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Stats NZ: Construction workers needed

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/03/2017
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Construction workers are spoilt for choice at the moment with almost 80 per cent of businesses in the industry reporting vacancies last year, Stats NZ says.

The government agency said this meant 4600 construction businesses had 3600 vacancies between them, with 58 per cent of these jobs being hard-to-fill vacancies.

The findings from the construction industry were part of Stats NZ's Business Operations Survey, which collected responses from almost 40,000 Kiwi businesses.

Of the 40,000 surveyed, 76 per cent said they had job vacancies, either from the creation of new jobs or because existing staff had left.

And while times are good for construction workers, the accommodation and food services sector was the area with the highest proportion of businesses with vacancies, at 85 per cent, Stats NZ's Daria Kwon said.

"This was closely followed by electricity, gas, water and waste services, arts and recreation services and health care and social assistance firms on 84 per cent," she said.

Of the firms with vacancies in 2016, 47 per cent also said they had hard-to-fill vacancies, up from 41 per cent in the 2014 survey.

Knowledge of trades, technical skills and management experience were difficult to find in job applicants, the businesses reported.

Effective team players and oral communicators were the applicant skills least difficult to find.

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