Kirk Hope: We are competing with many other countries for skilled migrant workers.

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Newstalk ZB,
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Tue, 20 Apr 2021, 3:49PM
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Kirk Hope: We are competing with many other countries for skilled migrant workers.

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 20 Apr 2021, 3:49PM

The Government should commission a major review of migration policy to ensure New Zealand employers have access to skilled workers while reducing the inflow of low skilled and temporary migrant workers, a new report by the Productivity Commission says.

The Commission says the Government needs to work with sectors which currently depend on seasonal workers to transition away from that reliance.

It notes New Zealand has had the highest number of temporary work permits issued in the OECD, per head of population.

Business NZ CEO Kirk Hope joined Phil Gifford and Tyler Adam to give his thoughts.

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