Small Medium Enterprises hold off on hiring new staff

The increasing pace of recovery and strong business confidence is not likely to translate into a significant number of new jobs in the SME sector this year, a new study shows. But more businesses are planning to keep the staff they've got. The proportion of small-to-medium enterprise (SME) employers intending to take on new staff in the year to February 2014 is just 8 per cent, according to an analysis of employment intentions by business services firm MYOB. A recent ANZ [...]

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NZ employers feeling more optimistic

New Zealand employers are significantly more optimistic than they were this time last year, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook quarterly survey of hiring intentions. The poll of 650 New Zealand employers shows 29 per cent expect to increase hiring in the fourth quarter of 2011, up from 26 per cent in the last three months. The number of employers planning to decrease hiring is at 6 per cent, down from 9 per cent in the third quarter. [...]

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