The Hudson Report found that an incredible 92.5 per cent of employers intend to hire more staff, or at least maintain the existing levels, over the next 12 months.
Broken down, the study showed that 29 per cent of employers plan to hire staff for the first half of 2016 – an increase of 10 percentage points from 2010.
Employers in the IT industry indicated the most interest in increasing staff with 40.7 per cent looking to increase or maintain permanent head count in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington.
The competitive job market gives confidence to employees with more and more expecting future pay rises and improving job prospects.
For employers who don’t want to be left behind, offering the right salary and a good work-life balance were top of the list for job hunters.
"There is an expectation that employers will open their wallets in 2016," Roman Rogers, executive general manager of Hudson New Zealand, told the New Zealand Herald.
Jan Jones, general manager of people support at Warehouse Stationery, told HRM that the company already has plans in place to help navigate the increasingly competitive market.
“Warehouse Stationery will be continuing to hire over the next year – although we do look to grow our talented team to move into new roles there will always be a need to bring in new people in a growing organisation,” she said.
“We have a dedicated internal recruitment team who are well versed in the nuances of the Warehouse Stationery culture and utilise a broad spectrum of employment branding attraction tools,” she added. “Organisational cultural fit is really important to us so the recruiters work to this match as a priority.”
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