Hudson seeks and tracks skilled ICT staff

The recruitment firm, which is exhibiting at CeBIT, has developed a system to keep tabs on the whereabouts of desirable candidates

Recruitment consultancy Hudson is launching a campaign in Europe with the primary purpose of attracting ICT professionals to New Zealand.

Hudson New Zealand is at CeBIT, the world’s largest IT and telecommunications trade fair, taking place in Hanover, Germany, this week. It was selected to attend CeBIT by New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, which is also at the fair.

Hudson will be looking for a range of skills in Europe, Campbell Hepburn, national practice leader for Hudson IT&T, told Computerworld the day before he left for Germany. The company will be recruiting for roles such as senior IT and telecommunications project manager; systems analyst; senior business analyst; test analyst; database administrator with Oracle, Sybase and SQL Server skills; .Net developer; J2EE developer; software and infrastructure architect; certified systems engineer; security engineer; ERP specialist with SAP, Oracle and Peoplesoft skills; business intelligence specialist and VoIP and networking engineers, says Hepburn.

“Our thoughts are that 10 to 20 people [could be ready to move to New Zealand] in the immediate term,” he says.

Within a year, close to 100 skilled workers could relocate to New Zealand as a result of the campaign, he says.

Hudson has also developed a tracking system to be able to keep in touch with talented people who have expressed an interest in coming to work in New Zealand, says Hepburn. This could include ICT workers who want to come in a couple of years, or people interested in coming to New Zealand to do contract work at some stage, he says.

The system could be very useful to Hudson, given that ICT workers are so mobile nowadays, Hepburn says. A .Net developer may be working on a project in Birmingham, for example, and then move on to work in Malmö in Sweden, he says. Hudson can now track where these skilled people are going and keep in touch with them, he says.

Also as part of the campaign, Hudson will work with its UK office to run seminars in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow, promoting the New Zealand ICT sector and recruiting for specific vacancies, as well as the skill shortage list in general, says Hepburn.

“We are giving presentations on the [New Zealand] market, the employers, and really trying to give people a sense of what it is like [to live and work here],” he says.

Immigration NZ will also be presenting at the seminars.

Hepburn is expecting a couple of hundred UK ICT professionals to participate in the seminars.

Hudson New Zealand’s targeting of the British ICT candidate market has parallels with efforts by other local recruitment firms; for example, absoluteIT opened an office in London recently and took part in the Opportunities New Zealand Expo in the UK in October, selling New Zealand to British tech workers.

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