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Canterbury’s construction sector and rebuild is close to peaking

Canterbury’s construction sector and rebuild is close to peaking Christchurch’s rebuild is near to or around its peak says ASB chief economist Nick Tuffley. ASB’s Cantometer index was designed to summarise activity in Canterbury with the rebuild and has been tracking various economic indictors such as residential consents, building work, employment growth, unemployment, wages, retail sales, tourist numbers, migration and ... Read More »

Special investigation: Auckland house prices

Special investigation: Auckland house prices Exclusive: Leaked figures support claims that Chinese investors are a big influence on Auckland’s overheated property market. The first picture has emerged of Chinese buying patterns in Auckland’s pressure-cooker housing market — and it suggests a powerful, big-spending influence. Real-estate figures leaked to the Labour Party, which cover almost 4,000 house sales by one unidentified ... Read More »

Britain reaches its limit on skilled migrant workers

Britain reaches its limit on skilled migrant workers The official cap on the recruitment of skilled overseas workers from outside Europe has been reached for the first time in four years, the Home Office has confirmed. The decision means that some applications from businesses and the public sector to fill skilled vacancies from overseas have been rejected, leading to accusations ... Read More »

Hungary: Government seeks to lure young expats back home

Hungary: Government seeks to lure young expats back home The Hungarian government is running a campaign to try to encourage young people living abroad to return home. While the authorities have been engaged in high profile attempts to block immigrants, including plans to build a fence along the border with Serbia, they are eager to entice Hungarians back to the ... Read More »

Staffing crisis in Canada’s tourism sector

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Staffing crisis in Canada’s tourism sector Like other economies, Canada continues to face a severe staffing shortage in its travel and tourism sector.  Following are excerpts from a report prepared by the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council.   Canada’s tourism sector is facing a potentially severe shortage of labour over the next 15-20 years.  Like other sectors of the Canadian ... Read More »

Builders in United States face worker shortages

Construction industry faces shortages

Builders in United States face worker shortages   U.S. builders shed more than 2 million jobs during and after the housing bust. Now they say they can’t find enough carpenters, electricians, plumbers and other craftsmen for a growing pipeline of work.   Read more on the Wall Street Journal     Read More »

The 10 Jobs Canadian Employers Have The Hardest Time Filling

The 10 Jobs Canadian Employers Have The Hardest Time Filling There’s been a lot of debate in recent years about Canada’s skilled labour shortage, and whether it really exists. A new international labour survey says it does — but Canada’s shortage is mild compared to those in many other countries. According to ManpowerGroup’s Talent Shortage Survey, 32 per cent of ... Read More »