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Overtime up in one third of New Zealand workplaces

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Updated: 26 Jul 2018

One-third (34 per cent) of organisations increased overtime over the past 12 months, up from 28 per cent one year prior, according to recruiting experts Hays.

Of these, 80 per cent increased overtime by up to 25 per cent. The remaining 20 per cent did so by between 25 and 50 per cent.

Of the 486 organisations surveyed in New Zealand, representing over 181,000 employees, as part of the annual Hays Salary Guide, just 6 per cent managed to reduce overtime over the past 12 months.

New Zealand’s labour market performed strongly over the past year, but a shortage of highly-skilled professionals drove up overtime in some organisations, with employers turning to their existing team to ensure workloads are completed,” says Jason Walker, Managing Director of Hays in New Zealand.

“Given labour and skills pressure, in many organisations there could be a good business case for adding addition headcount – either permanent or temporary – to get through peak periods and relieve pressure on existing staff,” he said.

According to the Hays Salary Guide, 77 per cent of employers in New Zealand say skill shortages are likely to impact the effective operation of their business or department in either a significant (33 per cent) or minor (44 per cent) way. Turnover has increased in 33 per cent of organisations and 69 per cent of employers would consider employing or sponsoring a qualified overseas candidate in skill-short areas.

Get your copy of the 2018-19 Hays Salary Guide by visiting www.hays.net.nz/salary or contacting your local Hays office.


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