Digital transformation driving IT skills demand

New Zealand’s technology market continues to be driven by digital transformation, cloud based services, cyber security and data projects

Recruitment and contracting consultancy Emergent has opened a new branch in Auckland focussed on digital and technology skills, saying it is seeing increased demand from “well-established corporates grappling with digital disruption,” and from “start-ups and small businesses [having] an increasing demand for digital talent to accelerate growth and speed to market.”

Emergent’s move follows its acquistion in May of IT recruitment specialist, Arc Recruitment and co-incides with release by recruitment consultancy Hays of its latest Quarterly Report covering July to September 2017.

Emergent said well-established corporates were grappling with digital disruption and needed to move faster and reduce cost to serve and reach new customers through digital platforms in order to stay competitive. “Simultaneously, start-ups and small businesses have an increasing demand for digital talent to accelerate growth and speed to market,” it said.

Meanwhile, Hayes says New Zealand’s technology market continues to be driven by digital transformation, cloud based services, cyber security and data projects.

“Many organisations are seeking to capture and utilise the large quantities of data that is readily available to them given the right systems and tools,” Hayes said. “There’s emphasis on accessibility, allowing users to obtain access from anywhere as well as ensuring their experience is positively reinforced.

“In addition, refactoring existing systems and applications to ensure continued support and moving organisations forward with technological advances also drive vacancy activity. Another trend is the focus on recruiting candidates with sound business acumen rather than purely technical capability. The driving factor is to acquire developers that understand business objectives and therefore develop the most appropriate solutions.”

Hays identifies the IT skills ‘hotspots’ as being “Senior IT professionals such as JavaScript developers who have the ability to build light weight single page applications using contemporary technologies such as NodeJS, React and Angular,” and “cloud specialists … as organisations adopt the cloud to reduce initial infrastructure costs and move to a pay as you go model.”

 

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