10 Jan 2013

Basic work ethic missing in job seekers - employers

10:08 am on 10 January 2013

Employers looking to fill low-skilled job vacancies in Christchurch say applicants are either far too qualified or have a bad attitude.

The hospitality industry, especially, has noticed dramatic changes in the attitudes of job seekers and immigration support services say visa requirements mean many skilled construction workers are being overlooked for appropriate positions.

Meshino cafe supervisor Laura Whiting said she is noticing a lack of basic work ethic in young staff.

Canterbury Business Association director Taz Mukorombindo said the immigrants he sees often have years experience in their trade, but are neither registered nor qualified by a New Zealand trade body so they are overlooked.