New Zealand construction firms struggle with labour shortages

A study by the government of New Zealand has revealed that almost 80% of businesses in the construction industry reported vacancies in 2016, with 58% saying some were "hard-to-fill".

Vacancies include newly created positions and jobs that have become vacant after a staff member left.

Businesses surveyed reported that trade-related skills, management or supervisory skills, and professional or technical skills were difficult to find in job applicants.

Team-working, oral communication and numeracy skills were the least difficult to find in applicants.

Almost 40,000 businesses were represented in the Business Operations Survey, and 76% reported staff vacancies, the same as in 2014.

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  1. They need to pay realistic wages in New Zealand construction, then people will work there, people can not afford the houses or the cost of living. When I worked there everybody I worked with had a second job (mostly a farm).

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