There is already a shortage of trade workers, and the demand for trades labour will continue to grow. Half the working age population is female, but only one percent of plumbers, electricians and carpenters/ joiners are women. It makes good business sense to think about how to attract women to your jobs. This handbook gives good practical advice to employers on how to attract women, and how to find women for their trade jobs.
We provide advice on increasing the opportunities for women to contribute to the workforce to the full extent of their skills and abilities.
Safety for women
We advise government agencies on how to ensure policies recognise the impacts of violence against women in New Zealand and work towards greater safety in the future.
Women in leadership
We have developed specialist expertise in the area of women in leadership, including a nominations service for women on state sector boards and committees.
The latest Household Labour Force Survey (September 2014) shows the employment growth is being led by women. Comparing the year to 30 September 2014 with the year before, 83 percent of the employment growth can be attributed to women. There are 33,000 more women employed now than in September 2013. Women’s unemployment has decreased and more women are entering the labour market.