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New Zealand – Randstad – older and younger workers challenged and underemployed

28 June 2013

In Randstad’s latest Workmonitor report, New Zealanders under the age of 25 or over the age of 55 reported difficulties in finding work. 86% responded that it was hard for older workers to find a suitable job, with 80% forced to take a job below their education level. 65% of respondents said that it was difficult for younger workers to find work. 73% of young people often had to accept jobs below their level of education.

“The recent data has shown some worrying trends for New Zealand employers. Ensuring New Zealand remains an attractive option for the best young and mature aged talent is going to be of paramount importance for employers,” said Paul Robinson, Director of Randstad New Zealand. 

Compared with respondents from other nations in the Workmonitor  survey, only 23% New Zealanders feel that temporary employment is more appropriate for younger people, rather than more mature workers. 80% of respondents agreed that temporary employment can be a stepping stone to a permanent job. Almost

Remuneration standards in New Zealand remain high, however, as only one quarter of respondents were willing to lower their salary in exchange for securing a job.

Paul Robinson added, “We’re entering an interesting phase, whereby there will be four generations in the workforce at one time and it is important for companies to ensure they’re attractive to arrange of age groups through a diverse recruitment strategy.” 


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