Tags : Employment

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

Clutha Upper Waitaki lines project put on the fast track

A project to boost New Zealand’s drive to be 100 per cent renewable in electricity, improve the national electricity grid’s resilience and provide valuable jobs in Central Otago has been approved for fast-track consideration of their application. Environment Minister David Parker announced today that Transpower’s Clutha Upper Waitaki Lines Project will be the first proposal […]readmore

MSD security guards to be paid Living Wage

Security guards contracted to the Ministry of Social Development will be paid at least the Living Wage from next month supporting the Government’s commitment towards fair pay and employment conditions, announced Minister for  Social Development Carmel Sepuloni.   “MSD was  among the first government agencies to pay its employees the living wage in 2018 and it’s […]readmore

First project utilising $50 million ‘shovel ready’ fund for rural

$50 million for further rural broadband digital connectivity has been allocated from the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the COVID Response and Recovery Fund has been announced by Shane Jones, Minister for Infrastructure and Kris Faafoi, Minister for Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media.The investment will go to boosting broadband access and capacity across most regions […]readmore