A quarterly snapshot of the NZ Housing and Construction sectors

Yesterday, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment published the March 2015 edition of the New Zealand Housing and Construction Quarterly report, which can be found here: http://www.dbh.govt.nz/UserFiles/File/Sector%20info/nzhc/2014/nz-housing-quarterly-december-2014.pdf These are a few highlights of the report: The annual number of new dwelling consents in the year to December 2014 for New Zealand was 24,717. This…

High labour demand in the construction industry

Job growth in the construction industry continues to rise as Canterbury rebuilds from the devastation of the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. In the past 12 months, 15,800 jobs were created in the region. This accounts for nearly 20% of jobs created across the country. This has had a flow on effect to other sectors in…

Employment Relations Amendment Act 2013

The Employment Relations Amendment Act 2013 passed its third reading on 30 October 2014 and will come into force in the next few days. Employers have only four months to implement the changes. These include – rest and meal breaks, industrial action restrictions, good faith requirements, extension of flexible working arrangements and continuity of employment…