After a ''tough'' year for Dunedin tertiary student
job-seekers in 2013, with overall student earnings dropping
by $700,000, this year has also started slowly.
The Otago University Students' Association said student
earnings overall through Student Job Search in Otago had last
year fallen about 8.6%, to about $7.4 million, from $8.1
million the previous year.
Earnings had also fallen slightly, to $1,551,971, during the
first two months of this year, from $1,569,297 in
January-February last year.
Average earnings per student over January-February fell about
6%, from $1976 to $1865 over the comparable period last year.
OUSA president Ruby Sycamore-Smith said Otago student
allowances income had also fallen after recent government
She was concerned ''further reductions in student allowance
availability'' meant more students would ''need to work to
make up the difference''.
Tertiary education was ''a right for all'', and support was
needed for those who did not have the time to work, ''on top
After three years of Student Job Search earning rises in
Otago and a peak of $8.1 million in 2012, there had been a
''significant decrease'' in student jobs and income.
It was still early in the year, but if latest figures
mirrored previous trends, she said fewer students would be
able to find work ''when they need it''.