Skills shortage the big worry for businesses
2:30PM Wednesday March 12, 2008

New Zealand businesses are still among the most worried in the world about a shortage of skilled workers, according to the latest findings of an international survey.

"This is the second year in a row that the problem of the availability of a skilled workforce has been cited as the top constraint on the ability of New Zealand companies to expand their business," said Peter Sherwin, New Zealand spokesman for Grant Thornton, the accounting and business consultancy firm behind the research.

"The disturbing factor is that it continues to climb as a worry for New Zealand firms. In the latest survey, 61 per cent of the New Zealand businesses surveyed said it was a major concern - last year the figure was 60 per cent and the year before that it was 38 per cent."

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