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Sourced Quarterly Market Update - Spring 2018

12 Oct 18 by Michelle Bishop

Sourced Quarterly Market Update – Spring 2018


Welcome to Spring! It’s hard to believe we're entering the last three months of 2018 and are well and truly on the slippery slide to Christmas. We hope you're all enjoying the longer nights and warmer weather we’re experiencing on the other side of daylight savings. It has been a productive three months for us at Sourced, with plenty to report on in this end-of-quarter wrap up.

General Comments

The third quarter of the year started off on a slightly quieter note, which we were expecting given the sheer growth that our clients experienced over Q2. With so much permanent recruitment successfully packed into Q2, we always knew that Q3 would be slower to pick up pace and have really only seen the market starting to hit its straps again from early September. On the whole, permanent recruitment has continued to far outweigh contract, although contract has lifted as well.


We noted previously that right through 2017 and into early 2018, levels of staff retention had been very high, and we were largely reliant on candidates relocating to Christchurch from within the country and internationally to keep up with client demands. This trend has certainly shifted across both Q2 and Q3 of this year, with the number of candidates moving jobs within Christchurch now overshadowing those new to the market. In terms of what has been driving this internal movement, the most common motivators are still the same - more responsibility, more interesting projects, promotion and career advancement. With many employees having been in the same permanent role for 5+ years, this is a natural cycle, and decisions are being made on solid selection and motivation criteria. Salary is still not coming into the equation to a major extent for most candidates, other than the usual readjustment to market rates. We do expect levels of movement within the Christchurch tech sector to slow as we approach Christmas, and don’t anticipate them to rise again until early in the new year.

 

As we noted above, permanent recruitment has far outweighed contract recruitment across Q3, however, we have seen a slight uplift in the latter. This has been predominantly focused around high priority projects that need to quickly apply skilled resources, as well as short term pieces of work where there are insufficient internal resources for the requirements. We’ve seen a real increase in demand for a variety of contract skills, including Development, Testing, Database, Technical Writing and Business Analysis. However, the Project/Programme Management space remains very quiet as we've seen for most of this year.




Hot Jobs

Senior Role - Auckland| Sourced Christchurch IT Recruitment - Quarterly Market Update

Junior level

Developer in Test - We're looking for a keen up-and-coming Developer in Test/Test Automation Specialist to join this employer. You'll be adequately experienced and will thrive in an environment that embraces agile processes, test-driven development and continuous integration/deployment. Along with being highly motivated and keen to work as part of a self-managing scrum team, the ideal candidate is a results-driven quick learner who is confident, flexible and willing to challenge ideas. You'll have hands-on experience with Java, JS, SQL, HTML, CSS, Scala, Groovy, Python and enjoy a team that celebrates success every day!


Intermediate Role | Sourced Christchurch IT Recruitment - Quarterly Market Update

Intermediate level

Business Solutions Project Manager, Nurse Maude - We’re seeking to appoint a Business Solutions Project Manager to help achieve Nurse Maude’s strategic objectives by ensuring the effective utilisation of IT platforms (Dynamics 365 CRM, Office 365, Pay Global etc). The role will be key in promoting and supporting Nurse Maude’s digital transformation strategy which will ensure we continue to play a leading part in providing effective and efficient community-based care for New Zealanders.

Senior Role - Christchurch | Sourced Christchurch IT Recruitment - Quarterly Market Update

Senior level

Software Development Manager, Zeevo - Zeevo is a well-established market leader in custom web solutions and software for business, based in the heart of Christchurch’s Innovation Precinct. Working closely with business owners, internal development teams and other stakeholders, Zeevo recognises that projects thrive on positive, focused collaboration, both internally and externally. The company is on the lookout for the right person to lead a team that gets a kick out of working with high-calibre clients and delivering projects which give clients and their business a leading edge in our ever-changing market.





Within Sourced Walls 

It's been a steady and productive period for the Sourced team over the past three months. We thoroughly enjoyed this years’ Tech Summit, where we were once again a key sponsor and held a stand in the main display area. This event is always a fantastic opportunity to catch up with old friends, clients and candidates, and find out what's been happening over the past 12 months. This year, we were really impressed with the quality of the speakers and the number of smaller, emerging tech companies on display.

Who's in Demand

In terms of candidates in demand, from a permanent perspective we’re seeing a broad range of skills being sought-after across Development (Leadership and Hands-on), with Test Automation/Developer in Test, and Front-End/JavaScript skills particularly desired as the demand for talent surpasses supply. Business Systems Analysis and Electronics Engineering have followed closely behind with only a few clients recruiting in volume, and we remain busy in the .NET Development space as well.


Interestingly, Electronics kept us busy right through the second quarter within the Embedded Firmware, Hardware and Test areas. The R&D/Electronics space has always been a key market for us, but this year it has really taken centre stage as activity increases across both our large international clients and smaller startups/emerging tech companies.


For the first time this year there has been a lift in the Management/Team Leader space, with quite a bit of turnover both at the CIO and IT Management level. We haven't seen this in any volume through 2017/2018, so we’re anticipating upcoming changes in what has been a relatively stable market. We know of at least three CIO roles currently being recruited here in Christchurch and an equal number that have been recently filled. Watch this space!


On the contracting side, this quarter has been a real mixed bag, with recent demand across Business Analysis, Technical Writing, Software Development and Database Engineering. Resources have tended to be directed towards existing projects that need to pick up the pace, meet key deadlines or just get additional work across the line. New projects, on the other hand, are still proving to be slower to come onstream.


Overall, we are experiencing a busy period with no signs of a slowdown. Growth is still happening across the sector, while lower than usual retention levels are also driving activity. Both contractors and permanent staff members are in demand for a diverse mix of BAU and existing projects. Contrary to reports coming out of Wellington and Auckland, we are happy to reveal that business confidence remains very high, while salary levels stay static.

We hope you enjoyed this update and look forward to keeping you abreast with how the rest of the year evolves!




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Over the last quarter, we’ve written several blogs. You can find them below:


Hiring Candidates with Potential

When looking for your next hire, it’s not always the obvious choice that’s the best fit. By hiring for the future, you’re not only recognising people that have the potential to thrive in a new role, but also adding genuine value to the business in the long-term. Check out our advice to hiring for potential, here.

Key Things You Should Do Before Applying For Your Next IT Job

Whilst it could be tempting to jump straight into the job market, there are a few key things you should do before making a move. We’ve prepared some top tips to set you up for success. Read more here. 

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Sourced Quarterly Market Update – Winter 2018

5 Jul 18 by Michelle Bishop

Sourced Quarterly Market Update – Winter 2018


We hope you've been keeping warm and well in this last cold month. It’s safe to say we are all welcoming the occasional bursts of sunshine and hoping for a quick return to warmer weather. It's been a busy, busy quarter here at Sourced with an almost unprecedented level of activity in the permanent recruitment space, coupled with sustained demand for contractors in the Professional Services space.

In this quarter update, we look at who's who in the zoo, market activity, what to expect in the coming months, and a general overview of the 'state of the IT nation'.

General Comments

The second quarter of the year ramped up even further on an already busy Q1 with an almost unprecedented level of demand across all IT disciplines. Rather than coming from just one or two key clients, we have had a very large number recruiting across the city, with recruitment being a mix of replacing outgoing team members and growth. Recruitment has been both in response to projects coming on stream and as a result of general business confidence and growth.

From a Sourced perspective, for the first time in over a year, 50% of permanent placements made in Q2 of 2018 were candidates choosing to move jobs within Christchurch. We have noted right through 2017 and into 2018 that levels of staff retention have been very high and we've largely relied on candidates relocating to Christchurch from within the country and internationally to keep up with client demands. 


Sourced Quarterly Market Update – Winter 2018


Salary has not really come into the equation to a great extent. Given the market as a whole has been very stable over the last year or so this cannot be unexpected, with candidates naturally starting to come out of a cycle of focus and contentment and starting to question 'what's next'?


As we've commented before, we’re continuing to see an upward shift in candidates moving to Christchurch from both within New Zealand and internationally. We're finding those new to New Zealand are coming directly to Christchurch rather than via Auckland, and those based in Auckland are working a lot more actively to get themselves to
Christchurch, chasing similar career opportunities and salary levels, with a significantly lower cost of living.

From a contract perspective, as noted above, the level of demand of contract resource has held steady with the predominant demand being in the BA and Project Management space, with a small spike in Infrastructure Engineering/support contracts. Contracts have tended to be reasonably contained, typically in the 3-6 month space and for specific, well framed projects.




Hot Jobs

Senior Role - Auckland| Sourced Christchurch IT Recruitment - Quarterly Market Update

Junior level

Systems Analyst (Kathmandu) - We're on the lookout for an emerging Technical Business/Systems Analyst to work in an iconic Kiwi business, headquartered here in Christchurch. You’ll be junior - intermediate level with solid exposure to modern ERP systems, and a bright, enthusiastic, professional approach. Training will be provided for the right candidate.





Intermediate Role | Sourced Christchurch IT Recruitment - Quarterly Market Update

Intermediate level

.NET Developer, Invert Robotics - Invert Robotics is seeking a .Net Developer. This is a very unique opportunity to develop software solutions from the ground up in a .Net/Cloud environment and architect, design and develop future solutions.




Senior Role - Christchurch | Sourced Christchurch IT Recruitment - Quarterly Market Update

Senior level

Senior Electronics Engineer, Invert Robotics - We're in need of a Senior Electronics Engineer (also for Invert Robotics). Joining a local company making a huge impact on the global stage, you’ll be working across Firmware and Hardware Development within a dedicated Product Development team. This is a role with huge scope and would suit an all-rounder seeking greater independence, and the ability to work in a fast-paced Product Development environment.





Within Sourced Walls 

It's been a very busy time these last three months with barely time to stop and take stock. We recently farewelled Jessica Massey from the Consulting Team who welcomed a wee boy to the world and has chosen to step back from agency recruitment to spend more time with her family. We have also welcomed to the team, Emma, who will be joining us in a Recruitment Support capacity, helping to continue to drive candidate engagement and supporting the great level of client service that we pride ourselves on here at Sourced.


Who's in Demand

In terms of candidates in demand, from a permanent perspective, there has been a very broad demand for skills across Business Analysis, Project Management, Electronic Engineering, Software Development and Test. 


Sourced Quarterly Market Update – Winter 2018


The R&D/Electronics space has always been one we've covered but has certainly taken centre stage these last few months, and within both our large international clients and smaller startups/emerging tech companies.


Demand for Developers in the .Net space has continued at steady pace, and we have also noted a spike in demand for Technical Business & Systems Analysts, both on a contract and permanent basis. ERP (in particular Dynamics AX) has been in hot demand across a number of clients, both for projects and ongoing support.

We are continuing to see a level of stability in the Management/Team Leader space, with retention levels being very high, and little in the way of new position creation. Graduate/Junior recruitment has been represented in small numbers, however recruitment continues to be at the experienced Intermediate - Senior level on the whole.


Sourced Quarterly Market Update – Winter 2018

As new projects gain traction and move through planning and approval processes. We have otherwise seen a variety of roles recruited in ones and twos across Android/Cloud development, Network Engineering, Helpdesk, and Architecture.


General Round Up

Overall, we are experiencing a much busier than usual period with no signs of a slowdown. Growth is happening across the sector, retention levels are lower than usual, and so this is also driving activity. Contractors and permanent staff members are in demand, and this is for a mix of BAU and large projects. Business confidence remains very high, while salary levels remain static.


We look forward to keeping you abreast with how the year evolves!


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Two Simple Tips To Finding A Job You Love

Are you longing for a job that you feel passionate about? At Sourced, we’re pretty good at matching people with their dream IT jobs. If you’re looking for a change, here are two simple tips to finding a job you love. Read more here.

6 Ways to Mitigate Recruitment Risks for Tech Companies

In an organisation’s transformational journey, there are a number of value killers (or risks). When it comes to the recruitment process, here are a few that have the greatest impact on tech companies, and how to avoid them. Read more here. 

