New Manpower chief promises changes

Recruiter Manpower's IT division may be rebranded as it looks at ways to expand, says new chief Martin Barry.

Recruiter Manpower’s IT division may be rebranded as it looks at ways to expand, says new chief Martin Barry.

Barry started as general manager of IT@Manpower on Monday to undertake a fundamental review of its IT operations.

The former general manager of Candle Australia and Candle New Zealand says this should mean changes for the division, which employs 12 to 15 in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, in place next year.

Barry has more than 15 years' experience in IT recruitment and has returned to Auckland from Australia “for lifestyle reasons”. He replaces Ross Jackson, who is understood to have returned to the supermarket industry.

“I have taken a [short-term] contract position to review the IT business [by the year-end]. Certainly Manpower is a very powerful brand worldwide [but] there is a strong brand, Elan, which is dominant throughout Europe,” Barry says.

Elan, a major European IT recruitment chain with a turnover exceeding $650 million, was bought by Manpower last January for $300 million and now operates as Manpower’s IT division.

Raising the prospect of such a rebranding here, Barry says “stranger things have happened”.

After just over a week back in New Zealand, he says our IT recruitment market seems healthier than Australia’s, other industries appear more confident and there is not much of a candidate shortage. But while Australia remains quiet, “they won’t be down for long”.

Barry was national manager for the Doughty Group, when it was taken over by Candle in 1997. He spent several years with Candle New Zealand before working for Candle New Zealand until a few months ago. He has also worked in recruitment in management recruitment across Australasia and the UK.

Manpower New Zealand has major clients including Westpac and Telecom. Formed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1948, the global firm does business of $US12.4 billion a year, employing 21,000 staff in 3700 offices in 59 countries.

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