Chris Dickson, a pub owner in Queensland, New Zealand, worries that his workers are overworked. He already sent out applications for employment visas for foreign workers to solve the problem, but the applications are yet to receive approval. He also hasn't been given any explanation for the delay. His only option not may be to close for a day so his workers could rest. Net migration in New Zealand has taken a dive, and this is making the issue of labor shortage in New Zealand worse by the day. It has affected the country's economy so severely that the central bank in the country singled out the matter when for the first time since 2016, it cut interest rates. Businesses are no longer comfortable with the fact that work visas are becoming more tedious to obtain than it used to since the country's Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden was elected into office. Arden became Prime Minister in 2017 with promises of cutting down yearly migration into the country, in the tens of thousands and restricting foreigners who bought homes in the country. New Zealand, according to economists, is going through a time when the demand for foreign labor is only peculiar in a sector where locals do not desire the jobs. These sectors include agriculture and hospitality. There is also the case where the locals do not have the expertise to handle the jobs available, such as jobs in construction. The sad thing here is that hospitality, agriculture, and construction are the pillars that can hold and grow the country's economy. The government had revealed in December its plans to introduce stricter rules for obtaining temporary work visas so as to create more job opportunities for citizens of the country. Recently the government unveiled its plans to enhance vocational training in the country.
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