Skype Interviews – Dos and Don’ts

Nailing an interview is a daunting task at the best of times, but what happens when you’re not even going to be in the same room? We’ve got interviewees and interviewers covered with our dos and don’ts of a Skype interview. Read more here.

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Sourced Quarterly Market Update - Autumn 2018

9 Apr 18 by Michelle Bishop


Welcome to Autumn!


We hope you're enjoying the remainder of the warm weather as the days start to get shorter ahead of daylight savings. We hope that you, like us, enjoyed the time off over Easter and were able to relax and unwind over the break.


In this quarter update, we look at how the first quarter of the year has shaped up, and what we might expect to see in the coming months.

General Comments

The year kicked off at a cracker pace, with permanent roles rolling over from December, and new permanent and contract roles coming to market from as early as week 2 of January. This was a particularly early start to the year for the contracting market, which typically does not come online until late February/March. Additionally, the flowover work from December coupled with new permanent roles brought forward recruitment. which usually starts to get busy towards the end of February.


There has definitely been a sense of urgency about to get new teams established and running, seats filled to meet project demands, and market optimism on the whole remains positive. From a retention perspective, it's still a very positive picture for employers, with valued team members broadly choosing not to look at the market and sourcing coming via a range of expat, new migrant, relocation and returning to work talent pools. There has been a small bubble of disestablishments and redundancies resulting in local talent becoming available but this has been only a small percentage overall of our active talent pool.

From a permanent perspective, demand is broad and from junior through to senior/specialist, and from a contract perspective, planning and ramp up of projects is well and truly underway, with a firm ongoing demand for Business Analysts and Project Managers being at the fore.

As mentioned above, we are continuing to draw heavily on international and expat candidate markets, with active movement within the Canterbury region low to steady. This has been a full year trend through 2017.




Hot Jobs

Senior Role - Auckland| Sourced Christchurch IT Recruitment - Quarterly Market Update

Junior level

Technical Tester - Get involved in one of Microsoft's Top 5 Global Programmes currently underway, right here in Christchurch. A great opportunity for junior, mid and senior level technical testers to get involved with Functional, Technical, Integration and Automation testing. Fixed Term contracts available now.




Intermediate Role | Sourced Christchurch IT Recruitment - Quarterly Market Update

Intermediate level

House of Travel, Project Manager - Due to the pace and rate of change within our industry, our systems and technologies are constantly evolving to keep up. We’re a business that leads through technology, and with significant projects to deliver across 2018, we are looking for an experienced Project Manager to join our team.




Senior Role - Christchurch | Sourced Christchurch IT Recruitment - Quarterly Market Update

Senior level

Software Architect/Team Lead, VSS Trimble New Zealand - The candidate will have the opportunity to gain excellent on-the-job experience working for a fast-moving software division building full-stack microservices. You will develop performant, scalable applications that are translated into 23 languages and used in 192 countries.  Applications run in Amazon Web Services and you will leverage AngularJS, WebPack, Bootstrap, TypeScript, NodeJS, C# .NET Core and Apache Kafka. Come join us if you like solving hard scaling problems that involve billions of rows of code. 




Within Sourced Walls 

It's been a busy quarter within the Sourced office with, as mentioned, activity at an above average level. We were thrilled to welcome Jess’s new baby, born in February, and otherwise our team has remained very much engaged and stable.

Who's in Demand

In terms of candidates in demand, from a permanent perspective, there has been a very broad demand for skills across Project Management, Electronics and Web Development (C#/JavaScript) and Systems Engineering. Coming out of a very quiet patch, Infrastructure roles have been on the rise, with the focus lying in the mid-experienced Windows Sys Engineering areas. We are continuing to see a level of stability in the Management/Team Leader space, with retention levels being very high, and little in the way of new position creation. Graduate/Junior recruitment has also only been represented in small numbers, with recruitment continuing to be at the experienced Intermediate - Senior level on the whole.


Web Development in the JavaScript and Front End areas has been very busy, as has broader Android/iOS Development opportunities, both permanent and contract.

There are a lot of organisations really pushing on into new technology stacks and pursuing aggressive product growth plans, which has really invigorated the market and introduced some really interesting opportunities.

On the contracting side, this has been heavily geared towards Business Analysis and Project Management as new projects gain traction and/or continue at pace from 2017. We are seeing a number of projects gaining momentum which will look to carry the contracting market through to at least the second quarter, and which may see a movement of permanent employees towards contract and fixed term roles.

General Round Up

Overall, we are experiencing a busier than usual start to the year, with a slight flattening as we see out the quarter, predominantly due to vacancies being filled quickly and teams getting up to speed/new starts inducted. Growth is happening across the sector, retention levels are high, and as a result we are continuing to grow the market with new talent. Contractors and permanent staff members are in demand, and this is for a mix of BAU and large projects. Business confidence remains high, while salary levels remain static.


We look forward to keeping you abreast with how the year evolves!



In Case You Missed It

Over the last quarter, we’ve written several blogs. You can find them below:


Women in Tech in New Zealand - The State of Play

With International Women’s Day last week, we thought we’d take a look at the data we’d collected in our Sourced Report survey, and examine the state of play when it comes to women in IT in New Zealand. While some great progress is being made, our results make it clear that there is still some way to go to achieve true parity. Read more here.


Turning Your Offshore Status into Onshore

Taking a job within the New Zealand tech industry is an option many migrants would like to explore, especially given the sector here is thriving. But where do you start? If you're an offshore candidate, head in the right direction with these tips.


Unhappy in Your Job? Picking Out Your Next Move in IT

Are you back in the office and suffering from a serious case of “new year, same job”? You’re not alone. Take a look at our blog to find out how you can lay the foundations to take your career to the next level, and make the most of this new year!

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Welcome to 2018! Looking Back on 2017

24 Jan 18 by Michelle Bishop


First up, a very Happy New Year to you all. While no doubt there is still a longing to return to the long and lazy days of Christmas, at Sourced we are already forming plans and really ramping up for the new year with energy and optimism. We are now all back on deck and have had a busier than usual return to the year with both contract and permanent recruitment well underway.


In this quarter update, we look at the whole of 2017, bringing you a view of the year that was, and a sneak peak of what to look out for this year. We hope you enjoy it! You will see a Sourced report coming to you also in early 2018 but we encourage you to make contact with us if you're looking for any specific market intelligence, salary surveys, role positioning or similar. We're in a really unique position to watch the market as it evolves, and always happy to share these insights.

General Comments

2017 really was a busy busy year, with little of the peaks and troughs we will often encounter across the four quarters. It was a market driven by both contract and permanent requirements, all within a quieter than usual local candidate market. This meant our candidate pools were tending to come from offshore, the regions (with a noted pickup of relocations from Auckland), and expats returning home to Christchurch. 


While permanent recruitment continued at pace across most areas of IT in 2017, there was a definite focus on growth in highly specific/targeted areas, and with a spike towards the end of 2017 (and into early 2018) of newly created, more generalist roles, aimed at ramping up internal capability for our technology clients. Business confidence appears to be remaining high with the majority of new roles coming into the market for 2018 being new, and again responding to a need to tool up for upcoming projects and product releases. This is also driving contract market activity with contract roles coming to market earlier than we would typically see for this time of year, and in greater volume.


In terms of staff retention, it was a repeat of 2016, with very little movement in the local market, and candidates predominantly coming from outside of Canterbury. Where they are looking, local candidates are tending to be looking for stability first and foremost, interesting project challenges, the opportunity to work with new technologies, work/life balance, and professional growth opportunities.  

In terms of staff retention, it was a repeat of 2016, with very little movement in the local market, and candidates predominantly coming from outside of Canterbury. 

From a contract perspective, there was buoyancy across the year, with a particularly strong demand for Business Analysts, followed by Test Analysts and finally Project Managers. In 2016, coming off the back off of a BAU year, we were predicting 2017 to be a busy one for the Fixed Term and Contract market, and we have certainly seen this. This has been driven both by reasonably significant system implementation projects coming online, and generally holding the fort while plans were developed for longer term recruits.


As mentioned above, we are continuing to draw heavily on international and expat candidate markets, with active movement within the Canterbury region down. We have seen this right through 2016 and 2017, with those choosing to move within the Christchurch market tending to be moving for hands on/mid-senior level roles, or roles for which they have been specifically headhunted by clients for their skills and capability. There is a definite desire at the Senior/Management end of the market for change, and many are looking to new opportunities in the market. However, the market has offered very little in return, with minimal recruitment in this space across the year.




Hot Jobs

Senior Role - Auckland| Sourced Christchurch IT Recruitment - Quarterly Market Update

Intermediate level

MCS Build & Test EngineerOutstanding opportunity to join Trimble Navigation, specialising in Android manufacturing software technologies, on a 12 month fixed term contract managing build and test environments. Trimble are a leading global specialist in the navigation technology space, with an unrelenting focus on innovation and a strong presence in Christchurch.




Intermediate Role | Sourced Christchurch IT Recruitment - Quarterly Market Update

Intermediate level

Business Analyst/Product Owner - We seek to appoint a motivated, driven Business Analyst/Product Owner in a brand new role for Wellington Drive Technologies, a New Zealand owned, global market leading high tech manufacturing and SaaS business. Working between Product Management and an Agile Delivery team, you will provide the analysis and support integral to the successful delivery of this established and growing company’s Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.



Senior Role - Christchurch | Sourced Christchurch IT Recruitment - Quarterly Market Update

Senior level

Senior Web Developer - This is an outstanding opportunity for a skilled software engineer with a solid understanding of 3D graphics, interest in computational design, and experience in writing scalable web applications to join the Computational Design Group (part of Trimble Buildings) in beautiful Wellington. You will work in an environment offering the benefits of both a startup and established global business, becoming a core team member working on an ambitious project that is poised to transform manufacturing & construction, and reach millions of users.




Within Sourced Walls 

2017 was a year of big change for Sourced, with several team members heading off overseas and as a result new team members coming in. In particular we farewelled Hannah Iranon, our very first Sourced employee, who headed off the the US with her husband. However, we're still in touch and enjoying seeing her flourish in a similar role in an entirely new market! 


It was great to round out the year with a Christmas get-together with all of our contractors who have done such a great job across the year. With a number now working with us on multiple projects and across multiple clients, our contractors really are an extension of the Sourced family and it's always a great time to get them together in the same place at the same time.


Finally, as a Sourced team, we finished out the year in typical kiwi fashion with a Christmas BBQ with lots of kids, swimming, and terrible Christmas music. Fun times were had!

Who's in Demand

2017 was very much a broad market in terms of candidates in demand. In the permanent space, recruitment was (as with 2016) very much geared towards the Software Development/Applications side, with a continued but measured demand for Project Managers, Developers, Business Analysts and Testers. Infrastructure roles did show strength, however tended to sit at a Helpdesk/Support and Infrastructure Engineer level, with very little movement in the Management/Team Leader space.


We have certainly continued to see a level of stability in the Management/Team Leader space, with retention levels still remaining high, and little in the way of new position creation. This means we have a very deep candidate pool at this level, and really hope to be able to assist with new appointments this year. While it certainly presents some challenges for those looking to progress their careers, it remains a positive for employers from a team stability and leadership perspective.

We have certainly continued to see a level of stability in the Management/Team Leader space. This means we have a very deep candidate pool at this level, and really hope to be able to assist with new appointments this year. 

For 2018 we are looking ahead with interest. We have clients with large projects well underway, and projects in the wings. Recruitment is already at full pace, and with local candidate retention at an all time high over the past two years, we may well see a movement of local permanent employees coming into the market. Watch out for continued demand in the BA, Development, Test, and Project Management space.

General Round Up

2017 was certainly a busy year of BAU and project recruitment, with 2018 looking busier still. Projects that ramped up in 2017 continue on, and demand remains high for quality permanent and contract candidates.


Work life balance, learning opportunities, growth and development and a positive work environment remain top on candidate's wish lists, with salaries still remaining static. This again has been the case for a couple of years now, so expect an upward swing across the year.


We look forward to keeping you abreast with how the year evolves!



