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posted on: Nov 15, 2016 | author: Matt MacKenzie

HR off the press

HR off the press

HR in the news recently includes job seekers increasing, contracting rates guide released, local success in social recruiting and bullying guides available now.   Record Number of Kiwis Seeking New Jobs The number of New Zealand job seekers reached an all time high in March, with over 940,000 people searching for jobs on seek.co.nz,  throughout the month. The March SEEK Employment Index (SEI) showed the effects of more people looking for new employment options as the index declined by five percent, driven by the continued growth in applications which grew faster than the number of new job ads. The SEEK New Job Ad Index remained stable, with only a slight decrease in month on month growth by 0.2% from February to March 2010. The slowing of growth is most evident in Christchurch which declined by 2.5%. Both Auckland and Wellington experienced positive growth of 0.8% and 0.1% respectively. >>>> Full report here   Professional Contracting Rate Guide The Professional Contracting Rate Guide reveals average rate expectations in a number of contracting professions (including HR) and looks at how these have fluctuated over the past six months, providing a useful resource for an HR or line manager to consult when planning resource budgets or hiring. Of note is in HR, Change Management contractors rates have risen significantly over the past six months, which suggests demand for services is rising. >>>> Source: www.crackerjacks.co.nz   Deloitte NZ Wins International Social Recruiting Award Deloitte New Zealand has received an international award for their social recruiting initiatives. The 2010 SOCRA award honours excellence in social media and recruiting. Deloitte NZ received over 500 votes from industry professionals, edging out North American heavyweights UPS / TMP with 275 votes and Sodexo with 201 votes. Deloitte NZ won the award for their Facebook page, which is geared towards...

posted on: Apr 22, 2010 | author: Editor

HR news update

HR news update

A new dyslexia in the workplace website In New Zealand at least 10 per cent of the workforce will be dyslexic to some degree. Dyslexics tend to have unique abilities in higher level thinking processes, learning capacity, creative problem solving and ‘thinking outside the square’ however they also experience real difficulties too that can create challenges. The Dyslexia Foundation is encouraging employers to understand the new thinking around dyslexia, focusing on noticing the difficulties (or preferences) a staff member has, and adjusting their actions in response. A new Dyslexia in the Workplace website has been created by the Dyslexia Foundation of NZ – visit: www.4d.org.nz Employment expectations continue to improve for second quarter of 2010 New Zealand employers’ sentiment has improved to mark the fourth consecutive quarter of rising confidence, according to the latest Hudson Report: Employment Expectations survey. The latest results show that New Zealand employer sentiment has increased by 0.2 percentage points (pp), meaning a net effect of 19.8 per cent of employers report plans to increase their permanent staff levels during the April – June 2010 period. Employer sentiment has now improved by more than 31 pp since the historic lows recorded in March 2009. There is a continuing strong shift in intentions away from reducing headcount, with the proportion of employers looking to reduce their permanent staff levels decreasing from 8.2% last quarter to 7.8% this quarter. The proportion of employers intending to hold their current staff levels steady rose from 64.1% to 64.7%, while the proportion looking to increase their permanent staff levels edged down slightly, from 27.7% to 27.6%. >>>> For the full report visit...

