Employment and Skills

employment and skills

We all know that education increases employment opportunities and helps to build a productive skills base to drive economic growth. But is investment in education all about economic growth, what about other outcomes?

At BERL we know that having the appropriate skills, education and training ensures that when opportunities arise, people are able to take advantage of them. Moreover, a highly skilled workforce is more resilient to change, and has the ability to successful transition between jobs and careers as the labour market and employment conditions change. However, through our research we are also aware that people chose to study for a variety of personal reasons as well as to increase their earning potential, or improve their current and future job and career prospects.

At BERL we can help you to address questions such as what qualifications do people have in our area? Where do people work and in what jobs are they employed in? How do we know that the labour market is working efficiently and that people and their skills are being matched to employers?

Our team are skilled at working with employers, business associations and professional bodies. We can provide economic analysis, data and information, and commentary that are targeted to meet your needs and that of your intended audience.

If you wish to find out more, we are more than happy to talk to you.

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Plunging unemployment rate – who has benefitted?

Sunday November 11, 2018 Mark Cox
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The latest results from the Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) indicate that the total number of people employed in New Zealand increased by 74,000, or 2.8%, between September 2017 and September 2018.  This looks a very good result, although the increase should be compared to an increase of 102,000 in the year to September 2017, and an increase of 143,000 in the year to September 2016.

Fascinating facts in dusty old tomes

Thursday August 23, 2018 Mark Cox
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Now that virtually all the data and information we need can be sourced online, most of us at BERL hardly use books for our work. But the recent refurbishment of the BERL offices highlighted the fact that we still have a treasure trove of printed works in our possession. Many of our books were disposed of, or stored away, but some of the more attractive and interesting volumes have been kept on display.

Labour market trends – don’t worry (yet)

Tuesday July 31, 2018
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Recent business surveys in New Zealand have pointed to a significant decline in confidence. For example, the results from the ANZ Business Outlook showed that the proportion of respondents expecting an improvement in general business conditions in the year ahead dropped to a net negative 45% in July 2018, compared to a net positive 20% a year earlier.

ACC is a national treasure

Tuesday July 24, 2018 Merewyn Groom
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A few weeks ago I came off my mountain bike. I was having a brilliant afternoon with a couple of good friends. Winter riding is slipping in the mud, flying through lush native forest and encouraging each other down technical descents. “Nek minute” my bike was gone from underneath me, I flew through the air and landed on my shoulder, crunch.

Why has unemployment hardly changed, when employment has jumped?

Monday February 13, 2017 Mark Cox

According to Statistics New Zealand’s Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS), the number of people in New Zealand who are employed has increased by 278,000 during the past five years (December 2011 to December 2016).  But, curiously, during the same period, the number of people who are unemployed has decreased by only 5,000.  This article briefly examines why such a large increase in the former has been matched by such a small decrease in the latter.

Knocking off early

Thursday May 19, 2016 Mark Cox

Mr Cox a senior economist at Business and Economic Research Ltd (Berl) thinks some things need to change, but that the labour market will find its own way forward and people would reject Mr Bregman's vision as a bridge too far.

Job market growing steadily

Thursday May 05, 2016 Julian Williams

Compared to the same quarter a year earlier, total employment in New Zealand in the March 2016 quarter was 48,100, or 2.0% higher. However, the pattern of change, according to industry and occupation, was very mixed1.

The fizz has gone out of job market

Thursday February 18, 2016 Kel Sanderson

Employment annual growth has fallen from the dizzy heights of 60,000 to 80,000 per annum we had in 2013 and 2014. The last two quarters’ data sees employment growth flattening at about 33,000 per year.

Labour market results for the September quarter are expected to be mixed

Friday November 01, 2013 Shaun Twaddle

We started the second half of 2013 with the economy appearing to have some momentum behind it. Since then however, consumer and business confidence has dipped a little. Nevertheless, overall conditions remain positive. Despite these positive noises, the labour market conditions remain somewhat erratic and September quarter labour market results, released on 6 November, are unlikely to be as positive as many are hoping.

Unemployment drops as people give up

Monday February 18, 2013 Kel Sanderson

The unemployment in December quarter was 160,000, which is 10,000 less than it was in September quarter. The reason it dropped is because the number who gave up looking for a job increased by 21,000 people.

Bleak jobless numbers call for change of course

Thursday November 08, 2012 Dr Ganesh Nana

Despite our forecast being almost spot on, it gives us not pleasure whatsoever to see the official unemployment rate rise to 7.3%. Actual official unemployment totalled 170,000 in September, up from 151,200 this time last year.

Anaemic economy: 173,000 to Oz in four years not enough!

Friday August 10, 2012 Kel Sanderson

Employment growth continues to fall. It dropped from 43,000 a year ago to just 12,000 in the 12 months to June 2012. That 12,000 increase is nowhere near enough to employ the increase in the number of people who want to work. Even this meagre employment increase could well become negative in the next six months if the trend over the last year continues.