National Survey of Employers
MBIE’s annual National Survey of Employers (NSE) collects data on workplace practices in New Zealand businesses within the context of current employment-focused legislation. The survey monitors employer practices and views on workplace relations and employment standards, health and safety, and employing recent migrants. The results provide an evidence base for developing and evaluating policies and programmes.
Some questions in the NSE remain consistent from year to year, or are asked every few years, so that we can monitor changes over time in workplace practices. Other questions are added as needed to address MBIE’s current and future focused work priorities. To date the survey to date has included questions on the following topics:
- job vacancies and skill shortages
- the use of trial periods
- the use of employment agreements
- the use of ‘non-standard’ employment arrangements
- awareness and impacts of changes to employment law
- managing parental leave
- flexible working arrangements
- employment relationship problems and disputes
- accessing information on employment rights and obligations
- the use of minimum wage rates and the effect of minimum wage increases
- health and safety leadership, decision making and advice
- workplace health and safety systems and practices
- employers’ perspectives on workplace health and safety
- employing migrants, and migrant staff performance and retention
- the perceived usefulness of Immigration New Zealand’s services.
The 2016/17 NSE was conducted between November 2016 and May 2017 – 1,878 New Zealand employers responded to the survey.
For the 2015/16 NSE 1,528 New Zealand employers were interviewed between September 2015 and March 2016.
For the 2014/15 NSE, 1,485 New Zealand employers were interviewed between September 2014 and February 2015.
For the 2013/14 NSE, 1,043 New Zealand employers were interviewed between November 2013 and March 2014.
For the 2012/13 NSE, 1,529 New Zealand employers were interviewed between October 2012 and March 2013.