The IT job market may be recovering, if comments by recruiters on early new year trade are anything to go by.
Spherion Recruitment country manager Brian Powell says Wellington is “rebounding”, its office there having its best January in the past three years.
Powell says a survey of IT&T employers it conducted late last year reflects and underlying optimism. “The response was generally positive regarding 2002 with a number of new projects and initiatives set to come online in 2002.”
Spherion, meanwhile, reports increases in contracting requests while permanent IT needs remain “steady”. Auckland manager of TMP Worldwide, Neville Andrews, calls the market reasonable, saying there is more interest in various sectors, more contracting and the level of enquiry is better than at the end of last year.
Sally Breed of IT@Work says since the Christmas holidays her company has been “extremely busy”. Interest come from those seeking personnel for new projects, those looking to move on in the new year and from people looking to relocate to New Zealand, she says.
Protocol Personell director Megan Fletcher says early new year business is up on the end of 2001, but trade was three times greater last January, when she had four consultants instead of two today.
“American corporates are not hiring at all due to global factors but local or Asia Pacific-owned businesses seem to be hiring as usual,” says Fletcher.
Some newcomers also claim to be doing well. Sarah Lee, co-director of recently-formed IT Maniacs, says initial business is “extremely busy”.