Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) Northern - Pragmatic response to employers call for temporary work visas

Pragmatic response to employers call for temporary work visas

27 Jul 2017
The setting of more realistic bands for temporary work visas is a pragmatic response for employers struggling to find staff.

In an announcement confirming the changes to temporary work visas, the Minister of Immigration, Hon. Michael Woodhouse has responded to calls by industry and employers to have more flexibility to find the staff they need in their respective sectors.

“I think there has been a very clear call from business saying that in such a tight market as this, they need to have the ability to find workers. Today’s announcement from Government is sensible and practical in how it addresses pressure points in the mid-level salary range,” says Kim Campbell, CEO, EMA. 

“We keep hearing of the skills shortage in the service sector and today’s confirmation of a mid-skilled remuneration band for temporary work visas does address this.”

Mr Campbell says with a deepening skills shortage the Government must continue to look for at a range of options to address the issue.

“Immigration is part of the solution. It goes hand-in-hand with how we educate and develop Kiwis. From embarking on your first job through to managing your career through different ages and stages, we need to ensure we have capable workers,” says Mr Campbell.

The skills shortage continues. In the EMA Employers Survey 2015 67% of employers were finding it difficult to recruit for skilled positions. A year later in the Employers Survey 2016 this had increased to 72%. Furthermore, employers are struggling to recruit positions across all range of skills from fully qualified professionals through to general labourers.

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