Employers Struggle with Skills Shortages

Employers Struggle with Skills Shortages

Thursday 29 May

Originally published on news.msn.co.nz, 29th May 2014:

Labour might be advocating cutting the number of immigrants coming to New Zealand, but employers are reporting problems finding staff with the right skills.

The latest talent shortage survey from ManpowerGroup reports that 59 per cent of New Zealand employers are struggling to fill jobs.

engineering jobThat compares to a global average of 36 percent and is the second year in a row that more than half of the over 650 employers surveyed have detailed hiring difficulties.

The survey found vacancies for engineers, skilled trades and accounting and finance staff were the most difficult to fill.

"New Zealand's economic and employment growth is being fuelled by construction, infrastructure and housing developments in Auckland and Christchurch. This growth is filtering through to other sectors across the country, including retail, accommodation and food services," ManpowerGroup's Lincoln Crawley said.

More than half of respondents said skill shortages were reducing their ability to service their clients and Mr Crawley warned businesses were being hampered.

"Organisations need the right staff to service growing demand or they will miss out on growth opportunities and risk being left behind."

He said there needed to be more targeted campaigns to attract workers here from abroad and to better identify talent in New Zealand and ensure those leaving education were ready to enter the workforce.

The survey backs up a report this week from PwC which found chief executives in New Zealand are worried they can't find people to employ with the skills they need.

It found 80 per cent felt the availability of key skills is the biggest threat to their organisation's growth, compared to 63 per cent globally.


  1. Engineers
  2. Skilled trades
  3. Accounting and finance staff
  4. Management/executive
  5. IT staff
  6. Sales representatives
  7. Technicians
  8. Sales managers
  9. Doctors and non-nursing health professionals
  10. Secretaries, office support workers