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Over the last quarter, we’ve written several blogs. You can find them below:


Top Tech Trends for 2018

As another year goes by in tech, new technologies are opening up new opportunities for IT professionals. With a number of exciting trends on the horizon with the potential to disrupt the market, here are some of the areas that we expect more demand for in 2018 and beyond.

Investment in IT: Post-Election Wrap Up

With the election still fresh in the memories of many of us around New Zealand, Sourced founder Jason Bishop has his say on what this means for the IT sector.


How to Handle a Request for a Pay Increase

When there is so much on the line, and so many different factors to consider, it can sometimes be difficult to know how to respond when approached by a team member about a pay increase. If you’re unsure, take a read of our latest blog addressing this key question.

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Sourced Quarterly Market Update - Spring 2017

9 Oct 17 by Michelle Bishop


Sourced Quarterly Market Update - Spring 2017 | Sourced - Christchurch IT Recruitment


Welcome to our quarterly market update. Hopefully the warm weather and longer evenings are providing you with more opportunities to get out and about and welcome the incoming summer. An eclectic bunch here at Sourced, we're finding the return of daylight savings is providing ample chance to pursue a range of personal pursuits from cycling to music, sports to beekeeping (see image right!). Within Sourced walls, October is always that time of year when we look backwards, look forwards and realise the year really has sped by and we're now in the final ramp up to Christmas. While it's far too early (isn't it?) to be talking Christmas, we're busy in the last push before 'the' holidays in December.


It's been a really busy last 3 months, with lots of activity, events, general community involvement and team growth all in the mix. We are continuing to find that our contributions to the Canterbury tech sector are growing well beyond traditional recruitment, and we've continued to build some really valuable partnerships and alliances over this past quarter. At Sourced, we have always firmly believed that we have an obligation to be great corporate citizens, active community members, and a source of up-to-the-minute information for anybody seeking it. We are always looking for new and different ways to participate, contribute and to give back.

General Comments

As we look back over the past 3 months, we have seen a continued demand for contractors, a demand area that has now held steady since mid-year. Permanent recruitment has continued down the BAU path, however, conversely, we are recruiting full new teams in smaller numbers for new technologies/projects kicking off. This recruitment has been large volume within a small number of client sites, with the remainder of our permanent recruitment focus being BAU recruitment for growth in ones and twos, and replacements.


Larger projects in the market are few, however we do see this changing in the new year, with a number of businesses currently in the planning and preparation stages of ERP and large system replacement projects. We expect these to ramp up in earnest in the very late stages of Q1 2018 and beyond, with no real expectation of movement prior to that. 

We expect big projects to ramp up in earnest in the very late stages of Q1 2018 and beyond, with no real expectation of movement prior to that. 

We are continuing to draw heavily on international and ex pat candidate markets, with active movement within the Canterbury region still right down. Those choosing to move within the Christchurch market have tended to be moving for hands on/mid-senior level roles, or roles for which they have been specifically headhunted by clients for their skills and capability, and are otherwise those affected by planned or actual restructures. Employers are clearly doing a great job in their engagement and retention efforts and we are seeing a very satisfied local employee base on the whole.

Hot Jobs

Senior Role - Auckland| Sourced Christchurch IT Recruitment - Quarterly Market Update

Junior level

Operations Analyst - Foodstuffs SI Ltd are offering a great opportunity for a Helpdesk Support specialist to take the next step up. This role is a really broad mix, including monitoring and maintenance of servers and backups, customer support and supporting cloud products. You’ll work closely with internal stakeholders assisting with projects from an operational perspective while assisting technical support teams. $55-$70k



Intermediate Role | Sourced Christchurch IT Recruitment - Quarterly Market Update

Intermediate level

Business Systems Analyst - House of Travel are looking for an experienced Business Systems analyst to work within a dynamic BA team, getting involved in requirements gathering, gap analysis, systems analysis and reporting. The role involves a high level of collaboration with internal support streams and third party vendors, working in a fast-paced Agile delivery environment. $80-85k



Senior Role - Christchurch | Sourced Christchurch IT Recruitment - Quarterly Market Update

Senior level

Web/UI Architect - A long standing employer in Christchurch, Trimble New Zealand offers career opportunities across a range of business units represented here, including GIS Data Collection, Heavy Civil Construction (Machine Control and Software Solutions), Precision Agriculture, and Land Survey. The Web/UI Architect is responsible for continuing to develop and evolve the software architecture that underpins world class user interface software, within a fast paced, dynamic environment. +$120k

Within Sourced Walls

The last 3 months have been a really interesting time for the Sourced team, with team movement and growth. On an extremely sad note, we farewelled our very first Sourced employee, Hannah Iranon. Hannah joined us in the first year of the Sourced business, presenting as a bright and ambitious Coffee Culture Cafe Manager with aspirations of a career in recruitment. Hannah went on to hold a number of roles in the business from Senior Recruitment Consultant to Operations Manager and literally worked alongside Jason and Michelle, forming the building blocks of the Sourced that we operate today. Hannah has headed off to the USA with her husband and has managed to secure an awesome role with a local recruitment company similar to Sourced in her new hometown of Spokane. We know she's going be a star.


We have welcomed Jessica Massey to the recruitment team, joining us here in Christchurch and a lot of you will already have had the pleasure of dealing with Jess. From a strong recruitment, technology and account management background, Jess has fitted into the team quickly and we look forward to introducing her to you over the coming months.


In September, we were once again represented as key sponsors and Trade Show participants at the Canterbury Tech Summit. This year again was an attendance sell out, with over 650 in attendance. It was a really worthwhile day; Canterbury Tech Summit is always 'the' event in the Canterbury national tech calendar (in our opinion), and feedback was very positive around the quality of speakers, venue, organisation, and collaboration and networking opportunities. As is our practice in inviting community groups onto our Tech Summit stand, we this year invited Code Club to share our stand and really enjoyed spending the day with Michael and Bryn and promoting the awesome work they do in getting coding and tech skills into primary schools across the country.

Who's In Demand

Demand continues in the contracting space, in particular for Business Analysts and Project Managers, with the majority of projects being short to mid-term, filling gaps in internal capability, getting projects across the line, and laying the initial foundations for future projects. This is very much in line with Q3 activity and we expect will start to quieten off as we move closer to the end of year. Contracting as a whole is about where we'd expect it for this time of year, though it has held consistency for some time now, not effected by the usual peaks and troughs we see in this market. We expect to see a strong pick up again in Feb-March of 2018 as businesses come back online in earnest.


On the permanent front, again this is best described as business as usual. Permanent retention remains high, and hiring that is underway appears to be in small numbers, for specialist roles and roles that have had real planning wrapped around them as opposed to pure organic growth. That said, we have a small number of clients that are growing significantly, and this is exclusively due to new products/technology sets and teams being built around this. Modern web technologies (Angular, React, JavaScript) and Embedded Engineering requirements are keeping us extremely busy, as is Infrastructure and Systems, an area that has generally been quieter throughout the year. Average appointing salaries have been sitting in the $80-100k range, with mid-senior level 'on the tools' candidates being most in demand. This is up on last year, where an average salary recruit at this time of year was sitting around $65-$80k.

General Round-Up

The market continues to move along at pace both in contract and permanent recruitment. Staff retention is high, growth is well planned and scoped, projects are gathering momentum, with 2018 looking to continue on in earnest. We look forward to seeing how the rest of the year plays out, and will come to you with a final quarter/year wrap up in late December. We hope you enjoy the warmer weather coming, and look forward to seeing you in due course over the next few months.




In Case You Missed It

Over the last quarter, we’ve written several blogs. You can find them below:


Investment in IT: What the Election Means for NZ's Technology Sector 

With this year being an election year, we took a look at how the major parties were approaching the tech sector, and what their policies meant for you. Now that it's all said and done (well, just about anyway!) you can take a retrospective look here.


Job-Hopping vs Stability: Which is Better for Your IT Career?

As IT companies become more receptive to professionals with varied job histories, is having a stable work-history still a plus? In this blog, we dive into the benefits of job-hopping and long tenure and how you can ensure you’re doing what’s best for your career.


How to Pick Out Interview Fraudsters

The IT sector has long been a hotbed for new, innovative approaches to leadership, changing the way that we look at leadership in organisations. As the landscape continues to change, do traditional leadership approaches still have a place? Read our latest blog to find out.

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Sourced Quarterly Market Update - Winter 2017

10 Jul 17 by Michelle Bishop & Clare Fletcher

Sourced Quarterly Market Update - Sourced Christchurch IT Recruitment

Goodbye Shortest Day!

We hope you're keeping well and warm as we finally get past the hump of the shortest day. With the coldest days really creeping us on us we've all been spending a lot more time indoors, and making the most of the sun when it chooses to show itself! Right in the middle of a really hectic period internally, we've been working on a range of junior - senior, permanent and contract positions across Christchurch and Auckland, with no pause in sight. It's a busy time, and we look forward to filling you in on why!


In this quarter update, we look at how the second quarter of the year has shaped up, and what we might expect to see in the coming months. 

General Comments

The year continues at a cracker pace, with permanent roles continuing to being released and contract opportunities picking up with equal pace. There is definitely a sense of urgency about to get new teams established and running, seats filled to meet project demands, and market optimism on the whole remains positive. From a retention perspective, it's still a very positive picture for employers, with valued team members broadly choosing not to look at the market and sourcing coming via a range of expat, new migrant, relocation and returning to work talent pools. 


There is definitely a sense of urgency about to get new teams established and running, seats filled to meet project demands, and market optimism on the whole is very positive. 

From a permanent perspective, demand is broad and from junior through to senior/specialist, and from a contract perspective, planning and ramp up of projects is well and truly underway, with a firm ongoing demand for Business Analysts and Project Managers being at the fore.


As mentioned above, we are continuing to draw heavily on international and expat candidate markets, with active movement within the Canterbury region down. This has been a full year to date trend, and given we're already mid year, we do expect this sentiment to continue with recruitment activities predominantly aimed at building new teams, new capability and delivery projects as opposed to recruiting due to attrition.

From Auckland's Perspective

In the year since we opened our Auckland office, the business continues to grow. We have been fortunate in establishing some solid partnerships with key clients as we work with them to manage their talent planning and pipelines, both in New Zealand and offshore.


With the overall technology market growth in Auckland - largely driven by organisations undergoing continuous digital transformation - we are seeing more businesses evolving to cloud-based platforms. In turn, this creates a higher demand for cloud specialists, big data specialists and analysts as organisations underpin their decision-making with measurable data.


Talent in demand continues to be at the senior level. With the demand/supply imbalance, good intermediate level candidates with attitude and an aptitude for knowledge and learning are often stepping up into these roles. Where niche skill sets are hard to come by, we rely on our border talent search to be able to keep up with the growth of Auckland.


Job-seeker trends - A growing number of job seekers are rating workplace flexibility ahead of remuneration.


Employer trends - Aside from the technical skill-sets, employers rate adaptability, cultural/team fit, business acumen and communication skills. Organisations which offer L&D opportunities are winning on the acquisition and retention front.




Hot Jobs

Senior Role - Auckland| Sourced Christchurch IT Recruitment - Quarterly Market UpdateJunior level

Junior Java Developer
We are seeking an enthusiastic, technically minded Java Developer to join our unique Christchurch-based client are the bright sparks behind the development of one of Europe's leading online advertising marketplaces. You'll be working at the cutting edge of Agile Development with a large team of highly skilled professionals, renowned for their fantastic culture and commitment to evolving software development methodologies. is the place to be to develop your enterprise Java skills. 


Intermediate Role | Sourced Christchurch IT Recruitment - Quarterly Market UpdateIntermediate level

Intermediate Project Manager

This is a chance to join high profile organisation in the manufacturing industry based on the outskirts of Christchurch. In this role you'll be focused on a varied range of projects, juggling multiple projects at any given time and working with a talented and highly regarded project team. You'll be taking ownership of a number of projects to ensure they are delivered to the highest standard, whilst using your initiative to add value in this rapidly expanding environment. Opportunities on this scale are rare in the Canterbury market and we don't expect the position will be available long!

