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Better deal for Canterbury students with SJS

2 August 2005

Better deal for Canterbury students with SJS

Student employees in the Canterbury region are earning more, staying longer in jobs and enjoying greater success at finding work according to figures released today by Student Job Search (SJS).

“The 2004/05 figures show that Canterbury students are enjoying more money in their pockets and finding quality, well-paying, duration jobs through our organisation,” says SJS regional manager, Lupe Leota.

Over the past year, students in the Canterbury region earned a total of $17,088,000. This is a 6.4 percent increase on the total dollars earned in 2003/04.

SJS Canterbury placed 10,669 students into employment. The average hourly wage for those students increased 5.2 percent to $12.04.

Nationwide, students earned an average hourly wage of $11.85 and a total of $77,171,000 during 2004/05. This is equivalent to more than $1,350 per student.

In addition to wage increases, the number of students being placed into duration jobs in Canterbury is pleasing. In total, 1220 students engaged in long-term employment through SJS.

“Securing a good job while studying greatly improves students’ employment prospects when they graduate, particularly when they can demonstrate they have been applying their talents in a relevant role already,” Ms Leota says.

“Through SJS, students can apply for jobs that are designed expressly for their skills and talents in a particular field of study.

“Employers know they will be hiring someone talented, while students are gaining invaluable work experience and reducing the burden of debt,” says Ms Leota.

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