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Friday 03 December 2021

Employment

Skills shortage, supply chain top challenges facing bosses – survey 3rd December 2021 /

Skills shortage, supply chain top challenges facing bosses – survey

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.


Countdown DC workers secure 5% pay rise 29th November 2021 /

Countdown DC workers secure 5% pay rise

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 dangles a ‘year’s worth of free pizza’ to help fill 1500+ jobs 24th November 2021 /

Domino’s dangles a ‘year’s worth of free pizza’ to help fill 1500+ jobs

Domino’s is hoping a year’s worth of free pizza will help fill more than 1500 new part-time and full-time roles.


Industry steeling for “substantial” labour shortage – Zespri 5th November 2021 /

Industry steeling for “substantial” labour shortage – Zespri

Zespri says the industry is now planning for a substantial labour shortage for the 2022 season.


Baker ordered to pay $300k in staff arrears, penalties 4th November 2021 /

Baker ordered to pay $300k in staff arrears, penalties

The owner of Dunedin-based Romeeco Bakery has been ordered to pay $299,038 in arrears and penalties after a Labour Inspectorate investigation.


Silver Fern Farms raises minimum wage rate by 10% 20th October 2021 /

Silver Fern Farms raises minimum wage rate by 10%

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 NZ welcomes visa extensions 13th October 2021 /

Hospitality NZ welcomes visa extensions

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.


8500+ visa holders granted extension to help summer harvest 12th October 2021

8500+ visa holders granted extension to help summer harvest

The government has extended working holiday and supplementary seasonal employment work visas by six months.


17,000 food, accommodation migrant workers could be eligible for residency – govt 30th September 2021

17,000 food, accommodation migrant workers could be eligible for residency – govt

The 2021 Resident Visa could allow around 17,000 workers in the food and accommodation sectors to stay in NZ.


Arrival dates, criteria set for RSE workers 28th September 2021 /

Arrival dates, criteria set for RSE workers

One-way, quarantine-free travel for Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers from Vanuatu will be allowed from 4 October, says the government.


RSE relief as govt approves Oct arrivals 13th September 2021 /

RSE relief as govt approves Oct arrivals

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.


Food firms grapple with vaccine rollout 31st August 2021 /

Food firms grapple with vaccine rollout

F&B manufacturers are keen to get essential services staff vaccinated but it’s not easy, despite government encouragement.


Govt restarts childcare scheme for frontline workers 23rd August 2021 /

Govt restarts childcare scheme for frontline workers

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.


Primary production workforce inquiry opens for public submissions 13th August 2021

Primary production workforce inquiry opens for public submissions

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.


Ingham’s offers paid vaccination leave 10th August 2021 /

Ingham’s offers paid vaccination leave

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.


MIA launches worker shortage campaign 6th August 2021 /

MIA launches worker shortage campaign

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.


Labour shortage “likely to last years” – ASB 5th August 2021 /

Labour shortage “likely to last years” – ASB

New Zealand’s closed border is putting additional strain on the country’s labour market with ASB warning the impacts could last several years.


Food Made Fair campaign highlights supply chain workers 4th August 2021 /

Food Made Fair campaign highlights supply chain workers

Living wages, job security and local sourcing are the pillars of the initiative.


RSE relief for industry, hopes for thousands of seasonal workers… 3rd August 2021 /

RSE relief for industry, hopes for thousands of seasonal workers…

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.


…T&G seeks more than seasonal staff, looks to hire 150 permanent workers 3rd August 2021 /

…T&G seeks more than seasonal staff, looks to hire 150 permanent workers

The positions were needed to help meet global demand for the grower’s apples.


Restaurant Association expands Hospostart 27th July 2021 /

Restaurant Association expands Hospostart

The Restaurant Association is expanding its training programme, Hospostart, after receiving further backing from the Ministry of Social Development.


Sick leave doubled to 10 days a year 26th July 2021

Sick leave doubled to 10 days a year

Legislation doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days came into effect on Saturday 24 July.


MIA calls for halal butchers visa category 19th July 2021 /

MIA calls for halal butchers visa category

Government changes to some essential skills visa will help ease some of the pressure on the red meat sector’s migrant workforce but a permanent solution is needed, according to the Meat MORE »


Visa changes bring certainty for businesses – industry 16th July 2021 /

Visa changes bring certainty for businesses – industry

Changes to the essential skills visa will bring more certainty to accommodation and hospitality businesses struggling to fill vacancies, say industry groups.


