Exporters are feeling confident and many are hoping to hire more staff over the next 12 months.
Export New Zealand has released its annual survey of its members.
Most expect increasing profitability and rising orders in the next year.
But nearly half say red tape and tariffs are adding to their costs.
Fifty-four percent expect to hire more staff, 38.5 percent say they will employ the same number of staff and 6.8 percent say they'll reduce staff numbers.
The survey has been released a day after a Westpac McDermott Miller survey found employment confidence has fallen to a three year low, with many people expecting modest pay increases. Some are worried about their job prospects too.
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