Otago students won't be short of an opportunity to earn a
dollar or two this summer.
Student Job Search figures show there are 2813 jobs available
this summer - 905 more than the 1908 on offer during the
2011-12 summer break.
Student Job Search chief executive officer Paul Kennedy
believed the increase was because of ''one or two companies''
which had asked for more help than usual.
The figures come at the end of a successful year for Student
Job Search in New Zealand.
An Elvis impersonator and a candy-making Oompa-Loompa were
among the 50,784 positions on offer this year, and the busy
summer season is looking good with 22,000 jobs posted across
the country since September.
Mr Kennedy said the number of jobs had increased
significantly nationwide since 2011. This was great news for
the thousands of students in need of cash to help fund next
year's studies and gain work experience over the long summer
break, he said.
''We have a willing and highly skilled student workforce -
you only have to look at their contribution to the
Christchurch earthquake clean-up to know that.
''Whether you need a shop assistant, someone to help with the
harvest, do your accounts or impersonate `the King', there is
likely to be a student who is up for the job.''
Mr Kennedy said students were popular with employers because
they brought vibrancy to the workplace and weren't afraid to
roll up their sleeves and get stuck in.
''Employers know they're getting someone who's keen, flexible
and good value for money.''
Mr Kennedy said the number of jobs for students offered in
Canterbury had increased considerably, an indication the city
was getting back on track.
''So far this year we have had over 8000 jobs in Canterbury
on offer - that's up 30% on last year, which is great for
students and a great sign for the city of Christchurch.
''There's a huge variety, from haymaking to retail.''
SJS summer job numbers