NZ still facing skills shortage
4:00AM Friday Dec 19, 2008
By Brooke Donovan

The skills shortage that has plagued New Zealand businesses will continue despite redundancies and downsizing, recruitment companies warn.

The slew of pre-Christmas redundancies will not be the answer, with "top talent" still hard to come by, said Roman Rogers, Auckland general manager of Hudson New Zealand.

"The talent and skills being released into the market aren't those that organisations have been looking for," he said. "We will still have an ongoing skills shortage for the foreseeable future."

He said technical-specialist roles in engineering, construction and IT were particularly hard hit.

Kate Ross, owner of Kinetic recruitment, said candidates were "lining up at the door".

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