IT recruiters are split over the use of a new trade body.
Twenty New Zealand IT recruiters are to join the IT Consultants and Recruitment Association as foundation members.
But others are sticking with its existing rival, the New Zealand Recruitment and Consultants Association (RCSA).
Agencies claim the new organisation, which will have close links with a sister body in Australia, will improve services and professionalism.
"ITCRA New Zealand will directly and powerfully impact the industry culture in which they work by raising the professional standards of those recruitment agencies they use and making their commercial practices more efficient," says ITCRA (Australia) executive director Norman Lacy. "It won't happen immediately or quickl, but it will over time change the IT recruitment paradigm as it is already beginning to in Australia," Lacy says.
Candle IT & T recruitment chief Mike Hogg says members of the new body will be subjected to a code of ethics and practice standards. There may even be an ombudsman and arbitration processes set up, like in Australia.
While others have said the existing local body "lacks teeth", Brian O'Brien of Enterprise Consulting Group is staying put. "We are a members of the RCSA, we feel that it is a highly regarded professional body that controls the members with teeth. It is highly effective for that. We haven't seen any burning need to join another recruitment body at this point," he says.
ITCRA New Zealand stages its first meeting in Auckland on March 20. Last month, agencies from boths sides of the Tasman met in Wellington to inaugurate the new body.
Twenty New Zealand firms will be approached to become foundation members. They are Aacorn International, Absolute IT, Candle, De Winter International, Diversity (formerly Anderson Contracting), Duncan Ryan, Icon, IDPE Consulting, IT Futures, IT Placements, Morgan Banks Technology, People Search, Recruitment Knowledge, Resolve Recruitement, Robert Walters, Sabre Systems, Sapphire and Wilson White (now Spherion).
People Net and Consultants Exchange will be invited to become affiliate members.
An interim committee to guide the association was formed with Graeme Bilby (Wilson White), Glenn Bratton (Robert Walters), Harry Hall (Lacey Lee), Mike Hogg (Candle), Kevin Kelly (Icon), Margaret Kennedy (Sapphire) and David Newick (IT Futures). Others will be co-opted when needed.
Morgan banks Technology managing director and ITCRA board member John Rawlinson says the New Zealand recruitment industry is keen to get started immediately.
ITCRA New Zealand will operate as a subsidiary association of its Australian equivalent, with a few local changes. An ITCRA mission statement, objectives and code of conduct would be adopted by the New Zealanders, though membership, accounting and banking would be separate.
Industry forums and professional development programmes for recruiters would initially be run in Wellington and Auckland.