Economic Weekly: Labour market to tighten even further

  • The ANZ NZ consumer and business surveys released last week for the month of July showed fractional improvement compared to June, albeit still at worrisome levels
  • The business survey, again, shed light on the extremely tight labour market being a major constraint to firms’ production
  • The upcoming labour market data this week will be one to watch for the RBNZ as it seeks clarity on whether inflationary pressures in the economy are starting to cool down

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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.