Stephen Town had been on personal leave from his job which pays up to $13,000 a week.
More women are entering full-time employment.
"I'm ready to move on."
Workers are in hot demand so now's the perfect time to ask for a pay rise.
National's policy plans to get young people off the Jobseeker benefit.
The employee said she had to be the sober driver for an MP.
"After paying out bills and stuff, I live with nothing, or sometimes only $50."
"This is an uncomfortable and difficult judgement to make."
Week-long absences due to sickness has become the norm over the past few months amid the Omicron outbreak.
The number of work-ready people on jobseeker support to the end of June was 100,086.
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"That is SO GROSS."
Meanwhile, Opposition MPs say the data confirms a "grim reality" for New Zealand.
The industry is scrambling to find enough staff.
The health sector has faced enormous amount of pressure on its workforce recently.
A Wellington hospitality venue owner expects foreign workers to arrive in strong numbers as summer approaches.
"What a great opportunity to bring employers and candidates together face-to-face to see if we can help make a match and turbo-charge recruitment."
It comes after a review of the hiring process identified faults.
Paul Yurisich resigned following an investigation into the media company's recruitment processes.
"I hope you need the money more than I do. I hope you get home safe and you feel guilty."