New Zealand: Jobs in Skill Shortage

Skill shortages happen when employers find it hard to get staff with the right skills for the job. Knowing which jobs are in skill shortage can help you choose the best job option or decide what subjects to study.

Reasons for skill shortages

Skill shortages can happen because:

  • there aren’t enough workers with the right skills available
  • turnover is high because workers are unhappy with pay or working conditions 
  • there is a general labour shortage, such as during low unemployment.

Skill shortages can change due to:

  • changes in technology or the economy
  • skilled workers moving to another country
  • an ageing workforce.

Immigration New Zealand’s skill shortage lists 

When jobs appear on Immigration New Zealand’s skill shortage lists, this means the Government is actively encouraging skilled workers from overseas to work in that role in New Zealand.

Find out what jobs are currently on Immigration New Zealand’s long-term, regional, and construction and infrastructure skill shortage lists within the following industries.

Generation Covid in Need of More Educational Support
October 30, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has reportedly had the biggest impact on young people, especially those from a deprived background, as their education and job prospects have been largely affected.

Under 25s have been named ‘Generation Covid’ due to cuts to their earnings, education and job prospects, leading to fears for the long-term impact on the futures.

BBC Panorama found that people aged 16-to-25 were more than twice as likely as older workers to have lost their job, while six in 10 saw their earnings fall.

Jonathan Smith, chief executive at logistics firm APC Overnight told HR magazine:

“Whilst this year has understandably proved challenging for many, it’s critical that wherever possible, businesses consider the longer-term opportunities they can make available.

“Recruiting young people is key not just to businesses, but also to communities; without employment opportunities the young can’t contribute to their local areas and are ultimately forced to go elsewhere for employment.

“This could create real problems for future recruitment and talent acquisition,” said Smith.

Panorama’s research also highlighted the impact that school closures have had on young people, and how students from poorer backgrounds have received far less education than those from more privileged families.

Analysis: The impact of Universal Credit in Wales
October 29, 2020
Analysis: The impact of Universal Credit in Wales by Policy in Practice

Just before the onset of COVID-19, Policy in Practice completed a major study of the impact of Universal Credit in Wales. Early in 2019, we were commissioned by the Welsh Government to look at how Universal Credit had affected the Welsh Council Tax Reduction Scheme. The Welsh Government also wanted to know if the introduction of Universal Credit had led to any changes in the level of rent and council tax arrears. 

Groundbreaking study

This study broke new ground for Policy in Practice: 

We made extensive use of administrative data from all 22 Welsh local authorities, tracking the benefit journeys of claimants in four waves over a period of 12 months, and matching with data on rent arrears and council tax arrears. It was the first time we have used data from so many authorities and housing associations in one national project. The matching and analysis were complex and very challenging, but well worth the effort.·       

We also ran two large-scale surveys to get a better understanding of the personal experiences of Universal Credit that are not evident from administrative data. We invited people to take part in the survey in several ways, one of which was via a link in our award-winning Benefit and Budgeting Calculator. Nearly 500 actual and potential benefit claimants completed the claimant survey, and nearly 500 stakeholders such as social and private landlords, local authority officials and third sector organisations completed the stakeholder survey.
Five findings from the 18 month data-led investigation into Universal Credit in Wales

There is a wealth of information in the two reports published by the Welsh Government, an interim report published in January 2020 and the final report published in July 2020. The key findings are:
1.     A generous Council Tax Reduction (CTR) Scheme pays off
2.     Universal Credit has resulted in some council tax and rent arrears
3.     Awareness of CTR, and take-up, are still too low
4.     The impact of Universal Credit on CTR can be mitigated by changes to the scheme
5.     More help should be given to those claiming Universal Credit
Further analysis commissioned to understand the impact of COVID-19

This research was carried out before the COVID-19 pandemic and so does not take account of the increase in Universal Credit claims that have resulted. We are delighted that the Welsh Government has now asked us to analyse the impact of the pandemic on CTR caseloads. We will look at the economic impact, demographic changes, and likely impact on future CTR caseloads and council tax collection rates.

