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A Changing Landscape: Recruitment Challenges Following the Canterbury Earthquakes
July, 2012
This is the second report from the Canterbury Employers Survey run by the Department of Labour in October 2011. It focuses on employers’ perceptions of recruitment and skills issues and looks at how they have responded to the initial challenges of recruitment following the earthquakes. Robert Haig
A Changing Landscape: The impact of the Earthquakes on Christchurch workplaces
December, 2011
This report outlines the initial key findings from the Canterbury Employers Survey about the impacts on employers and their workers in the greater Christchurch region from the year of earthquakes that began in September 2010. The survey covers a sample of all worksites employing more than one employee. Robert Haig
A focus on employment retention
January, 2002
A meta-analysis of three pilot programmes designed to support benefit recipients to take up and retain employment. Nan Wehipeihana and Rebekah Pratt
A Polarisation into Work-rich and Work-poor Households in New Zealand? Trends from 1986 to 2000
January, 2001
Analysis of labour market shifts based only on individuals disguises important aspects of employment change. Published in the Department of Labour Occasional Paper series as 2001/3. Paul Callister
A report card on the New Zealand labour market
February, 2003
This paper looks at a range of indicators of labour market performance over the last three economic cycles. David Grimmond
A Summary of the Results of a Survey of Unemployed Workers in the Auckland Eastern Suburbs Travel To Work Area
January, 1999
This article considers the attitudes of a small sample of unemployed people towards the characteristics of potential jobs, how they search for jobs, and which of their own attributes they perceive may be relevant to getting a job. Published in the Labour Market Bulletin, Issue 1998: 1&2. James Stewart
A synthesis of foundation learning evaluation and research in New Zealand since 2003
July, 2007
This synthesis provides an overview of research and evaluation information drawn from all recent New Zealand adult literacy, language and numeracy (LLN) initiatives. The report was commissioned by the Department of Labour to inform the Upskilling Partnership project, which is researching approaches to engage employers in workplace literacy, language and numeracy programmes, to help raise their productivity. John Benseman and Alison Sutton
Aftermath - How the Lives of Fifteen Ordinary New Zealanders have been affected by Workplace Injury and Illness
January, 2002
A booklet that presents, in a shortened form, the case histories featured in the "Aftermath - The Social and Economic Consequences of Workplace Injury and Illness" study and concentrates on the human and personal dimension, omitting the detailed social and economic analyses of the full report. Richard Whatman, Mary Adams, Jo Burton, Frances Butcher, Sue Graham, Andrew McLeod, Rashmi Rajan, Margaret Bridge, Dr Roberta Hill and Roopali Johri
Aftermath - The Social and Economic Consequences of Workplace Injury and Illness
January, 2002
To explore the wider costs for society, the Social and Economic Consequences of Workplace Injury and Illness Study aimed to gain an understanding of the full range of consequences of workplace illness and injury. Richard Whatman, Mary Adams, Jo Burton, Frances Butcher, Sue Graham, Andrew McLeod, Rashmi Rajan, Margaret Bridge and Centre for Research on Work, Education & Business
Ageing New Zealand: The growing reliance on migrant caregivers
July, 2009
New Zealand’s population is rapidly ageing. It is estimated that in 2031 those 65 and older will represent 35 percent of the population aged 15-64. It is highly unlikely that the local supply will be sufficient to meet this demand. Therefore immigration of low-skill workers needs to be considered as a part of the measures needed to alleviate the future pressures on the demand for paid caregivers for the elderly. Juthika Badkar, Paul Callister and Robert Didham
Ageing Workforces and Ageing Occupations: A Discussion Paper
February, 2007
The discussion paper on ageing workforces and ageing occupations identifies emerging issues on research and policy in relation to ageing workforces and ageing occupations. Fiona Alpass and Ruth Mortimer
An analysis of disparity between Pacific and non-Pacific peoples’ labour market outcomes in the Household Labour Force Survey
March, 2002
This research note looks at how the employment rate gap between Pacific peoples and the rest of the population has changed over time, and examines the sources of the gap. Published in the Labour Market Bulletin, Issue 2000-2. Simon Chapple and Janet Humphris
An analysis of occupational trends in New Zealand, 1991-2001
November, 2002
This research examines changes in employment by occupation as measured by the 1991, 1996 and 2001 censuses. Department of Labour
An analysis of teenage employment by firms: 1999/00 – 2006/07
September, 2008
Dean Hyslop, David Maré, Steven Stillman and Jason Timmins
An Evaluation of Health and Safety Management Practices in the Hairdressing Industry
August, 2007
Hairdressing poses significant risks of musculoskeletal disorders and dermatitis for Hairdressers. The causes of this are largely known; however, ways to prevent this harm exist but are not so well known. By making changes in work techniques and practices and adopting an ethos of “We Care” for our members, the industry can largely eliminate, for new entrants, and reduce for existing hairdressers, this risk. Simmers and Associates Limited
An overview of New Zealand and international research on the future of work.
October, 2002
This paper identifies and provides an overview of important future of work research topics and lists important recent New Zealand research on these subjects. The paper includes sections on the changing economy, the changing workplace, the changing workforce, work-life balance, and skills, education and training. Department of Labour
An ''''unlucky generation'''' ? The wages of supermarket workers post-ECA
January, 2000
Models of wage bargaining and the effect of negotiating at different levels of centralisation are used to interpret changes in the wage outcomes of supermarket checkout operators from 1987 to 1997. Published in the Labour Market Bulletin, Issue 1999. Peter Conway
Annotated Bibliography of New Zealand Literature on Migrant and Refugee Youth
September, 2007
This annotated bibliography was commissioned by the Department of Labour to provide a comprehensive account of the current evidence on settlement and social inclusion for migrant and refugee young people in New Zealand. A key aim of the bibliography is the identification of evidence relating to factors that facilitate or act as barriers to the successful settlement and inclusion of these young people. Jane Higgins
Annual in depth Regional Labour Market Reports
January, 2008
Produced in 2008 and 2009, these reports are a set of regional labour market reports with a specific focus on Youth. Department of Labour
Aspirations of rurally disadvantaged Maori youth for their transition from secondary school to further education or training and work
September, 2004
This research project involved a case study of one community to investigate the aspirations towards education, training programmes, paid work and career amongst rural Maori youth. Sally Steedman
Astronaut Families and Cosmonaut Couples
August, 2000
The objectives of this study were to determine the frequency and character of astronaut and cosmonaut migration to New Zealand. “Astronauts” are migrants who spend significant periods in their country of origin working or doing business while leaving their family in New Zealand. “Cosmonauts” are childless migrants who exhibit similar behaviour. Department of Labour
Attitudes towards Immigrants and Immigrant Experiences: Predictive models based on regional characteristics
January, 2011
This report examines how the attitudes of New Zealanders towards migrants vary across territorial authorities as a function of migrant density and unemployment rates. It also examines how migrant experiences of discrimination vary across territorial authorities as a function of attitudes towards immigrants, immigrant density, and unemployment rates. Colleen Ward, Anne-Marie Masgoret and Melanie Vauclair