If there’s a buyer’s market in IT recruitment in Wellington, it’s unlikely to last.
The relative abundance of skilled personnel wanting work, fuelled in part by Fonterra’s IT relocation and a few ex-Telecom staff in the market, are part of a regular rhythm of demand and scarcity, say some employers and recruiters.
“These things go in cycles and there will be a time when it isn’t,” says Department of Conservation CIO Channa Jayasinha.
DoC has several projects on the go using the .Net development framework and in the past six months has hired a dozen people for their .Net skills, he says.
Jayasinha, who attended IDC’s Directions conference in Auckland earlier this month, says DoC is bucking the trend identified by IDC of IT shops scaling back inhouse development.
“We’re working on asset management systems and systems to put hunting permits online, for example.”
Pest management, an audio-visual database and monitoring of lahars, or mud flows, on Mt Ruapehu are also based on .Net, the mud flows being tracked by sensor and the data sent by microwave link to Tokaanu then via frame relay to Wellington, where it is converted to graphical form and accessed from DoC’s extranet.
DoC has also hired a couple of ex-Telecom staff, in the engineering field, Jayasinha says.
The director of recruitment agency Absolute IT, Grant Burley, says Wellington employers “aren’t spoiled for choice, but the calibre of candidates is better than it has been in previous years.
“There are a good number of Fonterra people who don’t want to move and that’s added to the choice employers have.”
However, this time of year always sees a rise in the Wellington scene, he says, as budgetary approval and funding comes through for government projects.
“We do direct recruitment to government departments and their vendors. You always see buoyancy at this time.”