News & Views August 2013

Posted in IT News , IT Recruitment , Recruit IT News on August 6, 2013

Hi everyone

We trust that our newly structured annual market newsletter finds you well.

In this newsletter:

Market Update

Well, what a mixed bag it has been up and down the country. The pendulum swings for both Permanent and Contract candidates.  Here’s what’s happening…

Market Overview and Trends – Wellington

The Wellington market has continued to show a strong demand for IT professionals with many candidates reporting multiple offers across Permanent and Contract.

Recent restructuring across the Government, Telco and Banking Sectors have released a number of skilled professionals into the Wellington market thus increasing competition for vacant positions.

There are a number of large scale projects planned over the next couple of years in the Government sector which will, over time, soak up any surplus skill sets and ensure the IT market in Wellington remains buoyant.

There has been a strong demand for contracting over the last 6 months though there has been a recent focus on Permanent roles.  Interestingly we have noticed the re-emergence of the Fixed Term contract particularly from the Government Sector.

Salary expectations in the Permanent space continue to be high as employers are motivated to retain skilled professional.  We have seen a 5 to 10 % shift upwards in contract rates particularly in hard to find skills in development and analysis.

Key points

  • Restructuring across the Government Sector is starting to bed down and we should expect to see more project work come on stream.
  • Demand continues to be high in Software Development both Permanent and Contract.  Demand for Java skills are expected to increase.
  • Business Analysis continues to be strong and steady.
  • Recent demand for Project Management has been slow but this is expected to change during August.
  • Permanent employees are being valued and many candidates are only passively looking.
  • There is an emerging call for UX/IX skills, Application and Front End Developers as Government and other sectors commit to investing in trends of increasing mobile usage.


Market Overview and Trends – Auckland

The last 5 months have seen quite a bit of change in the Auckland market and employment trends.  More organisations are restructuring to ensure they are more competitive and to cut unnecessary costs. This has resulted in the overall job market becoming stagnant. Hiring managers have been reluctant to make hiring decisions which has resulted in a longer recruitment lifecycle for candidates. However, the Auckland IT market still remains competitive and top talent continues to be in demand across the industry.

Overall salary expectations remain unchanged, with organisations looking at other ways to compete for employees. This includes; extra annual leave, flexible working hours, training and development, cash loyalty programmes, share options, remote work, insurance / health-care benefits, car park, and car / car allowances.

Key points:

  • The recruitment lifecycle has increased over the last few months due to restructures; this has resulted in a slightly unsettled market in Auckland.
  • However top talent is still very much in demand including; Enterprise Sales, Software Development (.Net and Java), Business Analysis, Testing (Strong automation focus), and Application Support specialists.
  • Middle management (IT) has been in the spotlight lately and has been the focus of cost saving initiatives with a number of organisations. This has resulted in large pools of candidates available across the middle management space.
  • The need for permanent IT project management skills are on the rise again after a subdued 6 months
  • The majority of organisations are expecting to hire IT staff throughout the remainder of the year.
  • Contract resources are still in demand but with organisations focused on cost savings the need for permanent resources is a strong preference.

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Wrap Up

Well that’s it from us for another year.  Thank you for choosing Recruit IT and all the best for the remainder of 2013.

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