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Skills shortage persists yet diversity goes unaddressed

Paul Brislen, Editor. 21 September 2016, 8:24 am

Diversity in the workplace continues to be an unresolved problem with 40% of companies admitting they don't have a policy to address a lack of diversity among new hires.

That's according to a study which reviewed hiring practices as part of recruitment firm Hays' annual Salary Guide.

The Guide surveyed 419 organisations in New Zealand, representing 245,716 employees, for their views on salary policy, hiring intentions and recruitment trends and sadly diversity is still not being addressed on a consistent basis.

Hays New Zealand General Manager Jason Walker told CIO magazine, "Clearly we still need to have conversations around diversity - after all not only are we yet to achieve real workplace diversity but a significant number of employers either don't have a diversity policy in place for recruitment, or don't know if they have one."

"Despite all the talk, genuine workplace diversity won't be achieved if organisations can't even take the matter seriously enough to put a policy in place then educate hiring managers about it and its practical application".

The study also finds that the skills shortage is still of real concern.

Three-quarters of employers believe a skills shortage will impact their business or department in a minor (49%) or significant (25%) way and 76% would consider employing or sponsoring a qualified overseas candidate in skill-short areas, up from 70% last year.

As a result overtime was up significantly. Almost one third (29%) of employers increased overtime and extra hours over the last year.


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