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Permanent Hiring Expectations: Lower North Island

Key Findings

  • The majority of employers (58.6%) intend to keep headcount steady.
  • Positive hiring intentions have increased 1.5pp to 31.5% this quarter.
  • Negative hiring intentions have dropped 1.1pp to 9.9%.


  • The ‘sinking lid’ is starting to bite in government with organisations operating without a headcount cushion. Sign-off for any new hire has become more difficult and is usually business case driven. The investment in time and effort to get additional headcount across the line is resulting in only the most business-critical hires occurring.

    The focus on public sector restraint is evident in the relatively flat employment in the region over the past year.22

    Employment grew 1.2% in the June quarter to reach a 12-month high in Wellington. Consumer confidence in Wellington is second only to Auckland, but this is yet to translate into increased retail spending, which has dropped 3.7%23 which is having some influence on demand for new hires.

    22, 23 ASB The Main Report, June 2012 Quarter, viewed 13 September 2012.


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