The government's online job site won't launch this month as planned and may not even make its new November launch date.
Announced in May as part of the government's Skills Information Access Plan, the website was to launch this month. However Jill Bowman, spokeswoman for the labour market policy group that is implementing the plan, says a number of factors have meant the site isn't ready to go live.
A decision on the technology to be used has not been made and Bowman says delays to the government's central portal mean the timing of the employment site launch needs to be assessed.
"The launch now is early November but that's also going to depend on the government portal. There's been no final decision on the relationship between the launches."
Bowman says the steering committee overseeing the portal's development felt a delay would mean the final product would be of a better standard.
The site and its service is budgeted to cost $2.82 million a year for the next four years. Minister of Social Services and Employment Steve Maharey said in May it would provide "seamless access to labour market information from a single website, eliminating the need to visit multiple websites or click through layers of links.
"The portal will provide a shopping mall offering everything you want to know about the New Zealand labour market -- jobs, careers, training, migration, volunteering, self-employment, employer and employee rights and obligations, and forms of assistance available -- whether the information is from the public or the private sector.”