Find out more

Pooling administrative data can help other areas plan for and track recovery from COVID-19. Policy in Practice has secured funding to help with this. Find out more here or contact us to discuss.·       

Published in January 2020, the interim report focuses on the impact of Universal Credit on the Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS) and possible amendments to the scheme. Download the interim report

Published in July 2020, the final report looks at the impact of Universal Credit on the Council Tax Reduction Scheme, council tax reduction awards, council tax arrears and rent arrears. It also considers the experience of Universal Credit claimants and stakeholders. Download the final report
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Want To Fail In Your Job? Here’s How!
October 29, 2020
How to fail gracefully

There are many ways to falter at work or in your job search, including taking setbacks personally, focusing on perfectionism and shunning advice from a friend or coworker.

“It’s important to have a mind of your own and march to your own drum, but don’t be a know-it-all,” writes workplace author Bryan Robinson. 

Full Story: Forbes

Low Pay Rises Forecast For 2021
October 28, 2020

Employers in the private sector are expected to increase pay by an average of just 1% in the year ahead as a result of COVID-19. 

Pay rises have been falling over the past 12 months, with average pay rise now worth 2.2% down from 2.5% this time last year, research from pay analysts XpertHR found. 

Most employers said they were likely to issue pay freezes, with nearly half (44.8%) of private companies saying they do not expect to increase staff wages.

Looking to 2021, XpertHR said that against the background of the coronavirus pandemic many employers in the private sector are “proceeding with caution”.

Sheila Attwood, XpertHR pay and benefits editor, said: “The devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic on company finances has seen the value of pay rises fall to the floor over the past few months. 

“Many employers are not optimistic that they will be in a position to award a pay rise in 2021, with a pay freeze easily the most expected outcome of any pay review next year.”

However, the research also showed that manufacturing and production employers are predicting higher pay rises than the private sector overall, at a median 1.5%

The research was based on the pay of 1,600 private organisations. Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that the number of redundancies in the UK had accelerated at the fastest pace since the financial crisis in 2007-2008.

Concerning Disability Unemployment Rate Needs Urgent Government Action
October 27, 2020

ViewPoint: By Emma Greedy, HR magazine

Thousands of disabled employees have lost their jobs in the past year due to coronavirus, leading to calls for immediate government intervention. 

According to the Office of National Statistics, since March 2020 670,000 people have lost their jobs and the number of welfare claimants has increased by 120%.

Disability charity Scope has warned that disability employment faces a ‘cliff edge’ due to the pandemic. 

Its latest research found 48% of unemployed disabled people are concerned about their employment prospects for the rest of 2020 and 36% are concerned about being made redundant.

The charity has seen referrals for its employment support programme Support to Work increase by 65% year-on-year in June. 

That figure then surged to 230% in September 2020.

As the national furlough scheme transitions to the Job Support Scheme (JSS) at the start of November, Scope has urged government not to forget disabled people.

James Taylor, executive director of strategy, impact and social change at Scope, also advised HR leaders to make sure their processes are accessible.

He told HR magazine: “We’d recommend measuring the number of disabled people employed and asking disabled employees’ opinion on how well the company is creating an inclusive workplace. And back that up with training for line managers to become confident about how to support disabled people.

“Most companies review what they do all the time. It’s about using some of these strategies and tactics to assess how they support disabled people, and then based on what they learn, create an action plan to become even better employers.”

Virgin Media has partnered with Scope to help more disabled people into work. Its chief operating officer Jeff Dodds said that the employer had taken a number of steps to transform the experience for disabled employees and customers, including having board-level accountability and updating HR policies.

Speaking to HR magazine, he added: “I have seen first-hand the benefits of employing disabled people, who bring diversity of thought, determination, and creativity to the workplace.

“I’d urge businesses to do all they can to support disabled people – particularly during this very challenging time. This includes joining our free #WorkWithMe programme which helps businesses become more inclusive employers of disabled people with information and practical advice on how to improve their workplace policies, practices and culture for disabled people.”

Scope’s research on disability unemployment was conducted through an online poll on YouGov with a total sample size 4,013 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 8 to 10 July 2020.