Parts of economy too reliant on low skilled, foreign workers – Robertson 14th July 2021 /

Parts of economy too reliant on low skilled, foreign workers – Robertson

Too many jobs are being created in the low-wage economy, says the finance minister.


Kiwifruit industry needs 24k workers for 2022 – NZKGI 13th July 2021 /

Kiwifruit industry needs 24k workers for 2022 – NZKGI

The kiwifruit industry will need 24,000 seasonal workers in 2022, says New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc.


Govt launches inquiry into migrant labour in seafood sector 2nd July 2021 /

Govt launches inquiry into migrant labour in seafood sector

Former Sanford COO Greg Johansson will help conduct the inquiry.


Economic constraints like labour shortages growing – BusinessNZ 25th June 2021 /

Economic constraints like labour shortages growing – BusinessNZ

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.


Borders must open wider for key workers – business chamber 23rd June 2021

Borders must open wider for key workers – business chamber

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.


Sick leave doubles to 10 days 25th May 2021 /

Sick leave doubles to 10 days

The government has passed the Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill, doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days each year.


No going back to cheap migrant labour for industries like horticulture – govt 18th May 2021

No going back to cheap migrant labour for industries like horticulture – govt

The pandemic has highlighted NZ’s reliance on temporary migrant labour, says the government.


Inquiry opens into future primary industry workforce needs 18th May 2021

Inquiry opens into future primary industry workforce needs

Parliament’s Primary Production Committee has initiated a select committee inquiry into the future of the workforce needs in the country’s primary industries.


Industries welcome RSE boost, concerns over costs continue 11th May 2021 /

Industries welcome RSE boost, concerns over costs continue

But there are concerns over the costs of the scheme for employers.


Fisheries giants back NRDA ‘Catch a Job’ campaign 30th April 2021

Fisheries giants back NRDA ‘Catch a Job’ campaign

Sealord, Sanford, and Talleys have backed the regional recruitment drive urging individuals to ‘seas the opportunity’.


Hospo staff on Govt’s oversupply list 19th April 2021

Hospo staff on Govt’s oversupply list

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.


Good Employer Awards celebrate food and fibre sector – minister 14th April 2021 /

Good Employer Awards celebrate food and fibre sector – minister

The winners of the Good Employer Awards have been revealed.


Hospitality NZ welcomes extension to immigration bill 9th April 2021 /

Hospitality NZ welcomes extension to immigration bill

Chief executive Julie White said the extension would help struggling businesses find trained staff.


Govt urged to reserve MIQ spots for ag workers 8th April 2021 /

Govt urged to reserve MIQ spots for ag workers

Federated Farmers has asked the government to allow 500 skilled dairy staff into New Zealand.


Nestlé calls time on Auckland Allen’s production, 45 jobs to go 30th March 2021 /

Nestlé calls time on Auckland Allen’s production, 45 jobs to go

The food giant plans to relocate its Wiri confectionery manufacturing to Australia.


Dairy farmer fined $30k for labour breaches 11th March 2021 /

Dairy farmer fined $30k for labour breaches

An investigation in 2019 found breaches of minimum employment standards in relation to 24 workers.


700 seasonal workers from Samoa flown in for RSE 1st March 2021 /

700 seasonal workers from Samoa flown in for RSE

The workers will be placed at orchards and vineyards in Hawke’s Bay, Canterbury and the upper South Island.


Govt extends visitor visas 22nd February 2021 /

Govt extends visitor visas

The Government has eased visa restrictions for visitors already in New Zealand as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to cause havoc overseas.


AGMARDT looks for associate board member 19th February 2021 /

AGMARDT looks for associate board member

The Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust is taking applications for an associate board member to join its board of trustees. AGMARDT was an independent, not-for-profit charitable trust fostering MORE »


Best Ugly Bagel staff seek collective agreement 10th December 2020

Best Ugly Bagel staff seek collective agreement

A cohort of Best Ugly Bagels staff is aiming to negotiate a collective employment agreement will calls going out for more workers to join E tū union.  NZ chef Al MORE »