Lots of the work visas approved in the last five years were for occupations starting with C. There were quite a few carpenters, as one might expect, but when three of the top four categories are chef, cook, and café and restaurant manager it doesn’t have the ring of a strategy well implemented to enhance productivity and the earnings prospects of New Zealanders. I was also struck by the number of commercial cleaners, commercial housekeepers, and community workers. And I mentioned the 250 or so checkout operators yesterday.
A skills-based economic lever to lift productivity and living standards for New Zealanders? Really…….