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Tourism sector seeks workers as summer seasons begins

Skyline Rotorua is hiring food and beverage staff and luge maintenance staff. Photo / Supplied

The amount of job advertisements is ramping up in the Bay of Plenty because the hospitality and tourism sector prepares for the busy summer ahead.

Latest data from Jobs Online, issued by the Ministry of Business, Employment and innovation, measured changes in online job ads.

The latest monthly report showed the quantity of jobs advertised in the Bay of Plenty rose 16 % from September 2017 to September 2018, 2 up.2 % from the sooner quarter.

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Over, the tourism and hospitality, healthcare and medical, and sales industries were the primary contributors to the increase.

Skyline Rotorua recruiting manager Alison Kirkland said the business was hiring food and beverage attendants for the busy season ahead and would turn to hire extra luge cart maintenance staff in the coming weeks.

Between 80 and 100 extra staff were hired each year through the peak summer period to maintain with the influx of extra visitors.

Kirkland said it had been getting tougher to employ staff because fewer individuals were searching for jobs and there is greater competition for hospitality staff in Rotorua.

Kirkland said there have been a lot of opportunities at Skyline Rotorua, which attracted many students, some who returned during university and school holidays.

“People enjoy working here, it is a fun environment and individuals are lovely,” she said.

Luge supervisor Connor Hignett have been in the role since July and said he loved dealing with the fantastic team.

Hignett began working at the attraction in 2016 as students in the meals and beverage department before heading overseas, this year returning.

“It is a real family and I reach do something differently each day,” he said.

“The view isn’t bad either.”

Talent ID director Kellie Hamlett said it had been a natural season to see increases in job advertisements.

“It is the season hospitality and tourism is actually ramping up and searching for extra staff.”

Hamlett said Talent ID had seen increases in an easy selection of sectors, that could be right down to people needing more staff but additionally down to the abilities shortage the united states was experiencing.

“It is a tiny catch 22, we have been experiencing an enormous skills shortage in New Zealand so companies are experiencing to market more roles.”

Rotorua Chamber of Commerce acting leader Bryce Heard said things were “humming along nicely” for Rotorua.

He said the info was in keeping with this time around of year as businesses looked forward to the peak season.

“It’s very good news, may it last long.”

Job statistics on employment site yudu.co.nz show the Bay of Plenty have been a frequent performer with regards to jobs growth in the last couple of months.

Yudu spokeswoman Kirsty Cardy said job numbers reflect economic activity in your community.

“With trades and services jobs dominating as a result of construction boom, and a great number of jobs obtainable in the shipping industry relatively, because of the port,” she said.

Cardy said an ageing population was among the drivers behind rising amounts of health worker roles in every regions, even though dominance of district health boards being an employer can skew the statistics.

– Rotorua Daily Post