Saturday , January 23 2021

500 jobs: Ashburton tries to find workers

Unemployment decreased to about 10 percent of about 4.5 percent across the country – and in Ashburton, only 1.9 percent of residents have no jobs.

But the residents of the town say they are now working with a lack of work, and the council looks at ways to solve it.

A working plan, from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, has recorded more than 500 jobs in the city.

Repeated company, Canstaff's managing director, Matt Jones, said it was affecting all the sectors of the workforce.

"The region is growing and more and more industry is coming to Mid Canterbury, which constantly puts pressure on the local labor market," he said.

He said Ashburton's problem was more urgent than other parts of the country because it was richer and growing faster.

CEO Jim Crouchley said he had two works announced in Commerce for almost one month with little success. He said there were only young, qualified people coming.

"This drive wages, and that's really pressing our margin. We have to deal with that with more payments to customers, just to support our drivers on board," he said.

Some employers complete vacancies by contracting visitors from Europe and South America, but Mr. Jones said they were often very short, leaving six to 12 weeks.

Mayor Donna Favel said many potential employees also left a city in their early 20s, rented by foreign trips and tertiary education.

New Zealand's Economic Research Workshop, commissioned by Ashburton District Council, highlighted Ashburton as the sixth most wanted district for business and the twelfth most wanted to live.

Mr. Favel said that these were excellent results on their own, but also showed that Ashburton was considered a place to make businesses more than a place to live.

She said that the work shortage could be dealt with if the city attracted younger families and offered a "point of difference" as an excellent goal for them.

Improvements to the recreational facilities and events of the city to welcome migrants were some of the existing initiatives that the council hopes could make the city more familiar.

Mr. Favel said that it also shows people what the city had already proposed – which was not always at once evident.

She said the council should review their economic vision early in the New Year and the working plan would be taken into account.

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