DWP Touchbase: 23rd October 2020
October 26, 2020
Roundup of recent DWP announcements  
 Financial support for businesses and workers increased 
This week the government announced changes to its winter support schemes to ensure livelihoods and jobs across the UK continue to be protected in the difficult months to come, supporting jobs and helping to contain the virus. In recognition of the challenging times ahead, the Chancellor said he would be increasing support through the existing Job Support and self-employed schemes, and expanding business grants to support companies in high-alert level areas. For further information, please visit GOV.UK.  
Universal Credit regulation change for customers who are paid monthly 
DWP has amended Universal Credit for those who are paid monthly by their employer, and occasionally receive two payments from their employer in one month. DWP staff now have the ability to reallocate a second monthly payment from a customer’s employer into a different assessment period. This means that if, for example, people are paid early by their employer due to their regular monthly pay date falling on a weekend or bank holiday they won’t have two wages allocated to one assessment period. This change will come into effect on 16 November.  
Cold Weather Payment 
The Cold Weather Payment scheme is available from 1 November until 31 March. It provides people on certain benefits £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather and is paid automatically. Claimants receiving a qualifying benefit can check if their postcode has been triggered for a paymentFind out more
Engaging Older Volunteers
October 23, 2020

This guide by the Centre for Ageing Better is designed as a practical tool to support organisations working with volunteers to engage over 50s and widen participation among different types of people.

Helping out

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted an outpouring of community spirit and volunteering, which has been critical to the local response. Many older people have made significant contributions to their communities during lockdown, with 30% of people aged 50 to 70 volunteering informally and 87% saying they wanted to continue.

However, others have been prevented from helping during this time and may now require support.

The five actions in this guide include approaches tested before lockdown and provide insights into how taking an age-friendly and inclusive approach prepared Ageing Better and DCMS’ five grant funded projects across England to respond to the pandemic and can support organisations to re-engage volunteers and widen participation among those aged 50 and over in future.

As we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, we hope these actions can help sustain and build on those efforts.

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ESFA Update: 21 October 2020

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.


ESFA Update further education: 21 October 2020

ESFA Update academies: 21 October 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 21 October 2020

Items for further education
Reminderapprenticeship service new employer agreement
Reminderfunding claims 2019 to 2020 – final claim
Remindersubmit your final 2019 to 2020 ILR
Informationredundant apprentices – statutory instrument
Informationupdated apprenticeship funding rules for 2020 to 2021
Informationadult education budget (AEB) delayed assessments
Informationversion 4, ESFA adult education budget (AEB) funding and performance management rules 2020 to 2021
Informationincentive for hiring a new apprentice – recap
Items for academies
Reminderfunding claims 2019 to 2020 – final claim
Informationcyber risk management webinar for RPA members
Informationteachers’ pay and teachers’ pension employer contribution grants for 2020 to 2021
Items for local authorities
Reminderlocal authorities to submit grant return and use of funds statement by 31 October 2020
Reminderfunding claims 2019 to 2020 – final claim
Informationcyber risk management webinar for RPA members
Informationteachers’ pay and teachers’ pension employer contribution grants for 2020 to 2021

Published 21 October 2020

Free webinar: How to Find the Right Debt Solution for Everyone
With guest speaker Gareth McNab, Nationwide Building Society 

Wednesday 11 November10:30 – 11:30

In today’s economic climate falling into debt is perilously easy, getting out is hard. Firms in the debt sector have adopted flexible and ethical collection practices to support families who are struggling, yet costs and the time taken to collect have increased.

Whether you’re a collection agency, utility company, advice organisation, local authority or housing provider, you’re on the frontline for helping people in debt.

You can boost the financial resilience of households by helping them to increase their income. In this way, you can increase collection rates and social impact, in the knowledge that you’re doing the right thing.

Join this webinar to hear:

How COVID-19 has already hit people’s incomes, and what’s in store
Who the newly vulnerable households are
How to reduce existing arrears and the chance of a customer falling into arrears
How to minimise the cost of debt collection
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