Senior Role - Christchurch | Sourced Christchurch IT Recruitment - Quarterly Market UpdateSenior level

Senior Android Developer - Contract

We are seeking a Senior Android Developer to take on this contract role, working on greenfields development projects within a collaborative, high performing R&D team. Our client has a proud history of innovation and thought leadership, and are not afraid to use bleeding edge technologies to deliver innovative product solutions. In this role you'll have a genuine opportunity to influence the development of products and services, and contribute to new and exciting product offerings.




Within Sourced Walls 

RCSA Awards | Sourced Quarterly Market Update - Sourced Christchurch IT RecruitmentIt's been a steady as she goes quarter within the Sourced office. We have been really thrilled to see our Auckland team continue to go from strength to strength, with a full team now actively engaged in the northern market. We recently all got together as a full team in Auckland, the first time we've stood proud as a 'national team', so quite a moment! We should probably mention this was as a result of being announced for the 3rd year running as Finalists in the RCSA NZ Recruitment Awards, for the Client Service award. While we weren't able to repeat last year's win, it was fantastic none the less to be recognised once again for all the work that goes on during the year. 

Who's in Demand

In terms of candidates in demand, from a permanent perspective, there has been a very broad demand for skills across Business Analysis, Project Management, Web Development (JavaScript) and Systems Engineering. Coming out of a very quiet patch, Infrastructure roles have been on the rise, with the focus lying in the mid-experienced Windows Sys Engineering areas. We are continuing to see a level of stability in the Management/Team Leader space, with retention levels being very high, and little in the way of new position creation. Graduate/Junior recruitment has also only been represented in small numbers, with recruitment continuing to be at the experienced Intermediate - Senior level on the whole.

Coming out of a very quiet patch, Infrastructure roles have been on the rise with the focus lying in the mid-experienced Windows Sys Engineering areas

Web Development in the JavaScript and Front End areas has been  very busy, as has broader Android/iOS Development opportunities, both permanent and contract. There are a lot of organisations really pushing on into new technology stacks and pursuing aggressive product growth plans, which has really invigorated the market and introduced some really interesting opportunities. 


On the contracting side, this has been heavily geared towards Business Analysis and Project Management as new projects gain traction and move through planning and approval processes into delivery. We are seeing a number of projects gaining momentum which will look to carry the contracting market through to at least the fourth quarter, and which may see a movement of permanent employees towards contract and fixed term roles. 

General Round Up

Overall, we are experiencing a busier than usual year in general, having worked at a consistent pace since January, and with no signs of a slow down. Growth is happening across the sector, retention levels are high, and as a result we are continuing to grow the market with new talent. Contractors and permanent staff members are in demand, and this is for a mix of BAU and large projects. Business confidence remains high, while salary levels remain static. 


We look forward to keeping you abreast with how the year evolves!



Did You Know

We've seen a strong rise in the number of people looking to stay in their roles indefinitely (from 30% in September to 37%). This ties into the previous point that the IT market is growing, with new work coming in and making it more attractive for people to stay in their roles long-term. This coincides with less people being dissatisfied with their salary (down to 31% from 42%).


This could mean that companies are accepting that they might need to pay slightly higher salaries in order to attract and retain top talent. In our previous report, 12% of people stated that they were looking to change role in the next 3-6 months, and this time around we can see that 23% of respondents have been in their roles for 6 months or less.

The IT market is growing, with new work coming in and making it more attractive for people to stay in their roles long-term. 

This is a far lower disparity than previously. In February 2016, just 8% stated that they were interested in a move imminently, but by September 27% of respondents were in new roles. With 13% of respondents now saying they intend to stay in their role for up to 6 months, this might indicate that candidates are taking a more realistic view of their careers.



In Case You Missed It

Over the last quarter, we’ve written several blogs. You can find them below:


Annual Performance Reviews Are Dead. Long Live Real Time Feedback! 

Is there an HR process that is more despised than the annual performance review? With technology allowing managers to gather real-time feedback, granular appraisals look like a no-brainer. Here’s why we think it’s not that easy.


How to Write a CV for the Digital Era

Does your CV synergise with social media to create a unique experience that highlights why you’re the perfect candidate for the role? Don’t miss a trick, find out how you can bring your CV into the digital era here.


How to Pick Out Interview Fraudsters

With a shortage of IT talent, it can be tempting to fall victim to the candidate who appears too good to be true at interview. But should you be wary of someone who performs too well during the interview? We take a look at the things you need to pay attention to, as well as the red herrings, here.

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Sourced Quarterly Market Update - Autumn 2017

31 Mar 17 by Michelle Bishop

Bring on Easter!

We hope you've enjoyed the final days of Summer, as we reluctantly slip into Autumn with just a few warm days remaining to enjoy. With Easter just around the corner we're looking forward to taking a brief pause after what has been an unseasonably busy start to 2017. With new team members in our Auckland team, projects ramping up within our Christchurch business, and little let up in activity between Christmas 2016 and the new year, it's been a really busy time!


In this quarterly update, we'll look at how the first quarter of the year has shaped up, and what we might expect to see in the coming months. You will see a Sourced Report has been released for early 2017, going into detail on a number of key industry trends. We also encourage you to contact us if you're looking for any specific market intelligence, salary surveys, role positioning or similar. We're in a unique position to watch the market as it evolves, and we're always happy to share these insights.


General Comments

The year has gotten off to a cracker of a start, with permanent roles being released a lot earlier than we expect from January onwards and contract opportunities picking up with equal pace. There is definitely a sense of urgency about to get new teams established and running, seats filled to meet project demands, and market optimism on the whole is very positive. In terms of retention, it's still a very positive picture for employers, with valued team members broadly choosing not to look at the market in what is often termed a 'danger zone' period post the summer holiday. 

There is definitely a sense of urgency about to get new teams established and running, seats filled to meet project demands, and market optimism on the whole is very positive. 

From a Sourced perspective, only 10% of permanent appointments during the first quarter were candidates moving from one Christchurch employer to another, with 50% moving into Christchurch from other New Zealand centres and offshore, and 40% being in positions of redundancies, having taken breaks from working or returning from contracting to permanent employment.


From a contract perspective, planning and ramp up of projects is well and truly underway, with a firm ongoing demand for Business Analysts being at the fore.


As mentioned above, we are continuing to draw heavily on international and expat candidate markets, with active movement within the Canterbury region down. We do expect this sentiment to continue with recruitment activities predominantly aimed at building new teams, new capability and delivery projects as opposed to recruiting due to attrition.


From Auckland's Perspective

The Auckland economy continues to grow and, along with it, many of our clients are in expansion mode. According to the March 2017 Infometrics Regional Perspectives Report, "Auckland is New Zealand's growth engine and is expected to outperform the national economy over the next four years," with nearly 85,000 new jobs forecast to be created by 2021. Job creation will be strongest in the professional, scientific and technical services sectors (16,450 jobs), healthcare and social assistance (11,050) and education and training sectors (8,200).


Talent and skills demand in the IT and Technology sectors continues to over-reach supply, reinforcing more than ever the importance of business investment in training and development. At Sourced, we are going some way to mitigating this challenge by working alongside our clients to understand their plans so we can proactively build talent pipelines. 


The roles in hot demand and keeping us busy are in the digital strategy and transformation space (app developer gurus take note); software engineering and development; senior program and project managers;  to name a few. We are also working on off-shore based roles with clients expanding into overseas markets.




Hot Jobs

Junior Role | Sourced Christchurch IT Recruitment - Quarterly Market UpdateJunior level

e2 Digital - Customer Support Analyst
This role is all about providing the support clients need to operate at peak capacity. You'll action and resolve support requests via phone or our email support system (Zendesk) in a friendly, efficient manner. You'll be part of a talented in-house team of certified digital specialists working on an array of interesting projects for a range of great clients; a team dedicated to delivering amazing digital solutions by working collaboratively and utilising each member's unique skills.


Intermediate Role | Sourced Christchurch IT Recruitment - Quarterly Market UpdateIntermediate level

Trimble - Software Engineer - C#/Automation

The candidate will be a member of an agile feature team working on creating and improving a distributed enterprise-level SaaS application. The candidate will focus on writing code to automate testing process and improving the automation test framework, and will be working with internationally distributed development teams.


Senior Role - Christchurch | Sourced Christchurch IT Recruitment - Quarterly Market UpdateSenior level - Christchurch

Opmetrix - Software Development Team Lead

The candidate will be a member of an agile feature team working on creating and improving a distributed enterprise-level SaaS application. The candidate will focus on writing code to automate testing process and improving the automation test framework, and will be working with internationally distributed development teams.


Senior Role - Auckland| Sourced Christchurch IT Recruitment - Quarterly Market UpdateSenior level - Auckland

Wellington Drive - Engineering Manager

Wellington Drive Technologies' mission is to deliver solutions to solve its customers' commercial refrigeration energy efficiency and system control problems, through the development of Advanced Electronic Motors, Airflow Solutions and Intelligent Refrigeration Controllers. Small, specialised, and focused, not a large faceless and diversified monolith, Wellington Drive Technologies are technology leaders with an engineering team among the best in the industry. This is your opportunity to be at the helm, managing day to day departmental operations, while driving successful new product development and product support project delivery within this global business.




Within Sourced Walls 

It's been a busy start to the new year with projects kicking off, new team members coming in and little time to take a breath in between! We have been really thrilled to appoint an additional recruitment consultant to our Auckland office, joining our General Manager and resourcing team as this region continues to grow for our business. Within Christchurch, we've been a continued stable and cohesive unit, and really making the most of a busy recruiting period.


Who's in Demand

In terms of candidates in demand, from a permanent perspective, there has been a very broad demand for skills across Business Analysis, Product Ownership, Test and Product Ownership. Infrastructure roles have been extremely quiet, with the focus lying heavily on business-technical roles within enterprise businesses. We are continuing to see a level of stability in the Management/Team Leader space, with retention levels being very high, and little in the way of new position creation. Graduate/Junior recruitment has been represented in small numbers, however recruitment continues to be at the more experienced Intermediate - Senior level on the whole.

We are continuing to see a level of stability in the Management/Team Leader space, with retention levels being very high, and little in the way of new position creation. 

On the contracting side, demand has been heavily geared towards Business Analysis as new projects gain traction and move through planning and approval processes. We are seeing a number of projects gaining momentum, which will look to carry the contracting market through to at least the mid-year, and may encourage movement of permanent employees towards contract and fixed term roles. This would certainly lead to a much more buoyant contracting market than we have seen in 2016. These are very large and high profile projects that will pick up a lot of resources from the local and national market, and may offer some really career-defining opportunities. Watch out for demand in the BA, Technical Analysis, Test, Project and Programme Management space.

General Round Up

Overall, we are experiencing a busier period than usual at this time of the year, with no signs of a slow down. Growth is happening across the sector, retention levels are high, and as a result we are continuing to grow the market with new talent. Contractors and permanent staff members are in demand, and this is for a mix of BAU and large projects. Business confidence remains high, while salary levels remain static. 


We look forward to keeping you abreast with how the year evolves!



Did You Know

We've seen a strong rise in the number of people looking to stay in their roles indefinitely (from 30% in September to 37%). This ties into the previous point that the IT market is growing, with new work coming in and making it more attractive for people to stay in their roles long-term. This coincides with less people being dissatisfied with their salary (down to 31% from 42%).


This could mean that companies are accepting that they might need to pay slightly higher salaries in order to attract and retain top talent. In our previous report, 12% of people stated that they were looking to change role in the next 3-6 months, and this time around we can see that 23% of respondents have been in their roles for 6 months or less.


This is a far lower disparity than previously. In February 2016, just 8% stated that they were interested in a move imminently, but by September 27% of respondents were in new roles. With 13% of respondents now saying they intend to stay in their role for up to 6 months, this might indicate that candidates are taking a more realistic view of their careers.



