The Government is planning a series of job fairs in Australia to recruit skilled expatriate New Zealanders.

Minister for Skills and Employment Steven Joyce said the fairs would be held in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to help employers find staff.

Mr Joyce said work would be offered in areas where there were skill shortages.

“We have some emerging skill shortages in the New Zealand economy and yes, we’re training lots of people in ICT and engineering, but actually some of these companies are very fast-growing and they need more opportunities,’ he said.

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Information technology professionals are in hot demand, with many New Zealand companies struggling to fill jobs.

Tech graduate Nick Johnstone’s focus for the past three months has been on creating computer games.

“It’s a training thing. Games have all the tricky bits you need to be a good developer,” says Mr Johnstone.

It’s a dream job, one of five he was offered after graduating. He says first timers can expect to earn about $50,000.

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Starting pay for new recruits has been rising strongly, according to the latest data on Scotland’s labour market.

It found that the numbers available for work had been falling while employers took on more staff.

The Bank of Scotland survey for September saw weaker growth than in the previous three months.

The number of vacancies grew, but at the slowest pace for 11 months.

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Billionaire Perth-based businessman Kerry Stokes says economic conditions in his home state are the worst in nearly 25 years.

Mr Stokes, who was speaking after the launch of his authorised biography attended by a who’s who of Perth business on Monday, also backed the controversial strategy by the world’s two biggest miners to ramp up iron ore production.

​Glencore, Fortescue Metals Group and West Australian premier Colin Barnett have blamed BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto ​for pushing down already weak iron ore prices by ​boosting production.​

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Targeted action to revitalise domestic supply chains could inject £30bn into the economy and create more than half a million jobs across the UK, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Its report ‘Pulling Together’, based on research conducted by global management consultancy firm AT Kearney, highlighted an underinvestment in research and development (R&D), a growing skills crisis and weakened foundation industries that are key to advanced manufacturing – such as plastics, metals and chemicals.

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NZ: Migration Boom Hits New High

The migration boom has hit a new high, with a net gain of 45,500 people in the September year, new figures show.

That largely reflects a 20-year low in the number of New Zealanders leaving for Australia, as the job market there becomes tougher and better on this side of the Tasman.

Economists say the annual migration total could rise even higher in coming months, with Westpac picking a peak of about 55,000 in the first half of next year.

The still-weak Australian job market was keeping more New Zealanders at home, with extremely low departures across the Tasman.

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The Queensland government says its privatisation plans will help address the state’s high unemployment but the opposition says it will only result in more job cuts.

Queensland’s job performance was ranked second worst, ahead of the ACT, in CommSec’s quarterly State of the States report.

The report, made public on Monday, shows the state’s jobless rate is sitting at 6.4 per cent, up almost 27 per cent on the decade-average rate.

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Consumer confidence is at its highest level for three years, according to a survey out today.

The latest Deloitte Consumer Tracker says overall confidence is two percentage points higher than a year ago and 14 points higher than when the Tracker began in 2011.

The biggest rise in positive sentiment was in household disposable income, which improved by seven points year-on-year. Spending on essential items declined for the third successive quarter, allowing consumers to switch more of their spending to discretionary items.

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NZ: Jobs Boom In Auckland

Auckland’s job market is booming thanks to a surge in construction work, according to new data from employment website seek.co.nz.

Auckland posted a 20 per cent increase in jobs listed on the site in September compared to the same time last year.

The Seek New Job Ad Index shows two consecutive months of growth across New Zealand in August and September with the most significant gains in the country’s.

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Britain is convulsed with anxiety about immigration, with claims of too many EU citizens coming here, the benefits system being abused and wages being forced down. An expert on immigration looks at the evidence

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