10 Mar 2015

Slowdown in hiring expectations - survey

1:58 pm on 10 March 2015

A survey of New Zealand employers is pointing to a slowdown in the number of jobs on offer, as employers' hiring intentions ease.

The latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey of 660 businesses found a net 17 percent of employers expect to increase hiring in the June quarter, down from 27 percent who had expected to hire in the first three months of the year.

Despite the pull back, national manager of Manpower New Zealand, Neil Munro, said the survey still reflected continued growth in the economy.

The employment opportunities were strongest in Auckland and Christchurch, but relatively weak in Wellington, where activity fell to 7 percent from 21 percent in the first three months of the year.

The finance, insurance and real estate sectors had the strongest outlook, while mining and construction had fallen by 30 percentage points.