27 February 2008

Employers resort to older workers as New Zealand immigration need increases

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Employers in New Zealand are resorting to hiring older workers in an attempt to make up for the skills shortage, according to the Mature Employment Support Agency. Statistics New Zealand recently released figures which showed that the group of employees who are aged over 65 had the biggest growth in employment. While hiring older workers is seen as a short term solution, there have been suggestions that an increase in New Zealand immigration could be used.

Gill Absolon, co-ordinator of the Mature Employment Support Agency told the Manawatu Standard employers are taking on older workers "begrudgingly" but there had been a change in the way they are viewed: "First of all, they get interviews. Certainly, people do find work. When I look around town, I'm pleased to see employers now have a more mixed-age staff."

The news may give hope to older people looking to New Zealand immigration for a change of scenery. New Zealand online visa assessments are available for people to check their suitability. It was also recently revealed that the country is suffering a shortage of bricklayers.

New Zealand needs skilled migrants: Anyone applying for a New Zealand visa should begin by taking the New Zealand Visa Bureau's online New Zealand visa assessment to see if they meet the basic legislative requirements.

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