employment

'Bleak picture' for Pacific workers and employers, says International Labour Organisation

Tens of thousands of Pacific workers have already either lost their jobs or were on reduced hours.

Elena Gerasimova, from the ILO's Pacific office, said the organisation received requests for support from workers, employers and small to medium businesses.

"There are lots of complications, problems and challenges for workers, employers and governments because there is a serious, very serious impact of the Covid-19 on their employment and on economies.

"Lots of companies are closed while many companies may become bankrupt and people are losing their jobs."

NZ RSE scheme boosting employment in the regions

Business expansion has boosted employment in regional areas, with RSE employers hiring more New Zealanders from the local community, including through Work and Income NZ.

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) Pacifica Labour and Skills Manager, George Rarere says the 2019 survey highlights the positive impact of RSE workers on businesses and the local community.

“A stable seasonal workforce has meant more employers have been able to grow their business operations and put more investment into plant equipment and offer job opportunities to locals,” Mr Rarere says.

Finding skilled roles for Pacific graduates a priority for New Zealand’s MBIE

Senior Data Geologist (New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals) at MBIE Ian Dalla-Torre says the Geoscience Information team would commonly look for an intern to complete/assist with a specific piece of project work related to their geoscience information.

“Generally this would be a student from a New Zealand university however, in 2016 we received an inquiry regarding the possibility of hosting a PCF Summer Internship,” Ian explains.

3.1pc employment drop in private sector

This is according to the Bank of PNG’s Quarterly Economic Bulletin for June 2017.

The Central Bank said the private sector declined by 1.1 percent in the June quarter of 2017, despite an increase of 1.1 percent in the March quarter.

Excluding the mineral sector, the level of employment fell by 1.4 percent.

According to the Bank of PNG, employment decreased in the construction, agriculture, forestry, fishing, retail and manufacturing sectors.

Report highlights ways to grow employment across the country

The 32-page report “Fulfilling the land of opportunity: How to grow employment in Papua New Guinea” is based on a joint survey of over 230 businesses in Port Moresby, Madang, Mt Hagan and Lae in late 2017.

Covering five employment sectors from management and hospitality to clerical and administrative occupations, the report identified key factors preventing firms from hiring more staff, what skills businesses determine are most in need, practical impacts of the skills shortages and how Papua New Guinea can help grow employment.

T-levels: What are they?

Chancellor Philip Hammond has set out plans for them in the Budget.

He says these type of qualifications have not always been on an equal footing with academic ones - and wants that to change.

T-levels will allow 16 to 19-year-olds to study in 15 sectors in subjects like hair and beauty or construction.

The courses will replace thousands that are currently on offer and it's claimed they will make access to the job market easier.

Students in further education or technical college will also be eligible for maintenance loans.

Ten ways to reward your employees -- For free

  1. Ask each employee which half-day in their work week they would like to work from home. Assign each person their designated Work from Home day (half-day). As you get more comfortable with telecommuting, expand the half-day to a full day or more than one. Flexibility is one of the best rewards and ‘thank yous’ you can give your team!
  2. If some folks on your team don’t want to work from home, let them shift their working hours to suit their schedule. You can do this with everyone, as long as phones and other critical coverage issues are handled in advance.