posted on: Apr 3, 2010 | author: Editor

HR news – third week March

HR news – third week March

Retirement and KiwiSaver The KiwiSaver Sentiment Study, which looks at New Zealanders preparedness for retirement and their attitude toward the KiwiSaver scheme, of 513 working New Zealanders found that 44 per cent of survey respondents participate in the KiwiSaver scheme. Yet there has been a rise in the number of people who feel that life in retirement would be less comfortable than it is today: 49 per cent feel this way, up from 42 per cent in 2007. Other findings included; Kiwis are reasonably satisfied with KiwiSaver providers; nearly half (49%) said they were either satisfied or very satisfied with their current provider. Respondents indicated a strong loyalty to current schemes; very few (5%) anticipated a change in their KiwiSaver provider in twelve months time. The main concern Kiwis have about KiwiSaver is the lack of guarantee and specific concern about the future viability of the scheme. Other concerns centered on a lack of understanding of the scheme, poor returns and a preference for greater control over personal finances. Kiwis predict they will need between $2,000-$3,000 per month (including NZ Super and after tax) in retirement. The introduction of a 2% contribution level has proven popular; 29% indicated they either plan to make or already make contributions at the 2% level (the proportion of these as a result of default selection is not known), while 46% plan to do so at the 4% level. Just over half (55%) actively chose their own provider, while two in five (42%) either let the Inland Revenue Department or their employer make the decision on their behalf. – Mercer Recent Employment Relations Authority findings A restaurant worker sacked after being discriminated against because of his sexual orientation has been awarded nearly $15,000. The Employment Relations Authority found that the man, whose name was...

posted on: Mar 20, 2010 | author: Editor

HR news – second week March

HR news – second week March

Employees more loyal now A survey of almost 5,000 New Zealanders, conducted between early October 2009 and the end of January 2010, found that 32 percent say the economic downturn has made them more loyal, while 6 percent say it has made them less loyal, and 62 percent say it’s made no difference. When asked to name the one thing that would make an employee more committed to their job, 46 percent cite ‘more interesting or challenging work’, followed by ‘higher salary or benefits’ and ‘more meaningful responsibility’ (both 15 percent). –  Kelly Global Workforce Index   Employment optimism The overall employment optimism across New Zealand continues to improve for the fourth consecutive quarter, with job seekers expected to benefit from a much stronger 2Q hiring pace compared to this time last year. The survey of over 570 New Zealand employers indicates hiring intentions for the next three months have softened somewhat after notable improvements reported last quarter, with the seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook at +14%, up from +13% in the first quarter. This is due to an increase in the proportion of employers planning to hire (23%, up from 20% in Q.1) while there was no change in the number planning to decrease their headcounts (6%). –  The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey   Same degree – yet women earn less A recent study by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs has revealed that only one year after entering employment an income gap of up to six percent develops between men and women with a bachelor’s qualification or above. Women’s Affairs Minister Pansy Wong says the findings of the study have established a clear difference in income between men and women who graduate within the same fields of study after five years, varying from just one percent for graduates in...

posted on: Mar 12, 2010 | author: Editor

HR news – first week of March

HR news – first week of March

2009/2010 HRINZ HR Award winners announced The Overall Winners for 2009/2010 were announced at a gala dinner on 25th February 2010 Supreme Winners were: Overall HR Initiative of the Year – NZSki Limited Overall HR Person of the Year- Craig Morris Overall Young HR Practitioner of the Year, in association with Wheeler Campbell – Michael Peters Overall HR Specialist of the Year, in association with Melbourne Business School – Diane Edwards Overall HR Generalist of the Year, in association with Melbourne Business School – Craig Morris Southern Cross Wellness Award – NZ Customs Service – Safe, Fit and Well Entry State Services Public Sector Award – NZ Customs Service – Leadership Career Path Entry >>>> More info here   Review of part 9 of the employment relations act 2000: personal grievances The Department of Labour is seeking submissions to inform a review of the personal grievance system established under the Employment Relations Act 2000. They welcome the views of people who have had either direct or indirect experience of personal grievances. Submissions close on 31 March 2010. >>>> More info here   New Zealand workplaces high on international globalisation scale 86 percent of New Zealand employees have worked closely with colleagues from a different country or culture over the past two years, making New Zealand fourth internationally in workplace globalisation. Amongst the key findings of the survey in New Zealand:  •           80% of Gen X believe it is important to their career prospects that they become more globally oriented, followed by Gen Y (79%) and baby boomers (73%). •           In deciding where to work, exposure to a global environment is considered ‘extremely important’ by 29% of Gen Y, 26% of Gen X and 23% of baby boomers. •           Only 28% of local employees receive formal cross-cultural or language training from their...

posted on: Mar 6, 2010 | author: Editor