30 Mar 2015

Business briefs

1:58 pm on 30 March 2015

A round-up from Radio New Zealand's business reporters - Public sector performance to be discussed, Chinese business leaders visit Wellington, Job confidence picks up

Public sector performance to be discussed

Performance in the public sector will be the moot for a seminar in Wellington next month.

It is being organised by Victoria University's Centre for Labour, Employment and Work.

The university said senior executives, employment relations practitioners and researchers will discuss tactics for improving performance and the role of leadership.

Chinese business leaders visit Wellington

A delegation of Chineses business leaders is in Wellington today from Shenzhen looking to establish links with Wellington businesses.

Shenzhen is China's largest port city and a leading developer in a number of industries.

Wellington businesses will have an opportunity to meet with the group this afternoon, to discuss opportunities in such areas as technology, banking and investment, as well as real estate, property development, yachting and boat-building.

Job confidence picks up

Confidence in the jobs market is picking up.

The Westpac McDermott Miller employment confidence index has risen two points to 108.5 in the first three months of this year, after falling five points in the previous quarter.

A reading over 100 indicates there were more optimists than pessimists.

Senior economist at Westpac Satish Ranchhod said he expected confidence in the jobs market to keep building over the rest of the year.

He said confidence had risen the most in rural areas reflecting the slight recovery in dairy prices.