Staff shortage solutions scare

Landscapers and plant producers wanting to expand their businesses are frustrated with the difficulty in finding employees as a shortage of migrants collides with a dearth of apprentices

After 2020’s lockdown ended, construction and house sales boomed – as did demand for builders, tradespeople and landscaping staff.

Inspired by what he described as “record difficulties sourcing staff” for NZ businesses, economist Tony Alexander conducted a survey in late June in which he gathered feedback from more than 1,000 respondents about recruitment and retention challenges. One landscaping business told Alexander that, desperate to retain his hard-to-replace staff, he has had to fork out for perks such as coffee, snacks, after-work beers and an all-expenses paid trip to Fieldays. “I’m paying the unskilled guys more than they are worth, but I need them,” the landscaper said.

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