New Zealand bosses looking to Germany for staff

5th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

5 August 2005, WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand, which has a chronic shortage of skilled workers, is looking to Germany to fill the gap, a recruitment company announced Friday.

5 August 2005

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand, which has a chronic shortage of skilled workers, is looking to Germany to fill the gap, a recruitment company announced Friday.

Immigration Placement Services said a number of regional development organizations, recruitment companies and the Department of Labour's Immigration Service would launch a campaign in October for skilled migrants at an employment expo in Bonn and Potsdam.

A statement said Germany - which is struggling with economic restructuring, 5 million unemployed and high taxation - had a surplus of skilled labour, particularly in engineering, construction, industrial sectors and trades and could ease the chronic skill shortage affecting many sectors of the New Zealand economy.

The expo - to be held on October 10 in Bonn, Germany's former capital, and two days later in Potsdam, outside Berlin - is being organized by the Central Placement Office of the German Federal Employment Service.

Among New Zealanders planning to attend is Matt Jones, managing director of the recruitment company Canstaff, who said he had 90 vacancies in the construction, engineering and health-care sectors.

Ross Stanway - chief executive of Priority One, an economic development organization in the North Island's Bay of Plenty - said there were hundreds of vacancies in his region, where the growth potential of a significant number of 13,000 businesses was being stifled by a shortage of skilled workers.

New Zealand Immigration Service officials will also present information on work visas and permanent residence requirements, and seminars on specific industry vacancies will be held.

DPA

Subject: German news

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