Job candidates being snapped up – recruiter

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Skills in demand . . . Naylor Love Construction carpenter Shaun Taylor works at the construction site for new student accommodation at the Otago Polytechnic in Union St. PHOTO: JOSHUA RIDDIFORD

Employers need to act quickly to secure good candidates in the current Dunedin job market, a recruiter says.

“Many employers are missing out on good candidates because they are not acting quick enough to make an appointment, so the candidate accepts another role in the meantime, or the candidate is offered better money elsewhere,” Your People Recruitment chief executive Warwick McArthur said.

Naylor Love Construction Dunedin regional manager Ian McKie agreed with Mr McArthur that employers needed to act quickly to secure skilled staff in a buoyant job market.

There was good demand for good-quality, experienced, qualified people in the city, he said.

Demand for skilled workers continues to increase in Otago.

ANZ’s job ads data for the month of April reported a three-month average increase of 36.8% for Otago.

In Dunedin, Mr McArthur said Your People Recruitment had seen an increase of 35% across the board for technical construction roles including quantity surveyors, project managers, project co-ordinators and architectural designers.

Mr McKie said Naylor Love had been slowly increasing staff numbers in Dunedin for a few months.

While the market for skilled construction workers in the city was buoyant, the firm had not had difficulty filling technical construction roles.

Advertised roles were usually filled within two months, Mr McKie said.

There had been a lot of good inquiries from skilled workers around the country.

Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive Dougal McGowan said he was aware many good people and jobs were snapped up before they got to market but businesses still needed to follow good employment processes.

Part of the reason there remained skill shortages in the city was due to candidates not being work ready, he said.

Dunedin Community College, Otago Polytechnic and the Dunedin Training Centre were helping to address a shortage of apprentices in the city, he said.

Given the increased job opportunities available in the city, Mr McKie said Dunedin was not training enough skilled apprentices.