In Case You Missed It

Over the last quarter, we’ve written several blogs. You can find them below:


Interviewing in the Information Age

A job interview can be nerve-wracking at the best of times, but thanks to the wealth of helpful information freely available on the internet, you no longer have to go in unprepared. Read more about the key to interviewing in the information age here.


Flexible Working: Is It Right for Your Business?

Flexible working has become an increasingly popular concept, as the reality of working from any location suddenly appears more realistic through new technology. The big questions for employers, are: which roles are best suited, what will happen to results and is it a fad or a true benefit? Find out the answers here


Sourced Report - March 2017

We've also recently released our latest Sourced Report; our biannual look into the Christchurch IT market. This year we've expanded our scope, and also examined the Auckland IT market. This has given us a great platform compare the two, giving us a wider understanding of what New Zealand's IT community looks like. For more insights, feel free to read it here

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Sourced Quarterly Market Update - Summer 2017

26 Jan 17 by Michelle Bishop

Welcome to 2017!

First up, a very Happy New Year to you all. It's always an interesting time of year, a mix of longing for a return to the long and lazy days of Christmas, whilst already forming plans and really ramping up for a new year with energy and optimism. We are now all back on deck at Sourced, having enjoyed a well-earned break, and looking forward to a busy 2017 both here in Christchurch and Auckland.


In this quarter update, we look at the whole of 2016, bringing you a view of the year that was, and a sneak peak of what to look out for this year. We hope you enjoy it! You will see a Sourced Report coming to you in early 2017, but we encourage you to contact us if you're looking for any specific market intelligence, salary surveys, role positioning or similar. We're in a unique position to watch the market as it evolves, and always happy to share these insights.

General Comments

With a market driven by both contract and permanent requirements, 2016 really was a mixed bag, however, overall, a market best described as 'business as usual'. While permanent recruitment continued at a constant pace across most areas of IT, there was a definite focus on growth in highly specific/targeted areas, and otherwise recruiting for attrition, which was very low across the year. From a retention perspective, it was a very positive year for employers, with valued team members tending to be looking for stability, interesting project challenges, work/life balance and growth opportunities. With a market offering little in the way of significant growth or exceptional projects, there has been very little incentive to consider a move in 2016 and this has resulted in tighter, collaborative teams promoting strong internal culture. 

We are predicting 2017 to be a busy one for Fixed Term and Contract markets due to several very significant system implementation projects coming to the South Island.

We have certainly noticed that the recruitment we have had underway has been appointing candidates, who are new to Christchurch, into specific/targeted gaps. At the same time, we’ve also been redeploying highly skilled professionals who were affected by redundancy into new roles, and companies who have grown in small numbers (>5).


From a contract perspective, while the year started off very quietly, by the end of the 3rd quarter it was well and truly underway as plans started for some notable projects coming online in 2017. Coming off the back of a BAU year, we are predicting 2017 to be a busy one for Fixed Term and Contract markets due to several very significant system implementation projects coming to the South Island.


As mentioned above, we are continuing to draw heavily on international and expat candidate markets, with active movement within the Canterbury region down. Those choosing to move within the Christchurch market have tended to be moving for hands-on/mid-senior level roles. Otherwise, these candidates have been specifically headhunted by clients for their skills and capabilities, or are those affected by planned or actual restructures.


We certainly expect most restructures to now be behind us, and are looking forward to a year of growth opportunities for many.




Hot Jobs

Customer Support Analyst  | Sourced - Christchurch IT Recruitment

Junior level

We are looking for a Customer Support Analyst with the ability to build strong interpersonal rapport with customers and teams, alongside a ‘can-do’ attitude and strong attention to detail. A competitive salary is on offer with the chance to join a professional, motivated team that promotes team spirit and high quality results, in an internationally renowned organisation in a state of growth.


SharePoint Developer  | Sourced - Christchurch IT Recruitment

Intermediate level

There is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced SharePoint Developer to join a successful, high-profile, and caring company. You’ll become part of an engaged workforce who encourages collaboration and communication, and embraces change and innovation. This role offers the chance to develop game changing applications that will change and enhance people’s lives.


Lead Software Tester | Sourced - Christchurch IT Recruitment

Senior level

We are looking for an ambitious, collaborative, and forward-thinking Lead Software Tester to join a highly successful, privately owned New Zealand enterprise. This role offers a fantastic chance to lead a close-knit testing team, whilst working closely with the wider Christchurch technology group. With high-profile projects that will shape the next 9-12 months due to kick-off shortly, this is a great time to come onboard.





Within Sourced Walls 

It was lovely to see out 2016 as a team. We had a 'welcome-and-farewell' Christmas party, saying a sad farewell to two of our Christchurch team members who are heading off on international travels. We also welcomed in a new team member, who had returned from their international travels, joining us as our Office and Candidate Manager. It was a typical kiwi Christmas affair with family, a BBQ, backyard cricket and terrible Christmas music. 


We’d like to take this opportunity to extend a huge welcome to Victoria Knopp – we’re really excited to have her on board and she is already an integral member of the team. We hope you'll enjoy working with her in the areas of candidate and contractor support.

Who's in Demand

In terms of candidates in demand, 2016 was very much a broad market. In the permanent space, recruitment was very much geared towards the Software Development/Applications side, with a continued but measured demand for Project Managers, Developers, Business Analysts and Testers. Infrastructure roles also remained constant, tending to sit at a Helpdesk/Support and Infrastructure Engineer level with very little movement in the Management/Team Leader space.


We’re certainly continuing to see a level of stability in the Management/Team Leader space, with retention levels being very high, and little in the way of new position creation. This does present some challenges for those looking to progress their careers, however it remains a positive for employers from a team stability and leadership perspective.


As we alluded to above, recruitment for 2016 was very well planned, targeted, and rarely in volume. On the contracting side, again this tended to come in ones and twos, and was heavily geared towards Project Management and Business Analysis. Overall, recruitment for this space was predominantly focused on planning for projects kicking off in 2017.


Watch out for demand in the BA, Technical Analysis, Test, Project and Programme Management space.


This year, we are looking ahead with interest. We can see very large projects for the market on the horizon, which may see a movement of permanent employees towards contract and fixed term roles. This would certainly lead to a much more buoyant contracting market than we have seen in 2016. These are very large and high profile projects that will pick up a lot of resource from the local and national market, and really offer some career-defining opportunities. Watch out for demand in the BA, Technical Analysis, Test, Project and Programme Management space.

General Round Up

Overall, 2016 was certainly the year of BAU and steady as she goes. We see 2017 as the 'Year of the Project', but how quickly these projects ramp up is yet to be seen, with all of them still in their planning stages.


From a permanent perspective, we are seeing the first signs of a return to growth, but will this be tempered by a resource shortage in the wake of large projects soaking up talent pools? Watch this space. Not everybody is driven by the pace, challenge, and change of large scale projects. Work life balance, learning opportunities, growth and development and a positive work environment remain top on candidate's wish lists, with salaries remaining static. With retention having been at such a high level, clearly employers are putting in the work to ensure they have highly engaged, rewarded, and fulfilled teams.



We look forward to keeping you abreast with how the year evolves!




In Case You Missed It

Since the last quarter, we’ve written several blogs. You can find them below:


Four Crucial Soft Skills to Ensure Success in IT

Hiring someone who is a bad team fit can have a negative impact on your company and your team. If you need help finding the right employee, take a look at our top tips on how to hire for team fit.

 

Managing a Multigenerational Workforce

As a new generation joins the workforce and a large portion of Kiwi’s aged 65+ work past retirement age, New Zealand’s workforce is becoming multigenerational. Check out what you can do to ensure collaboration between different generations.


Defragging Your Career

If you feel that your career is on halt, or if you’re unhappy in your role, it's good to reassess your goals to get you back on track. Find out how to successfully defrag your career.


How to Make a Good First Impression at Work

In the workplace, making a great first impression is important. Find out our top tips on how to do this successfully in your new IT job.


A Simple Guide to Upskill Yourself for 2017's Tech Jobs

With technology constantly shifting, and new roles cropping up, now is a great time to acquire new tech skills. Upskilling yourself can make you stand out as a valuable employee. Find out how to upskill yourself for 2017's tech jobs here.


6 Critical Traits for Breaking into IT Management

Setting your sights on breaking into IT management? Click here for six crucial traits to possess before you can prove that you have potential to become a great Manager
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Sourced Quarterly Market Update - Spring 2016

3 Oct 16 by Michelle Bishop

Welcome to Spring!

Welcome to our quarterly market update. We hope you're enjoying the first signs of Spring and the return to daylight savings with the promise of warmer, longer nights and great BBQs! October is always that time of year when we look backwards, look forwards and realise the year really has sped by and we're now in the final ramp up to Christmas. We realise it's far too early to be mentioning a certain Santa, but we have it on good authority that Advent Calendars are already in stores!


It's been a really busy past 3 months within Sourced, with lots of activity, events, general community involvement, team growth, and an expansion into the North Island all in the mix. We are continuing to find that our contributions to the Canterbury tech sector are growing well beyond traditional recruitment and we've continued to build some really valuable partnerships and alliances over this past quarter. 


At Sourced we have always firmly believed that we have an obligation to be great corporate citizens, active tech and business community members, and a source of relevant and up to the minute information for anybody seeking. We always strive and are always looking for new and different ways to participate, 

contribute and to give back.


We're also delighted to announce that we are once again a finalist for the SEEK Annual Recruitment Awards in the Agency of the Year category! Thank you to SEEK judges for choosing us amongst the finalists, and thank you to all of our clients and candidates for working with us and enabling us to provide you with an award-worthy service. 

General Comments

As we look back over the past 3 months, we have seen a continued swing back towards demand for contractors, an area that as mentioned previously has been quieter than usual since the last quarter of 2015. While we started to see a move away from 'BAU' recruitment to recruiting for larger projects coming online in the second half of the year, this appears to have stalled slightly, with more time being put into planning and preparation and looking to ramp up in earnest in the very late stages of the year, and early into 2017. Again, ERP and system replacement projects appear to be driving future demand, but we do expect this demand to be coming online a little later than anticipated. This said, plans can often change and quickly, and we may see this activity push towards a busy end of year. Watch this space!

We are continuing to draw heavily on international and expat candidate markets, with active movement within the Canterbury region down.

We are continuing to draw heavily on international and expat candidate markets, with active movement within the Canterbury region down. Those choosing to move within the Christchurch market have tended to be moving for hands on/mid-senior level roles, or roles for which they have been specifically headhunted by clients for their skills and capability, and are otherwise those affected by planned or actual restructures, Speaking of this, we have seen a small amount of activity in the restructuring/reorganisation and disestablishment space, however largely those affected are either being redeployed within their existing businesses (ideal) or being snapped up quickly by local organisations. 




Hot Jobs

Junior level

We are looking for a Second Tier Technical Support person to fast growing company in a competitive industry. This is a chance to work with a company that really goes the extra mile to make their workplace a fantastic place to be. You would provide second tier technical support to the Business, Customer Support and Infrastructure teams, manage and maintain desktop operating systems and applications and ensure the support, services and functionality provided to the company are of a high standard.


Intermediate Test Analyst | Sourced - Christchurch IT Recruitment

Intermediate level

We are looking for an Intermediate BI Analyst to take an active hand in the development of Business Intelligence solutions within a medium sized local organisation, who are part of a larger global group. Located in the central city you will enjoy the support of a collaborative environment that values innovation and the need for Business Intelligence within their core product offering. There is currently scope for this role to become permanent for the right person.


Graduate Front End Developer | Sourced - Christchurch IT Recruitment

Senior level

We are looking for a Senior UX Designer to join the world's leading designer and manufacturer of electronic controls for power wheelchairs and scooters. You will be responsible for UX design and improvements on both new and existing applications and product development; taking ownership of the overall design of the product, presenting designs in the form of best practice UX methods and ensuring compliance with UX design and brand requirements.


