Pay packets from recruitment service Student Job Search (SJS)
were nearly $700,000 less in Otago last year than the total
earned by students in SJS placements in 2012.
SJS figures revealed Otago students earned 9% less last year
than the previous year - a fall from $8.051 million to $7.353
Otago University Students' Association president Ruby
Sycamore-Smith said the ''big drop'' in earnings was
''disheartening'' for students, especially with the cuts to
''Students want to work and if the jobs aren't there then
it's going to make for another tough year.''
Last year, SJS placed fewer students in jobs and those with
jobs worked for shorter periods than in 2012.
The average amount earned per placement reduced from $1848 to
$1766, she said.
Ms Sycamore-Smith said students were the ''backbone'' of
part-time employment in New Zealand.
''We'll continue to promote the Student Job Search service in
2014. Now let's hope the economy picks up.''
OUSA student support centre manager Matt Tucker said more
students used the OUSA-funded foodbank last year than in
Students relied on part-time work to buy food and he hoped
more work would be available to Otago students this year.
Students earning and spending was good for the Otago economy,
''I hope that the reduction in income was a one-off, because
it's not good for the students and it's not good for
Student Job Search is a free service for students and
businesses or individuals can list fulltime or one-off jobs.
More information at: www.sjs.co.nz.