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Shortage of builders prompts overseas search

2 July 2004

Shortage of builders prompts overseas search

A chronic shortage of skilled builders has prompted Tradestaff, a Christchurch recruitment company to search overseas for recruits.

Tradestaff’s Managing Director Kevin Eder says the company has put together a package that includes accommodation and an airfare refund for carpenters who come to New Zealand for more than three months.

Staff recruited from offshore would work four days on, three days off, giving them a chance to enjoy the recreational activities offered in Canterbury.

“Tradestaff plans to advertise in the UK and Australia and is also using the Internet to promote the campaign,” Mr Eder says.

“There is a shortage of qualified carpenters in Christchurch in particular at the moment. We can, through our national network, often bring carpenters from around the country – and we may well find some in this campaign.

“But at the moment, every area is busy and we have a particular need in Christchurch,” he says.

Experienced and skilled tradespeople are a real commodity in New Zealand at the moment, encouraged by a buoyant domestic economy. The demand has had the effect of pushing up pay rates, making the trades a more attractive option for many young people as they think of career options.

Tradestaff has been working to address the skills shortage for some time now. Its carpentry apprenticeship programme currently has 17 people enrolled in Christchurch.


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