New Zealand Budget Summary, 2024-25

Plenty of winners but some losers in ‘back to basics’ Budget.

Key points

  • Unemployment to peak at 5.3%
  • Economy to contract in 2024 before strengthening in 2025
  • Apprentice Boost eligibility narrowed
  • Skills programs cut, infrastructure boosted

The first Budget of Finance Minister Nicola Willis has foreshadowed a period of severely constrained economic activity and higher unemployment.

The outlook suggests there will be difficult times ahead for the rest of 2024, before conditions gradually improve over 2025 and beyond.

The focus on achieving Budget savings has seen cuts to skills and training programs that were introduced by the former government.

Funds are going into areas such as transport, infrastructure and tax cuts, where it is intended that spending will boost economic activity.

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New Zealand Budget Summary, 2024-25

Unless stated otherwise, information was sourced from the Budget 2024 documents, ministerial statements, media releases and portfolio papers: budget.govt.nz/

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Navigating through the market: Key Indicators for Job Seekers and Businesses

In the complex world of business, staying informed about key economic indicators is crucial for both job seekers and businesses.

Whether you’re searching for a job or managing a company, understanding these indicators can guide your decisions and strategies effectively.

Below, we will simplify these economic signals to help you understand their impact on job markets and industries. Plus, we’ll provide practical tips on how to use this information to your advantage:

Unemployment Rate

As of early 2024, the unemployment rate has declined to 4.7% – suggesting a tightening job market with increased competition for available positions (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2024). This is a critical indicator for the overall job market.

Actionable Advice

A low unemployment rate doesn’t guarantee instant success in finding a job, but it does indicate a favourable environment. Use this time to refine your skills, network actively and pursue opportunities that align with your career goals. For businesses, a low unemployment rate can signal a competitive hiring landscape. To attract top talent, focus on offering attractive compensation packages, fostering a positive company culture and investing in employee development programs.

GDP Growth

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) measures the economic activity within a country, reflecting the condition of the economy. The GDP growth rate recently reported a robust increase of 3.2% for the fiscal year 2024, indicating a vibrant economy (World Bank, 2024).

Actionable Advice

Job Seekers should pay attention to GDP growth trends to identify industries and regions experiencing an economic boost. Consider targeting your job search in sectors that are expected for growth and investment.

Businesses should use GDP growth data to plan strategic decisions about expansion, hiring and investment. A robust GDP growth rate may present opportunities to scale your business and capitalise on emerging markets.

Wage Growth

Wage growth indicates the increase in average wages of labour and its demand. Recent trends show a 5.3% increase in average wages across sectors in 2024, suggesting tightening labour conditions and a competitive job market (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2024).

Actionable Advice

Job Seekers can focus on negotiating for competitive salaries based on market trends. Invest in skills development to enhance your value in the job market. Consider industries or roles experiencing higher wage growth for better earning potential.

Businesses must stay competitive by offering competitive wages and benefits packages to attract and retain top talent. Monitoring wage growth trends to anticipate changes in labour market dynamics can help in adjusting recruitment and retention strategies accordingly. Invest in employee training and development to ensure workforce productivity and satisfaction, contributing to long-term growth and success.

Conclusion

Navigating the economic indicators is important for informed decision-making in your career or business. By understanding and interpreting these signals, you can strategically position yourself to take advantage of the dynamic job market and economic conditions.

Remember, in the vast expanse of economic seas, knowledge is your compass, and foresight your guiding star. Arm yourself with insights, adapt to changing tides and chart a course towards success in the world of work and commerce.

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Federal Reserve Economic Data, World Bank

Navigating Your Career Path with PERSOLKELLY’s 2023-24 Salary Guide

In an era defined by economic shifts and global uncertainties, job seekers are faced with unique challenges.

The PERSOLKELLY 2023-24 Economic and Employment Key Insights and Salary Guide is your job-seeking compass, guiding you through the intricate maze of career choices and salary landscapes.

Here are seven ways this comprehensive guide can be your ultimate tool for making informed decisions and securing the right job in a rapidly evolving employment market:

1. Navigating the economic waves

  • Understand the impact of inflation and geopolitical instability on job markets globally.
  • Gain insights into how these factors influence salary trends across industries, helping you align your expectations with the current economic climate.

2. Decoding the Australian and New Zealand job markets

  • Explore the economic slowdown in Australia and New Zealand, and its direct impact on job opportunities.
  • Leverage information on changing government policies to identify sectors with burgeoning job prospects.

3. Tailoring your job search strategy

  • Uncover the challenges organisations face in talent acquisition and position yourself as the solution.
  • Use our Salary Guide to align your skills with industry needs, making your job search more targeted and effective.

4. PERSOLKELLY’s 2023-24 Salary Guide: Your personalised resource

  • Discover how the guide compiles salary data from industry experts, offering a detailed breakdown across various sectors.
  • Access tips and tricks tailored for candidates, providing insider knowledge on securing the right job in a competitive market.

