Tags : Employment

Building stronger support for workers post COVID

The Government, Business NZ and the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (CTU) are jointly designing a Social Unemployment Insurance scheme that would support workers to retain about 80 percent of their income for a period after they lose their jobs. This delivers on a commitment in Labour’s manifesto.“As we secure our recovery from COVID-19, we have an […]readmore

More sick leave to support employees on the way

The Government is delivering on its commitment to increase the minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days each year by passing the Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. “If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s how important it is to stay home when you’re sick. Having […]readmore

Fair Pay Agreements to improve pay and conditions for essential

The Government is delivering on its pre-election commitment to implement Fair Pay Agreements which will improve wages and conditions, as well as help support our economic recovery, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. Fair Pay Agreements will set minimum standards for all employees and employers in an industry or occupation. The Government […]readmore

Record Number of People Move Into Work

The Government’s COVID-19 response has meant a record number of people moved off a Benefit and into employment in the March Quarter, with 32,880 moving into work in the first three months of 2021. “More people moved into work last quarter than any time since the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) began keeping electronic records in […]readmore

1 April changes raise incomes for 1.4 million New Zealanders

Changes to the minimum wage, main benefit levels and superannuation rates that come into force today will raise the incomes for around 1.4 million New Zealanders. “This Government is committed to raising the incomes for all New Zealanders as part of laying the foundations for a better future,” Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni says. “Over the […]readmore

Improvements to the Holidays Act on the way

The Government has accepted all of the Holidays Act Taskforce’s recommended changes, which will provide certainty to employers and help employees receive their leave entitlements, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. Michael Wood said the Government established the Holidays Act Taskforce to help address challenges with the Holidays Act after a joint […]readmore

Household incomes rise but more work needed

Figures released today by Stats NZ show there was strong growth in median household incomes in 2020, before surveying was halted due to COVID-19. Stats NZ found the median annual household income rose 6.9 percent to $75,024 in the year to June 2020 compared with a year earlier. The survey used to generate these statistics […]readmore

Employment rises on back of strong economy

The latest data from Stats NZ today shows the recovering economy is continuing to add jobs, led by a record high for jobs in construction, while unemployment fell. Employment rose by 17,000 in the December quarter, up 0.6 percent on the previous September quarter. Women made up 10,000 of the increase in the last three […]readmore

Govt to accelerate COVID-19 economic recovery plan

Today’s better-than-expected unemployment figures back the Government’s COVID-19 economic recovery plan, and show why it’s important to accelerate that plan under the mandate delivered at the election, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. Data from Stats NZ today shows the unemployment rate was 5.3% in the September quarter – well below the Treasury’s forecast of 9.8% […]readmore

PGF helps Bay of Plenty youth find jobs

Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) support for a pathways to work hub in Tauranga will help address high youth unemployment in the Bay of Plenty by connecting young people with training and meaningful employment opportunities, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau has announced. “Priority One Western Bay of Plenty Incorporated, the western Bay of […]readmore