18 Aug 2010

Samoa's biggest private sector employer increases staff

5:24 pm on 18 August 2010

Samoa's biggest private sector employer, the automotive parts manufacturer, Yazaki Samoa, is hiring more workers with the management saying the company's now gone through its worst period.

A slight increase in demand from Australia for the car wire harnesses the company assembles is responsible for the extra jobs.

The number of Yazaki workers had grown to two thousand but falling orders and the global financial crisis saw them drop to about 600 two years ago.

The general manager, Funefea'i Oliva Va'ai, says his company saw the crisis approach and reacted by letting workers go before it hit them.

He says the workforce is now stable at about 900 employees and 50 applicants were interviewed this week as part of a hiring programme to cater for the increased demand.