5. Industry insights for informed decision-making

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of salaries in your desired industry, enabling you to negotiate effectively during job offers.
  • Utilise real-time statistics to benchmark your salary expectations against industry standards, ensuring you receive fair compensation.

6. Your job search companion: Tips, blogs and stats

  • Explore the guide’s supplementary resources, including tips and tricks for acing interviews and standing out in the job market.
  • Stay informed through blogs and statistical insights, empowering you with the knowledge needed to navigate the evolving landscape of employment.

7. Building your future with PERSOLKELLY

  • Embrace the Salary Guide as more than just a tool – it’s your companion in making strategic career decisions.
  • Utilise the guide’s holistic approach to understanding salaries, industries and job market dynamics, ensuring you’re well-equipped to shape your professional future.

Embark on your job search journey armed with the insights and resources provided by PERSOLKELLY’s 2023-24 Salary Guide.

From decoding industry salaries to mastering the art of job interviews, this guide is your key to unlocking opportunities and navigating the evolving world of work with confidence.

Your next career move begins now – click here to download our 2023-24 Economic and Employment Key Insights and Salary Guide, or speak with one of our dedicated consultants to get the process rolling!

2022-23 PERSOLKELLY and Programmed’s Economic and Employment Key Insights and Salary Guide

Australia and New Zealand have made significant progress in their economic recoveries after a couple of years of disruption due to the pandemic and overseas turmoil.

Organisations of all types and sizes are dealing with a host of economic challenges following the setbacks and restrictions of COVID-19 and a fresh set of obstacles confront businesses in both countries.

Chief amongst these is the acute labour shortage that is compounding the difficulties for business managers in both retaining existing staff and developing the workforce capability for growth and expansion.

We are seeing historically low levels of unemployment in both countries. With immigration yet to return to pre-pandemic levels, the challenge of filling vacancies and acquiring skills is set to remain for some time.

The other big development is the outbreak of inflation and associated rising interest rates. As in other developed economies, both Australia and New Zealand are being forced to confront an economic phenomenon that has been largely dormant for close to 50 years and, once again, deal with the many challenges this brings for wages, interest rates and the cost of living.

Our 2022-23 PERSOLKELLY and Programmed Economic and Employment Key Insights and Salary Guide offers a wide-ranging analysis of both Australia and New Zealand’s economies, including at state, territory and region levels as well as a dive into the forces at play in each of the industry sectors in which we operate.

The Salary Guide compiles accurate information on wages and salaries from our experts in the field across key industry sectors. This comprehensive report has become a valued and indispensable tool for those wishing to understand the movement of wages and salaries across a range of occupations and positions in both Australia and New Zealand.

Below is a peek at some of the standout insights from the report.

Australia
After a lengthy COVID hibernation, Australia’s economy has bounced back strongly as consumers and businesses have regained their confidence.

  • 3.3% annual GDP growth
  • 3.9% record unemployment rate
  • 5.1% annual inflation rate, the highest in 20 years

Australian Capital Territory
Canberra’s economy has been resilient in the face of COVID lockdowns and looks likely to benefit from a change of national government.

New South Wales
The most populous state has bounced back from COVID faster than expected, and it has a vast pipeline of infrastructure work that will propel its fortunes.

Queensland
Turmoil on the international stage initially dealt a heavy blow to Queensland’s economy, but the tide has turned and the state is now reaping rewards.

South Australia
The state’s recovery has been quicker than forecast but there is work to do to rebuild confidence and create jobs.

Victoria
The state endured some of its darkest days during the pandemic as businesses shut and the population was locked down, but activity is now bouncing back.

Western Australia
The state incurred much flak for its rigid approach to border closures during the COVID pandemic, but it now has the results to show for it.

Northern Territory
The loss of international tourists during the pandemic hit the Territory especially hard but it has provided the chance to diversify and attract new industries.

Tasmania
The island state belies its size with an outperforming economy and a newfound appeal from those on the mainland attracted to its lifestyle.

New Zealand
As the country emerges from the COVID pandemic, it faces an outbreak of a different kind that has policymakers worried. After years of tepid price increases, inflation has broken out in New Zealand and prompted swift action to raise interest rates and curtail spending.

  • 6.9% inflation rate
  • 5.6% annual GDP growth
  • Jobless rate at near-record low

Auckland
New Zealand’s largest city was the epicentre of COVID-related lockdowns and saw its economic performance suffer as businesses closed their doors.

Christchurch
The city has been able to sidestep pandemic restrictions on business and fall back on its traditional mainstays to produce an outsized economic performance.

Wellington
The nation’s capital was insulated from the worst of the pandemic and has started to rebound. Wellington has weathered much of the country’s economic slowdown, largely as a result of a more resilient workforce that has not incurred the same setbacks as in other parts of New Zealand.

Click here to download the 2022-23 PERSOLKELLY and Programmed Economic and Employment Key Insights and Salary Guide today to find out more. Or talk to one of our consultants who can talk through how to use the guide to improve your attraction and retention strategies.