christchurch
New research suggests women are under-represented in, and even prevented from, aspiring to higher levels of business in the industry.
The party pledges support for the food sector including help to modernise the fishing industry.
Zespri says it is placing further focus on the “critical” role of innovation and realigning its business towards growth.