A rebound in newspaper job advertisements in December helped
lift the ANZ New Job Advertisement series by 0.4% following
three months of decline.
The newspaper ads rose 2.1% while the number of internet job
advertisements lifted marginally.
ANZ economist Steve Edwards said the composite total for job
advertising, which placed more weight on newspaper
advertising, increased 1.1% (seasonally adjusted) but
remained below last year's levels.
The series continued to suggest an unemployment rate of about
7% for the next six months.
Job advertisements were again popular during the Christmas
holiday period as people considered their options for a new
year. Careers New Zealand reported increased interest in what
skilled jobs were the most sought after.
A Hudson Employment Trends report out this week showed
nearly one-third of all employers cited improving performance
and productivity of their existing teams as their top HR
priority for 2013.
Hudson New Zealand general manager Roman Rogers said there
had been a huge focus on managing costs but, concurrently,
businesses were looking to lift productivity, performance and
quality of service.
Work loads had increased for more than half of employees and
more than a quarter were working more than they were a year
''Most companies are asking more of their people. But
employers need to realise they can only go so far before this
Staff retention and high performance were results of strong
employee engagement, Mr Rogers said. Exceptional leadership,
staff buy-in to what the organisation was trying to achieve
and feeling part of the team were essential.
It could take six months to bring a new employee up to speed
and employers could ill afford to overlook the needs of their
New Zealand had also made a higher priority of developing
leadership skills than any other country surveyed in the
Asia-Pacific region, Mr Rogers said.
Many leaders had been focused on managing their businesses
through tough times. As growth started, new leadership skills
and a stronger focus on engaging and inspiring their teams
would be required.
Employers needed to strike the right balance between
competing organisational demands, he said.