NZ finance companies optimistic in face of global financial crisis

New Zealand finance and accounting companies are less concerned about the effects of the current financial crisis than are their overseas counterparts.

According to a recent survey by Robert Half only a third of New Zealand finance and accounting professionals are concerned about their jobs compared to over 60% in the UK.

This is being cited as a considerable drawcard for people who have been working abroad, and New Zealand employers are feeling the effects with severe skill shortages in the sector being alleviated by returning expats.

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Skilled migrant category EOI selection

The Skilled Migrant Category offers you the opportunity to move to New Zealand to live and work permanently. If you qualify for enough points under the Skilled Migrant Category, you can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).

The latest selection took place on 17 December and a total of 739 EOIs were selected. 438 of these had a points total of 140 or more. View the full results here.

July changes to the SMC mean that you can gain extra credit for work experience and New Zealand qualifications.

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More Accolades for NZ in Top Country Listing

New Zealand has found itself at the top of a variety of categories in a recent survey conducted to find the most popular country in the world.

Futurebrand’s Country Brand Index (CBI) 2008 interviewed 2700 people from around the globe to determine the top country in around 30 different categories and New Zealand topped the ‘natural beauty’, ‘authenticity’, ‘desire to visit/visit again’ and ‘friendly locals’ categories.

Rina Plapler, from CBI, said, “New Zealand appears dedicated to maintaining its true and unique essence – highlighting nature, culture and its people… High mountain country, remote beaches, endless green bushlands, lakes of rare beauty and sparkling clear rivers – New Zealand’s scenery is diverse and breathtaking.”

New Zealand also took second place as the country most people would like to live in if they were to emigrate from their homeland. Australia came in at the top.

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New Zealand Saluted By Lonely Planet in Top Ten List

There are many ways for a country to be recognised globally, but few have as much kudos as being listed in the Lonely Planet’s Top Ten Best Countries.

Lonely Planet create detailed guide books of countries, targeted at independent travellers, some of whom refer to their copy of their Lonely Planet Guide as their ‘bible’.

This year New Zealand makes it into the Top Ten based on the country’s commitment to sustainable tourism and its jaw-dropping scenery and Queenstown, Auckland, Cape Reinga, Lake Taupo, Rotorua and Queen Charlotte Sound were hailed as ‘must see’ destinations.  NZ’s wine, adrenaline sports and whales were also feted.

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NZ Schools Recruiting Overseas

Such is the shortage of teachers in New Zealand – particularly in science and technology – that schools are personally recruiting overseas. 

Rangitoto College head, David Hodge, recently told the Herald newspaper in NZ that he had just completed a whistle stop tour of Britain, interviewing 26 potential candidates.  The school had repeatedly advertised for local staff but on more than one occasion had no responses at all.

This is a situation echoed by the 2008 New Zealand Teachers Association, who reported that three quarters of advertised teaching jobs get only one application.

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Opportunities NZ Expo Coming Up In UK!

If you are in the UK, looking for a way to find out about life in New Zealand and to investigate available work opportunities there without the inconvenience of travelling to the other end of the planet, fear not!  The Opportunities NZ Expo is bringing it all to you!

In Leeds over the 11th and 12th of October and in London over the 18th and 19th of October, the Opportunities NZ Expo brings together many of premier employers and recruitment consultants.   These companies will be offering jobs to suitable skilled people right there at the expo!

The event will also be attended by relocation companies, banks and real estate companies.  Every base covered for you to fully explore the possibilities of your emigration to New Zealand.  There will even be representatives of the New Zealand government present to answer all you immigration questions.

OK, so you have two weeks to sort your CV and get your tickets to the Opportunities NZ Expo.  What are you waiting for?

Small Expo Highlights National Hunt for Social Workers

To celebrate NZ’s National Social Workers Day yesterday, a group of Southland social workers promoted their industry with a small expo at the Invercargill Library, but the event signals a much larger National issue.

Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers Southland president Rose Henderson, who was attending the expo, suggested that New Zealand would be have around 1000 unfilled social work vacancies by 2011 if there was no significant change. 

“It is apparent that we are facing a workforce crisis that requires careful management,” she said.

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