Holly Ryan

Retail, Innovation and Manufacturing reporter for the NZ Herald

Employers keener to hire

Despite strong business confidence, the Hudson report noted that employers were still being cautious. Photo / Thinkstock
Despite strong business confidence, the Hudson report noted that employers were still being cautious. Photo / Thinkstock

People may find it easier to secure jobs in the coming months with the hiring intentions of employers on the rise, according to a report by recruiting agency Hudson.

The report, released today, found that employers who were intending to hire more staff in the coming quarter of the year had risen 4.5 percentage points to 31.8 per cent, nationwide.

The results also supported findings released in the most recent Westpac McDermott Miller Employment Confidence Index survey, which found employment confidence to be at an almost six-year high, although not quite as high as it had been before the global financial crisis in 2007.

Despite strong business confidence, the Hudson report noted that employers were still being cautious.

"Despite the strong economic outlook, we're seeing employers across the board continuing to exercise caution, not wanting to count their chickens before they hatch, when it comes to investing to support their growth ambitions," said Roman Rogers, general manager of Hudson New Zealand.

The South Island region had the highest growth with 48.2 per cent of employers saying they intended to hire more staff in the coming months.

According to Rogers, this was a result of the continuing Christchurch rebuild.

This also saw the construction, property and engineering sectors experiencing the highest positive jobs growth at 59.8 per cent nationwide, something Rogers said would continue over the coming years.

"We saw Canterbury stop to take a breath last quarter and recalibrate hiring requirements to meet the needs of the next phase in the rebuild," Rogers said.

"Future hiring intentions will be further supported by $15 billion of new spending earmarked by the Government in Budget 2014."

- NZ Herald

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