Skills shortage remains an issue for many ICT employers

Despite the recession putting more candidates into the IT recruitment scene, hiring issues continue to plague many IT companies, a joint survey by NZICT and the Ministry of Economic Development has found.

The survey consists of responses to an online questionnaire that closed in late September, plus responses to an earlier survey of members and potential members of NZICT. The online questionnaire yielded 101 responses, with 77 completed questionnaires. It was compiled by Chirs Mitchell of the Axcel Institute.

In total, 83 percent of respondents said that recruitment difficulties have had either a major or medium impact on their business. However, only 18 companies responded to the question about whether such difficulties were being experienced.

Another framing of the question, asking whether respondents had experienced difficulty recruiting for technical roles in the past six months, showed that 39 respondents said yes, and 51 said no. For companies with more than 100 staff, nearly half the responses yielded an affirmative result, with 12 respondents saying yes and 13 saying no.

One respondent made this comment in relation to extra candidates being on the market due to the recession: “More applicants now than last year where four to five might apply for a position, now 60 apply, but this does not mean that there are people of quality applying.”

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