Wanted: rare African IT breed

Auckland recruiter David Palmer heads to Africa this week, but the big game he hopes to catch are rare IT workers.

Auckland recruiter David Palmer heads to Africa this week, but the big game he hopes to catch are rare IT workers.

Palmer’s agency, De Winter International, regularly stages recruitment fairs with a South Africa-based emigration consultant, advising people there of the opportunities of working in New Zealand.

South Africa, Palmer says, offers many IT skills that are rare or practically non-existent in New Zealand. These include Java team leaders, project managers with telecomms experience and others with experience of large infrastructure projects because South Africa has more larger companies than New Zealand.

South Africans, he says, are also highly regarded because they have the same “colonial culture” as New Zealand, high educational standards, similar values to Kiwis and speak English. “They adapt to New Zealand very quickly,” he says.

South Africa still retains qualified people as many received good offers to stay and help build the “new” South Africa. But these offers are now diminishing, so the outflow of skilled workers is continuing.

Over the next two weeks, Palmer will attend go to Cape Town and Johannesburgh for seminars, fairs and one-to-one sessions with potential clients.

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