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A key socio-economic indicator in the New Zealand market, The Hudson Report: Employment Trends captures employers’ hiring expectations for permanent and contracting/temporary workforces over the coming three months.

The report’s quarterly findings on employment expectations are built on the premise that the expectation to increase or decrease staffing levels represents a significant indication of employers’ optimism for the growth of their organisations.

For the October to December period over 1,000 employers were personally surveyed by Hudson recruitment and consulting professionals across New Zealand.

The Hudson Report combines the expectations of key employment decision-makers from all major industries across small (less than 20 employees), medium (20 to 200 employees) and large (more than 200 employees) organisations, and analyses the findings in relation to other key economic indicators (e.g. interest rates and housing figures).

Participants in New Zealand were surveyed across the following core industry groups:

  • Advertising/Marketing/Media
  • Construction/Property/Engineering
  • Education
  • Financial Services/Insurance
  • FMCG
  • Government
  • Healthcare (Govt
  • Healthcare (excl Govt)
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Non Profit
  • Professional Services
  • Resources
  • Retail
  • Telecommunications
  • Tourism & Hospitality
  • Transport
  • Utilities
  • Wholesale/Distribution 

Participants in New Zealand were also surveyed across the following core professions:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Financial Services
  • Human Resources
  • Information, Communications & Technology
  • Legal
  • Office Support
  • Property & Construction
  • Public Sector
  • Sales, Marketing & Communications
  • Supply Chain & Procurement
  • Technical & Engineering

The percentages throughout the report have been rounded to one decimal place for statistical accuracy. The aggregate percentage may not always add up to 100% precisely.

Prior to 2009 the Hudson Report surveying took place every six months, rather than every three months, and this is represented on our graphs with a broken line.

In some instances, a gap in data reporting may be evident. This is due to the fact that if a surveyed industry did not meet a minimum sample size for a particular quarter, it has been omitted as the sample size may not be statistically representative of market trends.


Hudson (NASDAQ: HSON) offers highly specialised professional recruitment, recruitment outsourcing, talent management and related staffing services and solutions. Clients partnering with Hudson achieve greater organisational performance by attracting, selecting, engaging and developing the best talent for their business. With a global presence of more than 2,000 employees operating in approximately 20 countries, Hudson delivers great people and great performance.