 


Within Sourced Walls 

The last 3 months have been a really interesting time for the Sourced team, with team movement, growth and a brand new location! Based on an ongoing demand from national clients to expand our services, we have taken quiet steps into the Auckland market, servicing existing clients with North Island representation and also growing organically into new areas. Our focus remains very firmly in the IT & Technology space, but we're now looking to grow our capability further with teams, clients and networks and spread nationally. If you're going to be in Auckland and would like to meet with one of our team, please get in touch with Michelle to arrange this!

We have taken quiet steps into the Auckland market, servicing existing clients with North Island representation and also growing organically into new areas.

On a less fortunate note, we say goodbye to two of our Christchurch team members this quarter, both heading off on international travels. Hamish Calder, who has been with us for the past year as a Recruitment Consultant, is heading off to Canada with his partner to follow outdoor and travel pursuits, while our very long serving Office Manager, William Huang, is following his partner to China as she pursues her career in International Business Banking. We are very sad to see them go, William was our second employee at Sourced and has really grown with us over the years; he and Hamish will be missed!


Sourced at the Canterbury Tech SummitWe were once again represented as key sponsors, and Trade Show participants at this year's Canterbury Tech Summit. This year was a record turn out at the Wigram Museum Convention Centre, with 650 in attendance and a further 50-100 on the waiting list to attend! It was a really worthwhile day, always 'the' event in the Canterbury national tech calendar, and feedback was very positive around the quality of speakers, venue, organisation, and collaboration and networking opportunities. As is our practice in inviting community groups onto our Tech Summit stand, this year we invited Renea Mackie and students from the Kohknowco Lab.


If you haven't heard of Kohknowco before, Kohknowco is an innovation framework, designed through practice, to support kids to do what they love; collaborate, work in teams, and develop their own startups. With an experimental Lab running at Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery School, the Lab runs just like any other class, but in their class, they have designers, artists, music producers, coders, film makers, writers, and all sorts of colorful characters! If you'd like the opportunity to visit Renea and her students at Kohknowco they are always very welcoming of industry visits. Just let us know and we can arrange this!


Who's in Demand

Demand remains strong in the contracting space, in particular for Project Managers, Developers, Business Analysts and Testers, with the majority of projects being short to mid term, filling gaps in internal capability, getting projects across the line, and laying the initial foundations for future projects. This is very much in line with Q3 activity and we expect this will start to quieten off as we move closer to the end of year. Contracting as a whole is about where we'd expect it for this time of year, and we expect to see a stronger pick up in Feb-March of 2017 as businesses come back online in earnest, and look to hit key KPIs before end of financial year.

Recruitment has been adding capability to existing teams, replacing the occasional departing team member and largely tweaking existing structures.  

On the permanent front, again this is best described as business as ususal. Permanent retention remains high, and the hiring that is underway appears to be in small numbers; for specialist roles and roles that have had real planning wrapped around as opposed to pure organic growth. As we commented last quarter, recruitment has been adding capability to existing teams, replacing the occasional departing team member and largely tweaking existing structures. Areas of activity have been in the UX/UI (contract and permanent), Business Analysis (contract and permanent), IT Technical Support & Engineering and Testing. Average appointing salaries have been sitting in the $65-$85k range, with mid to senior level 'on the tools' candidates being most in demand.


General Round Up

The market continues to tick long nicely. Staff retention is high, growth is well planned and scoped, projects are gathering momentum, with 2017 looking to start on a high note. We look forward to seeing how the rest of the year plays out, and will come to you with a final quarter/year wrap up in late December. We hope you enjoy the warmer weather coming, and look forward to seeing you in due course over the next few months.



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Sourced Quarterly Market Update - Winter 2016

1 Jul 16 by Michelle Bishop

Mid Winter has arrived - but will there be snow?

Welcome to our quarterly market update. While we've had an incredibly long and warm Summer to Autumn transition, it feels like winter is finally upon us; and now the question on everybody's lips - will there be snow? Having a 3-year-old in the family certainly makes it that bit more exciting, although if first attempts at an introduction to snow are anything to go by, we definitely have a summer child.


It's been a busy past three months within Sourced, with lots of activity, events, fundraising, and general community involvement going on. We are finding that more and more our value and contribution to the Canterbury tech sector is growing well beyond traditional recruitment and into areas such as start-up business and tech strategy, organisational structure and creating strong delivery teams, supporting and developing next generation tech professionals, and building connections and formal mentoring programmes through our networks - to name a few. This is where we really find our passion, being able to exist and grow as an integral and contributing member of our community, giving back to an industry that we are extremely passionate about.

General Comments

As we look back on the last quarter we have seen a heavy swing back towards demand for contractors, an area that has been much quieter than usual since the end of 2015. We are also seeing a move away from 'BAU' recruitment, towards starting to ramp up for larger projects coming on-line in the second half of this year. ERP and System replacement projects appear to be driving future demand, and with this we expect to see an even larger demand for specialist contracting resource.


We are continuing to draw heavily on international and expat candidate markets, however these numbers have balanced out against candidates moving from within New Zealand and within the Canterbury region. Those choosing to move within the Christchurch market have tended to be moving for hands on/mid-senior level roles, or roles for which they have been specifically headhunted by clients for their skills and capability. 

Being located in the centre of the Innovation precinct, it has been really great watching so many businesses returning to the CBD or reestablishing themselves here. 

Being located in the centre of the Innovation precinct, it has been really great watching so many businesses returning to the CBD or reestablishing themselves here. We were recently able to complete a tour through the new Kathmandu building which is a cornerstone of the Innovation precinct, and with Environment Canterbury in, and Vodafone and Wynyard soon to follow, the inner city is looking forward to a really exciting phase of transformation.


If you wander down Cashel Mall now there is a definite sense of our major retailers returning and a vibrancy that is starting to emerge. We are really looking forward to the opportunities of working in a brand new and evolving CBD, where small, large and enterprise tech companies are all co-existing in really unique spaces.



Hot Jobs:

Graduate Front End Developer | Sourced - Christchurch IT RecruitmentJunior level

We are currently recruiting a Graduate Front End Developer on a 12 month contract. This is a chance to make your mark on a large and complex enterprise environment, with significant project work underway. This is a role for a smart grad with strong interpersonal and problem solving skills, who is able to work independently.



Intermediate Test Analyst | Sourced - Christchurch IT RecruitmentIntermediate level

We are currently recruiting an Intermediate Test Analyst. This is an opportunity to join a global leader in their field while enjoying the benefits of working with fantastic technology in a fully functioning Agile environment. You will get to work with cross-functional teams to develop a wide range of skills while having the chance to learn advanced test techniques from senior team members and to hone your mentoring skills by guiding the junior members.



Senior level

We are currently recruiting a Senior Big Data Developer. This is your opportunity to join a growing organisation who are ready to take their product to market. With an impressive list of clients already established in the US they are in an excellent position to take the world by storm. There is a strong emphasis on big data and cloud services, ensuring their solutions remain cutting edge and ahead of the trends. Now is your chance to get on board with the ongoing development of their product, in an autonomous environment that welcomes innovation, new ways of working and thinking, and good work-life balance. 



Within Sourced Walls

We are extremely fortunate to have built a highly engaged, committed team at Sourced, and we are extremely proud of the hard work of the team which continues to build our reputation for excellence and genuine engagement in the community. We recently traveled as a team to Auckland for the RCSA (Recruitment and Consulting Services Association) New Zealand recruitment industry awards, where we were nominated for the Excellence in Client Services award, having been named as a finalist against Tradestaff New Zealand. We were thrilled to take away the win, particularly with this being a New Zealand-wide, all industries award, and getting recognition for the work we do to build meaningful and long term relationships with our clients. A great night was had - ball gowns, suits and all.


We also recently hosted the Canterbury Women in Tech Meetup, which is a monthly event aimed at bringing existing and emerging women in tech together to learn, develop and network. This month's topic was 'Opportunities for Learning and Development through Mentoring' and we enjoyed bringing together a really interactive session with guest panellists Charlotte Walshe (CEO, Dynamic Controls), Renea Mackie (co-creator, Kohknowco Innovation Framework, Kohknowco Lab - Unlimited) and Jess Downs (Head of Tech Girls, ARA). This was hosted at the EPIC Innovation Centre, always a great venue for larger events. The event sold out in 48 hours, which just goes to show the increased level of connection and involvement of women in tech in Canterbury.


Following on from this, and something we'd be really interested in talking to you more about, is the evolution of a Sourced Mentor Connection Programme. We are very fortunate to sit in the centre of a really rich network of skilled employees, contractors, managers etc., and a network of up and coming talent who could really benefit from, and are starting to seek out professional mentoring/coaching. We have recently matched up a Senior Project Manager with an Intermediate level PM who was looking for perspective outside of her current company, and this has been a really valuable partnership for both parties. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, or are looking for an opportunity to be mentored please let us know - we can help!


From a philanthropy perspective, this quarter we decided to support the Chomondeley Children's Centre, with a 'Finding Dory' movie night at Hoyts Riccarton. It was really great to see so many clients, candidates, contractors and their families all coming together to support such a great cause. We are always looking at new and different ways to give back to the wider community, so if you have any specific charities of choice or causes that we can contribute to in some way, we'd love to hear about them!


We also supported the Ronald McDonald House Christchurch once again, with 2 dinner programmes bringing together clients, contractors and Sourced team members to serve up meals to approximately 50 family members staying at the house. This was a follow on from our involvement last year; we really enjoy supporting such a fundamental service, and having the opportunity to meet family members needing support at a really critical time.

Who's in demand

Demand is up in the contracting space, in particular for Project Managers, Developers, Business Analysts and Testers, with the majority of projects being short/mid term, filling gaps in internal capability, getting projects across the line, or laying the initial foundations for future projects. Contracting as a whole is still slightly down on what we'd expect at this time of year, but is showing more confidence as new budgets are approved, the new financial year kicks off in earnest and serious planning is underway for the year ahead. Expect to see some larger projects coming to market in the second half of this year, particularly in the new systems implementation space.

Permanent retention is remaining high, meaning that recruitment that is underway is focusing on adding capability to existing teams, replacing departing team members or tweaking existing structures.

On the permanent front, this is best described as business as ususal. Permanent retention is remaining high, meaning that recruitment that is underway is tending to be ones and twos, adding capability to existing teams, replacing departing team members or tweaking existing structures. Candidate confidence is actually lower than expected, which is an interesting insight, given the continued talk of 'talent shortage' and a general impression among employers that recruitment permanent staff, particularly in the software space, is a very tough undertaking. We are finding that candidates that are actively looking may be affected by redundancy, have just returned back to Christchurch, or are reevaluating careers, and are more flexible than you may think in terms of salary, position, level of responsibility, and their level of flexibility in terms of considering 'out of the box' opportunities.


While internal staff retention is high, this does mean that there is a degree of selectiveness that we're seeing from our clients in terms to bringing in new team members, but again with a work force prepared to be flexible, not pushing for inflated salaries or senior position titles, it makes for a very balanced market where both employer and employee are very carefully considering their market position.

General round up

The market continues to hold buoyancy, and has steadily ticked away as we've moved towards mid year. Permanent has been far more predominant than contracting opportunities, however we expect to see that swing back as we move out of a 'business as usual' phase, with an expectation of larger projects starting to ramp up from July onward particularly in the ERP space.


We are watching the Brexit situation with interest, as, along with a number of other factors, the UK ex-pat and UK-New Zealand new migrant market appears to be one building steam. On the whole our major international workforce are still in the 25-35 year age gap and tend to be working and travelling prior to settling and starting families, or travelling through and opting to stay on, in favour of making New Zealand 'home'.


We look forward to keeping in touch with you over the coming months, and as always encourage you to connect with us for whatever it is you may need or wish to contribute. 



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Sourced Quarterly Market Update - Autumn 2016

8 Apr 16 by Sourced - Christchurch IT Recruiters


Welcome to our regular quarterly market update. We hope you’ve enjoyed a relaxing Easter break, and the last of the long warm nights, as daylight savings has drawn to a close. Autumn is no doubt upon us, but as always it offers a new season and opportunities to look ahead to what is shaping up to be a busy year.


