The latest results from the Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) indicate that the total number of people employed in New Zealand increased by 74,000, or 2.8%, between September 2017 and September 2018. This looks a very good result, although the increase should be compared to an increase of 102,000 in the year to September 2017, and an increase of 143,000 in the year to September 2016.
We all know that education increases employment opportunities and helps to build a productive skills base to drive economic growth. But is investment in education all about economic growth, what about other outcomes?
At BERL we know that having the appropriate skills, education and training ensures that when opportunities arise, people are able to take advantage of them. Moreover, a highly skilled workforce is more resilient to change, and has the ability to successful transition between jobs and careers as the labour market and employment conditions change. However, through our research we are also aware that people chose to study for a variety of personal reasons as well as to increase their earning potential, or improve their current and future job and career prospects.
At BERL we can help you to address questions such as what qualifications do people have in our area? Where do people work and in what jobs are they employed in? How do we know that the labour market is working efficiently and that people and their skills are being matched to employers?
Our team are skilled at working with employers, business associations and professional bodies. We can provide economic analysis, data and information, and commentary that are targeted to meet your needs and that of your intended audience.
If you wish to find out more, we are more than happy to talk to you.