More education and training please

Paul Robinson, New Zealand general manager of Randstad, specialist global recruitment and human resources services company, says these results highlight significant need for employers to up-skill staff in order to help them manage the increasingly demanding nature of their jobs and ensure employee retention. “The fact that almost half of New Zealand respondents feel their organisation doesn’t meet their training and development needs is concerning,” he says.

“Professional development is becoming increasingly important for improving the competency and effectiveness of employees, as well as helping them keep on top of the latest industry advancements. Good development programmes also help employers attract and keep the best talent in business.”

The quarterly Randstad Workmonitor report tracks employee confidence and trends relating to the employment market in 28 countries around the world. Randstad is Fortune 500 Company and one of the world’s largest recruitment & HR services organisations.

Results from the latest survey have also found that more than half the New Zealand respondents (58%) indicated that the requirements of their job had increased over the past 12 months without additional benefits being offered to compensate. Interestingly, few New Zealanders feel that these requirements are beyond their abilities (13%), compared to 26 percent of Australians.

In terms of job satisfaction, the New Zealand figure remained stable at 68 percent (compared to 67 percent last quarter). Across the Tasman, job satisfaction in the second quarter fell from 78 percent to match the New Zealand figure.

Despite this Kiwis are twice as likely as their Australian counterparts to leave the country and work overseas, according to the survey. huge 74 per cent of New Zealand respondents felt that they were likely to pursue career abroad, compared with much smaller 37 per cent of Australian respondents.

“However, with market confidence growing and the Rugby World Cup and election both looming, we’d hope to see curbing of the trend for staff intending to work abroad over the next few quarters,” says Robinson.

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