The past 3 months have proved very interesting, with some variation on what we would typically expect of market conditions for this period. We’ll look forward to filling you in on this, and general market news, during this latest quarterly market update.

General Comments

The market has gotten off to a slightly quieter start than we would typically see for Q1, influenced heavily by a late surge in permanent recruitment in November/December, and a quieter than usual contracting market. With permanent recruitment projects completed in late 2015, carry-over recruitment has been minimal and organisations have been able to focus on inducting new team members, resource planning for Q2, and as we typically expect of the January/February period, spending time with family and enjoying well earned breaks before the year kicks off in earnest.


The market remains heavily in favour of permanent recruitment, with contract recruitment just starting to come back online; a market which has been subdued since the end of Q3 2015. Recruitment of permanent positions is tending to be well planned, highly targeted and either replacing departing team members (and looking for like-for-like) or adding very specific skills to existing teams. Software Development, Business Intelligence and Professional Services have been our 3 key recruitment areas, with a small bubble of Senior/Leadership positions, which is great to see given the scarcity of these opportunities in late 2015.


People Demand | Sourced - Christchurch IT Recruitment

The drop off of contract resource demand in 2015 is slowly returning to balance with a lot of our experienced/Senior level contractors now re-engaging in local projects. We are not seeing a huge volume of growth in the project space, with contractors being used more regularly to lead, engage in or support existing projects needing extra resource or smaller projects that are not able to be resourced internally. Testers, Business Analysts and Project Managers are first off the rank, with little movement in the contract software development market right now.


As with 2015, we are continuing to recruit a strong volume of candidates from offshore, new to Christchurch, or returning home, as those employees now in work locally keep their heads down. There has been little appetite in the new year for local employees to move about, and now is the time we would typically see this movement, which speaks volumes of the market, the efforts of local employers to improve reward and retention strategies, and the opportunities already in play within our tech sector. Our local candidates that we are recruiting are tending to be those returning home, moving from contracting into permanent positions, those affected by redundancies in 2015 or moving from study into full time employment.


A trend we have been watching with a lot of interest is the movement of our Senior Leaders, CIO’s and Technology Managers moving out of the permanent market and looking to embark on solo projects, consulting engagements or just taking the time out to reflect, re-energise and reengage. We openly recognise that there remains a ceiling in the Canterbury tech sector market for our aspiring leaders, and we wonder what the answer to the ‘where to from here’ question will shape up to be, because there are many people asking it. This seems to be particularly true with those who have risen through the ranks quickly, and have perhaps discovered there is more they are looking for. But where does that ‘more’ exist? Many are answering it in many different ways, from starting new consulting businesses to taking a full change in career direction, to simply stepping back to spend time with family and reevaluate. If you have a take on this, we’d love to hear it.

Hot Jobs

Junior level:

We are currently recruiting a Junior - Intermediate .NET Developer for Orion Health. This role predominantly entails Windows application development in C#, working on a very large and complex product that is being implemented right here in the South Island. Great culture, very mature Agile development processes and access to global projects!

Intermediate level:

We are currently recruiting a Technical Support Specialist for Trimble Navigation. The Support Engineer is responsible for providing high-quality technical support for the Trimble Connect SaaS application. This person will also work on other documentation projects as required. Support Engineers deliver effective technical customer support to our rapidly growing customer base, delivering solutions to both technical and non-technical end users while also supporting a wide range of technologies.


Senior level:

We are currently recruiting a BI focused Business Analyst for McKesson group. This is a great opportunity to combine your BA, Agile and BI skills into a role that traverses both external consulting and internal development. Lead a proactive TDD Agile development team delivering quality BI solutions to Australasian companies.

Within Sourced Walls

We all enjoyed a very well deserved break across Christmas/New Year and have come into the New Year rearing to go. Our team remains stable with an Operational/Leadership and Consulting team of 7 and while we expect further growth this year, we are enjoying a stable and highly engaged team who work exceptionally well together.


We are looking forward to some upcoming community events, which we really enjoy getting involved with, including hosting two further Ronald McDonald dinner programme nights, where we will invite a number of clients to join us in feeding the families of the house, and a Hoyts Premiere Screening night, raising funds for Cholmondeley Children’s Home - a fantastic organisation really making a difference in the community.


In late March, we were pleased to promote the Canterbury IT industry at the Lincoln University Careers Exhibition. Alongside companies from a variety of industries, we chatted to the next generation of IT people and spread the word on current IT demands and trends. It's always great to be touching base with the new influx of Canterbury IT talent and helping them understand the market as they transition from academia into the commercial world.

Institute of IT Professionals New Zealand | Sourced - Christchurch IT Recruitment


Since January our Operations Manager, Hannah Iranon, has joined one of the oldest and most trusted IT bodies in New Zealand: the Institute of IT Professionals (IITP). As a coordinator for the Christchurch region, she is contributing to the betterment of the Christchurch IT community through assisting the IITP in improving the education and professional development of IT professionals as well as working with the government and the education sector to further promote and advocate for the IT industry in New Zealand.


We really enjoy opportunities to engage with industry and the community above and beyond our day to day work, and these are just a few examples of how we’re doing it.

Who's in demand?

As with Q4 of 2015, demand remains very much focussed on Software Development, with an increase in demand for BI (contract and permanent), Project Management (contract and permanent) and Leadership roles. Permanent recruitment is far outweighing contract, and roles are tending to be at a mid-Senior and Management level.


Contract requirements are tending to be in the Test, PM and BA space, but we are seeing many contractors returning to previous projects, adding support or bolstering existing teams as opposed to being heavy influencers.

General Round Up

The market continues to hold buoyancy, however it would best be described as 'stable’ as opposed to in growth mode, with demand leaning heavily towards permanent, and candidates reasonably available provided there is flexibility to consider non-New Zealand natives. There is little movement within Christchurch unless candidates are ‘actively sought’ and there remains a really untapped market in the mid level, new to New Zealand candidate market. These individuals are bringing in excellent technical skills and experience, and a desire to learn and grow within an NZ workplace.

Many of our leaders are on the move, or looking for the next move, so we watch with interest as this has the potential to have a significant impact locally, and also affords rare new opportunities to those on the cusp of leadership.


We expect Q2 to gain pace as we move into the new financial year, planning is completed and projects start to come onstream. While possibly at a slight pause point, the market does look set to go again and we will look forward to updating you on this is in our next report.


Did You Know?

There have also been some interesting shifts in the demographics of the Christchurch IT market. We have seen a 26% increase in women participating in our Sourced Report survey, which is testament to the greatwork that local organisations are doing locally to attract a greater level of diversity to the Canterbury technology sector.


We have also seen a rise in the number of 31-40 year old respondents to the survey, rising by 35%. This is likely due to a bubble of people making the jump from the 20-30 year old demographic. When looked at in the longterm, this change also explains other trends, such as the importance of pay as a motivator decreasing as the workforce ages, with that generation starting to get married, buy houses and have families.


This has also had an effect on the other end of the age scale, with the numbers of respondents over 50 years old having dropped by 19%. This is something the industry needs to be cautious of as this trend continues to develop.


Demographics of the Christchurch IT Market | Sourced - Christchurch IT Recruitment
Take a further look at this, and more insights into the Christchurch IT market, in the latest Sourced Report.

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Sourced Quarterly Market Update - December 2015

21 Dec 15 by Michelle

Sourced Quarterly Market Update - December 2015

Welcome to our year end quarterly market update. We at Sourced very much enjoyed the break after what has been a busy and eventful 2015. We may have all headed off in different directions, but all with the common theme of time well spent unwinding, spending time with family and generally making the most of the summer season.

General Comments

As we look back over the last 3 months of the year, there has been a continuation of the heavy swing back in favor of permanent recruitment over contract recruitment with a continued ongoing demand for mid-senior level Software Developers and Software Testers. Recruitment remains a direct result of increased confidence and strong pipelines of work that necessitate the growing of internal teams, and we are not seeing any let up in this as we move into 2016. Contract opportunities are still there in ones and two's, however for now, it is most definitely a permanent employment market. While we recruit predominantly in the Canterbury region, our reach continues to grow, with Dunedin becoming a real emerging market as their market and economy continue to boom. Again, recruitment is mostly geared towards permanent roles, however watch this space as the early months of the new year will often see a sudden and short spike in demand for contract resource.


We are continuing to draw heavily on international and ex-pat candidate markets, but these numbers have balanced out against candidates moving from within New Zealand and within the Canterbury region. Those choosing to move within the Christchurch market have tended to be moving for Senior/Executive roles, very specialist roles, or roles for which they have been specifically headhunted by clients for their skills and capability. On the whole, there is still a high level of stability and low staff turn over in the Christchurch market and little appetite to be moving, which we would always expect for this time of year.


We expect to see a flurry in activity in the early months of 2016 as people come back from breaks away and start to consider their futures, so it's a timely reminder to be thinking about engagement, retention and reward strategies to ensure high performing teams are in place for the year.


Hot Jobs:

Junior level

Service Desk Analyst (Level 1 & 2)

Email and telephone based, you will be the customer support lifeline. You will offer 1st and 2nd line analysis, support, and fault resolution where applicable. This is a great mix of hands on, customer support and fault analysis, and will expose you to a broad range of systems and technologies


Intermediate level

Embedded Control Systems Engineer

This interesting and challenging role is focused on the post-release product life cycle for Hamilton Jet's electronic control system products. We are looking for an intermediate level electronics engineer to provide high level technical and systems support for product applications, manufacturing, supply chain and field support.


Senior level

Software Tester

Working alongside the Test Team Leader, you will be assisting with the continued development of first class test practices, providing mentoring to other team members as needed, and working as an active team member on enterprise scale Agile development projects. Projects are varied, with a mix of web, enterprise application, and BI focus, and testing is across smoke, functional, regression, load, and acceptance testing.


Within Sourced Walls

We are extremely fortunate to have built a highly engaged, committed, fun team at Sourced, and we've had a great 3 months. As a group we have bedded in our two new consultants and really grown as a team. As you'll no doubt understand, teams can often be hard to build and even harder to retain, particularly in competitive markets. So we feel very fortunate to maintain both a high level of team retention, and growth this year that has also added to the internal dynamic.


We have further growth plans for 2016 as demand for our services increases, and we look forward to keeping you abreast of this as the year progresses. We have just wrapped up our CIO and senior management recruitment project for the Dunedin City Council, which has been hugely successful. We were really impressed with the calibre of candidates expressing an interest in the DCC, and have recruited people from Hungary, the UK, Australia, and the North Island and Southland, so there's a very broad range coming in. Dunedin is such an exciting, emerging city and offers significant lifestyle benefits which were very easy to present to potential candidates. Feedback has been really positive around the outdoor opportunities, family friendly facilities, cost of living benefits and the ability to grow meaningful careers without the drawbacks of large city life.


We recently celebrated a year in our new office on St Asaph Street, and it's definitely been an eventful year in terms of new bars, restaurants, offices, and other businesses joining us in the central city. The Innovation Precinct will next year welcome Vodafone, Wynyard and Kathmandu, and we have watched with interest the building of the new eCan facility drectly opposite us which will bring several hundred staff back to the city. For those with more of a family focus, we are also very excited about the opening of the new Margaret Mahy central city play space, and the return of families to the city as it begins to find it's feet once again.


A big thank you to our Sourced Contractor crew who joined us this month for an end of year/Christmas celebration in the office. It was really great to see you all, and to celebrate all that this year has brought, and have a chance to meet each other, given the diversity of the organisations we currently engage contractors for.


Who's in demand

As with Q3, demand is still very much focused towards Software Development and Testing, and predominantly on a permanent basis. We have had a burst of Senior Management/Executive recruitment, including the Dunedin City Council, however most recruitment has been at the operational/development level.


We have seen an increase, which has been a purposeful focus shift for Sourced, for permanent resource in the R&D/Embedded Technologies space. This is very much a growing market for us and we have been delighted to work with a number of established and growing R&D organisations growing their permanent embedded team base.


