MARKET REPORT: The rise of the casual worker in the wake of COVID-19

Sylvie Thrush Marsh, HR Advisor
By Sylvie Thrush Marsh, HR Advisor

A report on New Zealand employment trends from 1 March and 31 October 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.

The report covers:

  • The rise of casual work agreements
  • Sectors with notable increases in casual and fixed-term agreements
  • Increased termination of casual and fixed-term employees
  • Looking ahead to 2021

2020 has been anything but a typical year.

In the space of eight months, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has altered the local and global economy, with ongoing effects for the foreseeable future.

New Zealand has been spared the worst, pursuing a mostly successful COVID-19 elimination strategy accompanied by significant government investment.

However, there remains a lot of uncertainty for businesses in the wake of national and local lock-downs, with the possibility of further outbreaks and restrictions, extreme difficulties in sourcing overseas workers, the ongoing challenges faced by tourism and hospitality businesses, and the disruption to regular work patterns all having an effect.

This market report provides a snapshot of the employment landscape and the trends and changes we have seen this year when we compare it to 2019.