2014... "the year NZ business needed" as ICT hiring rises

“They’re feeling more assured about the business environment going into the 2015 year and are now are beginning to demonstrate optimism in their hiring decisions.”

Hiring in Information, Communication & Technology remains strong across New Zealand with 37.8% of employers looking to increase permanent headcount and one in three (33.3%) hiring managers intending to increase contract headcount in their ICT teams.

The latest Hudson Report: Employment Trends released today reports that in ICT, the top three contract roles in demand include business analysts, project coordinators and those roles related to project infrastructure – system engineers, system administrators and technical analysts.

Overall, contractor hiring expectations continue to rise, up 2.1pp to 24.5%, and Hudson expects to see this trend continue as skills shortages increase overtime and employers struggle to fill gaps left by candidate movement and internal promotions.

“Business analysts are constantly in demand as organisations seek to better understand their customers so that they can deliver a better experience,” says Roman Rogers, Executive General Manager, Hudson New Zealand.

“Project work is also driving demand for contract resource, with administrative resource being required to get projects up and running quickly and efficiently.”

The findings show that nearly two-thirds (62.4%) of Kiwi employers intend to keep headcount steady this quarter, with Rodgers claiming “2014 has been the year that New Zealand business needed.”

In quarter four, positive hiring intentions dipped 1 percentage point (pp) to 30.8%, the same level as early 2014.

Intentions to keep headcount steady have risen 2.1pp in 2014, demonstrating a stable hiring outlook that has been a feature of this year’s business environment.

“Confidence levels have stabilised and employers are pleased to have had a year of consistent performance,” Rodgers adds. “They’re feeling more assured about the business environment going into the 2015 year and are now are beginning to demonstrate optimism in their hiring decisions.”

“The unemployment rate has continued to fall, and that backs up the ‘steady as she goes’, consistent but cautious approach to hiring we’ve seen, as organisations have slowly but surely added headcount quarter on quarter, in order to meet productivity goals and chase targets.”

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