Green shoots emerge in IT recruitment market

Signs point to increased activity in fourth quarter and 2010.

Steve Martin, professional and technical director at Kelly Services, says signs of a recovery in employment in the short term are limited, but that “we’re beginning to see some emerging developments that may point to increased activity in the final quarter of this year, with stronger growth in 2010”. The developments are particularly evident in the telecommunications sector, Martin says, where “a growing number of projects have resulted in an increase in recruitment needs for a variety of roles, from helpdesk support to business analysts”.

Hiring practices have also changed as a result of the recession, he says.

“Organisations are appreciating the importance of carefully evaluating any new employee, to ensure they are making the right decision for their increased expenditure.

“Contract staff also appear to be increasingly attractive to companies, especially SMEs, due to the reduced risk and greater flexibility of hiring a contract employee.”

Kelly Services has noticed “a distinct geographical difference in the effects of the recession on the IT industry”, Martin says.

For example, while dropping about 20 percent from pre-recession levels, “recruitment in Christchurch has remained static in 2009 and overall, IT businesses in the region appear to have weathered the storm better than in other centres.”

The Auckland IT industry “has been hit particularly hard, while the number of IT employment opportunities in Wellington has also dropped considerably.”

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