Businesses fear staff shortages as travel resumes for Kiwis

 Monday, March 21, 2022 


That’s good news for those who had to put their plans to travel or move overseas on hold and it appears many are jumping at the chance to see the world again.

But employers in sectors that have already been hit hard by the pandemic are worried about it.

Mike Egan from the Restaurant Association says that unfortunately, they are going to get another crunch that will definitely be an exodus.

Liza Viz from Beyond Recruitment says it compounds the hiring issues that businesses are already facing.

Finding that talent is a big thing for our clients and then retaining them is equally a big problem.

A news media has predicted that about 20,000 Kiwis will leave for Australia alone in the next year, with the country’s labour market tipped to heat up considerably.

According to Liza Viz, employers overseas know that Kiwis are hungry to travel.

Some groups, including the Trucking Association, say they want the relaxed borders to be matched with relaxed immigration rules to help with hiring issues.

The Government has introduced a staggered approach to allowing migrants into New Zealand.

Mike Egan believes the current rules make New Zealand an “immigration fortress”. It just makes it impossible to just get something done in a timely manner, he says.

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