November 18, 2010

Dine with Peter Gordon at Top 200 awards

Guests at this year’s Deloitte/Management magazine Top 200 awards will be treated to a dinner menu from the restaurant of New Zealand’s top international celebrity chef, Peter Gordon. The awards at Auckland’s SkyCity on 2 December will include a menu designed by dine by Peter Gordon, the famous chef’s award-winning restaurant in the SkyCity Grand Hotel.

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Majority of managers get a pay rise

Pay rates dropped in 2010 for a quarter of 215 job types surveyed in the just released Employers National Wage and Salary Survey. Unskilled jobs have been most affected by the tough economic conditions says David Lowe, employment services manager for the Employers and Manufacturers Association which undertakes the survey. Unskilled job positions averaged a 0.1 percent pay decline, semi-skilled pay rates improved a little and rates for skilled and management pay increased the most by an average of 1.7 percent.

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Modest employment growth predicted

The Department of Labour’s latest Leading Indicator of Employment (LIoE) is forecasting some encouraging, albeit relatively modest, employment growth over the coming quarters. The indicator is forecasting employment will grow between 0.5 percent and one percent per quarter over the next three quarters.

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The Last Word: Caterpillar’s Jim Owens

“I think the business community just has to get more engaged in helping educate the public,” says Jim Owens, one of the USA’s most influential business leaders, whose 38-year tenure with Caterpillar, most recently as chairman and before that CEO, ended last month. He reflects on an unconventional career path, organisational change and how and where to stay competitive over the long term.

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