Tradies going south
Dunedin businesses are reaping the rewards of the Christchurch rebuild, hiring skilled tradespeople and tempting them south, according to the Otago Daily Times.
Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie said some Otago firms had stopped advertising vacancies, but relocations from Christchurch had helped.
He told the Otago Daily Times: ''The electrical and plumbing industries are looking for key staff and are recruiting out of Christchurch to get good people relocated down here. In some cases, they are successful.''
''We know the Dunedin City Council cannot get enough resource consent staff. This bodes well for people looking for work but you don't always find a ready fit for a job when you are looking for work.''
He said the slow pace of the Christchurch rebuild was frustrating for some looking for work now.
He told the Otago Daily Times that Otago firms had enough work going they did not need to take on work in Christchurch, preferring to attract talented tradies for work closer to home.
Christie said some people could be moving south for a fresh start, meaning more construction.