Economic Weekly: Labour market tight in Omicron midst

  • The ANZ business confidence report had a mixed batch of April confidence readings
  • Business sentiment remains gloomy as headline confidence fell slightly from March’s already-supressed level
  • But a sprinkling of mildly encouraging signs was enough to keep our forecasts in play for low-but-ok GDP growth, and a slow easing in headline inflation from the likely H1 2022 peak

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Mark Smith

Senior Economist

Mark joined ASB in 2017, with over 20 years of public and private sector experience working as an economist in New Zealand and the UK.

His resume includes lengthy stints at ANZ and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and he has also worked at the Bank of England, HM Treasury and the New Zealand Transport Agency. Mark's areas of specialisation include interest rate strategy, macro-economic analysis and urban economics.

Born and bred in the Waikato, Mark studied at Waikato University where he graduated with a Master of Social Sciences, majoring in Economics.

Mark's key strengths are the ability to use his extensive experience, inquisitive nature, analytical ability, creativity and pragmatism to dig a little deeper and to deliver common sense solutions to tackle complex problems.

When not at work Mark likes to travel, keep fit and spend time with his friends and family.