Kiwis head for streets of gold

Kiwis are heading to the gold-paved streets of London. But it is an ongoing recriprocal arrangement rather than an exodus, says Auckland career consultants OCG.

Kiwis are heading to the gold-paved streets of London. But it is an ongoing recriprocal arrangement rather than an exodus, says Auckland career consultants OCG.

OCG, formed out of Opal's executive recruitment arm, recently held two seminars in Auckland about working in London. The event, held in conjunction with UK recruitment agency Martin Ward Anderson, attracting 120 people overall, mostly from IT.

OCG's Tracey Sharpe says her company is already helping people move to Britain following its last seminar in April. Many candidates had UK citizenship or patriarchy, or were able to get sponsorship, work permits or working holiday visas.

England, she says, is crying out for telecomms managers, telecomms product marketers, Java programmers, ASP developers, e-commerce technical architects, WAP programmers, online and market editing and content managers and e-commerce project managers. These positions can be permanent or on contract.

The Martinwardanderson.com Web site says Java developers with six months' experience earn £40 to £70 an hour, HTML/DHTML/Javascript/ VBScript Web developers earn £30 to £50 an hour, PC developers in C++/NT earn £35 to £50 an hour and e-business project managers and consultants earn £500 to £800 a day. "These key skills are really at the forefront of the IT market in the UK," says Sharpe.

She denies the company is helping fuel a skills exodus, saying Kiwis have always travelled and it is a two-way relationship. Both firms are helping Kiwis looking at returning home, as well as attract Britons looking at working in New Zealand. "It's a recriprocal arrangement. People are going to go way and do their OE. We may as well assist them and introduce them to [Martin Ward Anderson] ....and look after them when it's time for them to return home," Sharpe says.

Recruitment fees for London placements are paid for by the client company that eventually employs the Kiwi job-seeker.

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