Contracting is still very quiet at the moment, with permanent recruitment far outweighing requirements, and we expect this to be the case into the first few months of the new year, however watch for that spike in contract requirements around February/March time.


General round up

The market continues to hold buoyancy, and has steadily built as we've moved towards the end of the year. We expect this to continue in earnest as we enter 2016, with demand leaning heavily towards permanent, and candidates reasonably available provided there is flexibility to consider non-New Zealand natives.


As we talked about in our last report, there is still a really untapped market right now in the mid level, new to New Zealand candidate market, where individuals are bringing in excellent technical skills and experience, a desire to learn and grow within an NZ workplace. While there is always perceived risk, we have some really great success stories coming out of this candidate market, which we'd be happy to share should you wish to chat about this further.


The Sourced office will be closed from the end of Wednesday 23rd December, and reopening on Tuesday 5th of January. As a team we will be returning between the 5th to the 18th of January, however there will be full operational support available from the 5th.


Did you know?

Employee motivators are changing - financial incentives have become slightly less important as a contributor to work place satisfaction (down by 7% compared with March). Instead, the things employees enjoy most about their current role are more intrinsic, life-focused motivators such as flexible hours and having a broad variety of work. In addition to the above factors it is also clear that IT professionals highly value having the opportunity to work with latest and most interesting technologies.



Find out more in this past September's Sourced Report, and keep an eye out for the next one that comes out in March.

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Canterbury IT and Technology October 2015

16 Oct 15 by Michelle

Sourced Quarterly Market Update: Spring 2015

It's great to be in Canterbury at this time of year! 

Welcome to our regular quarterly market update. We hope you're enjoying the welcome return to the warm weather and longer days that Spring brings, and are making the most of the opportunities that the new season provides. 


The past 3 months have been a really positive period of growth for the Sourced team including some new faces, new clients and some really great high profile projects.

General Comments

The market has really swung heavily back in favor of permanent recruitment over contract recruitment in the past month, after a 6 month period of confidence in the contracting market.


We have also seen a strong return to recruitment of mid-senior level Software Developers and Software Testers, coming off the back of a period of intensive demand for BA and Project Management skills. Recruitment is as a direct result of increased confidence and strong pipelines of work that necessitate the growing of internal teams. We have also seen a number of clients recruiting in bulk, and a number of Senior/Executive level roles coming to market, which is reasonably rare for this time of year.


We really enjoyed the recent opportunity to partner with the Dunedin City Council on a number of senior roles including CIO as they prepare for some significant transformational change. While we recruit predominantly in the Canterbury region, our reach continues to grow, with Dunedin becoming a real emerging market as their market and economy continue to boom.


The drop off in contract resource demand this last month has been quite definite, coming off a very busy recruitment period in the preceding 6 months. While we had previously seen a very solid demand for contract Business Analysts, Project Managers and Testers, projects also appear to have slowed, with work more focused on longer term objectives and business-

Candidates are coming to Christchurch from across New Zealand, and the world - Sourced Quarterly Market Update: Spring 2015

as-usual activity. Whilst our contractor base continues to grow, we are most definitely moving towards a model where the majority have completed assignments with us before and come highly recommended and are able to be deployed as opposed to growing to keep up with a buoyant market.


We are also continuing to recruit an increased number of candidates from offshore, new to Christchurch, or returning home; as those employees now in work locally keep their heads down and focus on projects ahead, having little appetite to change employers at this stage of the year. This may well change, though this has been the norm for the past 5-6 months and heading towards Christmas we don't expect to see a lot of movement here. February-March time is typically when we will see a level of churn at the local level, so now is a good time to be reflecting on staff retention and engagement initiatives.


Hot Jobs:

Junior level

Javascript Developer


With a strong focus on service quality and delivery, our client develops applications for a global client base. To continue to deliver a superior user experience we need a Software Engineer to work with other developers and UX designers to bring designs to life as scalable and secure web-based software. This is a unique opportunity to sharpen your development skills in an advanced technical environment using JavaScript, CSS, SASS and HTML5.


Intermediate level

Mobile Developer (contract to perm)


Our client is a leading developer of augmented reality (AR) hardware, software and experiences. They are now building a development centre in Christchurch, focused on open-source development of the foundation layer of future AR systems, and we are seeking world-class developers to join the team. For the role of Mobile Developer – iOS we’re seeking a developer with strong iOS development skills, and experience in augmented reality, virtual reality, computer vision, or other real-time software. Essential skills and experience include Strong C and Objective-C skills, 3D graphics and OpenGL, experience with imaging on mobile platforms, a strong problem-solving mentality, professional approach to relations with colleagues and customers, and the ability to take on varying roles in a small team.


Senior level

Senior Infrastructure Specialist


This is an outstanding opportunity to join an established Infrastructure Support & Engineering team, as a Senior Infrastructure Specialist. You can expect to be hands on with latest version enterprise Microsoft technologies, Sharepoint, and moving to Azure cloud technologies in the very near future. You could be an experienced mid level Systems Engineer ready to take the next step, or a Senior Systems Engineer/Administrator looking to move into a fast paced, rapidly evolving technical environment with this progressive Australasian business.


You will act as a Senior Engineer within the Infrastructure team designing, implementing and supporting a large and geographically dispersed corporate IT environment. Sitting within a team of Tier 2 Technical/Desktop support administrators and systems administrators who are supporting enterprise applications and systems such as Microsoft Office 360 and Windows 8, you will mentor and support more junior team members while taking on technical leadership responsibilities.


Within Sourced Walls

Canterbury Software Cluster logo - Sourced Quarterly Market Update: Spring 2015As mentioned above, we have been very fortunate to be able to grow the Sourced team in a short space of time this quarter, bringing two new recruitment consultants into the team. Hamish Calder has come across to join us from Enterprise Recruitment where he had successfully built a portfolio of IT clients, and we have also welcomed Carolyn Esterhuizen who was recently arrived in New Zealand from South Africa. We look forward to being able to introduce Hamish and Carolyn to you as the opportunity presents itself. This brings our total team to 7 now, servicing clients right across the South Island, as always with a predominant focus on the Canterbury region.


You may have seen us at the recent Canterbury Software Summit, an event we are very pleased to be able to sponsor on an annual basis, and possibly the pinnacle of the Canterbury tech sector annual calendar. This year was an outstanding success with around 550 attendees. Once again you would have found our stand in the exhibition space this year and we really enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with clients and candidates alike including many faces from the past! 

https://sourced.nz/Report/sourced-it-and-technology-report-september-2015


Back in the Sourced office, we are continuing to enjoy the increasing pace of the rebuild here in central city, and trying out the local eateries and cafes that are popping up with increased frequency. Right opposite the Sourced building, we have been watching the rapid construction of the new Environment Canterbury HQ which will bring back several hundred employees into the central city. They will no doubt enjoy our favorite Indian Restaurant downstairs, Coriander's, on their arrival!


The latest instalment of the Sourced Report was released earlier this month, you'll note that we've also pulled the reports into the main Sourced website to make it easier to read.

Who's in demand

Demand has very much focused back towards Software Development and Testing over the past 3 months, after a period of sustained demand in the Professional Services space. Currently, recruitment is predominantly on a permanent basis, with a burst of Senior Management/Executive recruitment, including the recruitment of the new CIO for the House of Travel Holdings Group and Dunedin City Council.


Contracting has quickly gone very quiet, however it has been very buoyant when looking back over the last 6 months. In current conditions, permanent recruitment far outweighs contract requirements.

General round up

As it was at the end of the last quarter, the market continues to hold buoyancy, 

while best described as 'balanced' with demand leaning heavily towards permanent, and candidates reasonably available provided there is flexibility to consider tho

se from further afield.


As we head towards Christmas we expect contract requirements to fall off further, whilst permanent recruitment tends to remain steady right up until the break with a view to starting new team members in the new year. This is a great example of how quickly things can change around us, as the eagle-eyed of you will note that our most recent Sourced Report discusses a period where contracting has been uncharacteristically strong (data gathered in the period up to early September).


We hope to have the opportunity to catch up with you before the festive season is upon us, and as always if we can help in any way feel free to call, email or visit us in the office for a chat.


Did you know?


30% of Christchurch technology professionals moved jobs in the past half-year. This figure is significantly more than the previous period through to March, increasing by 9%. This indicates that employees are increasingly prepared to look externally for new challenges and opportunities if these are not available with their current employer. 



Read more of the latest Sourced Report here.

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July 2015 market update for Canterbury IT

20 Jul 15 by Michelle

Ted the BRT joins Sourced's IT market update

The shortest day has been, it's nearly Summer?!

Welcome to our regular quarterly market update. We hope you're keeping warm and well, and indoors through this cold patch. We've all been watching out the window hopefully over the past week or two looking for snow, but it would appear we are only going to be treated to cold temperatures and the odd sleety shower, as opposed to the white stuff!


The past 3 months have been a busy period for the Sourced team on a work and home front. We have enjoyed the pitter patter of new feet in the office (all four of them), have been active outside of work with some really great community focussed initiatives, and while the market appears to have dipped slightly, we have been enjoying a strong mix of contracting and permanent roles coming to market, keeping our feet firmly in both camps.

General Comments

The market appears to have stabilized as we've hit mid year, with a lot of planned growth recruitment complete. Projects are either in ramp down or in the early stages, and a high level of employee retention means roles that we are recruiting have tended to be specialist, in direct response to discrete pieces of work, or planned recruitment without the absolute urgency we have seen earlier in the year. 


We have definitely seen a lift in demand for contracting resource, again as employers look further out and identify that requirements are discrete, well packaged pieces of work that do not warrant permanent investment in, or where specialist skills are required to be injected to get work across the line. We have thoroughly enjoyed maintaining a committed group of specialist contractors/consultants who we have been able to move from one project to another, ensuring we are delivering a continued level of service, and our contractors enjoy the benefits of the client network we have built over the past few years. While we continue to grow our contractor base, we are most definitely moving towards a model where the majority have completed assignments with us before and come highly recommended.


We are recruiting an increased number of candidates from offshore, new to Christchurch, or returning home, as those employees now in work locally keep their heads down and focus on projects ahead, having little appetite to change employers at this stage of the year. This may well change, however for now we are seeing that staff turnover is very low and we are predominantly recruiting into new positions across the board.


We have seen an interesting bubble of candidates coming to us from South America, meeting and/or placing at least 8 individuals over the last 3 months being from the Argentina/Brazil areas. We're not quite sure what is driving this, however we have had some really great talent arriving from the region.


Some interesting points to come out of CDC's recent Economic briefing:

  • 5000 migrants to Christchurch last 13 months - only half of these for the rebuild 
  • 3% unemployment, close to 2% male unemployment 
  • Innovation precinct - 70% full, Kathmandu, Wynyard, Vodafone (cornerstone), Greenhouse (incubator). Starting to be discussed internationally.

New ‘SIGNAL’ for ICT industry and growth in Christchurch


Another week, another big announcement about the growth of the IT sector here in Christchurch. Minister Steven Joyce was on hand last week to announce two new ICT graduate schools: one to be established in Auckland, and another in the Innovation Precinct right here in Christchurch.


The South Island school will be called the South Island Graduate Network and Lab (SIGNAL), hosted by the South Island Tertiary Alliance—a partnership of the University of Canterbury, Christchurch Polytechnic and Institute of Technology (CPIT), Lincoln University, Otago Polytechnic and the University of Otago.


Once fully established, these graduate schools are expected to train in excess of 350 students per year. Here at the Christchurch school, programmes will focus on key ICT areas relevant to the regional economy, including agri-tech, health technology, and communications products and services.


Our industry needs these skilled graduates to keep feeding our growth. The 350 per year expected to graduate from these schools are a good start, but we’ll need even more yet to become the economic powerhouse in New Zealand that we know the tech sector can be.


It’s also another welcome cornerstone tenant in the burgeoning Innovation Precinct, joining the Lightning Lab, Wynyard Group, Vodafone and others as key tenants at the eastern end of the CBD. With progress well underway on the new construction in this area, we’re entering perhaps the most exciting phase yet of the rebuild for this zone.

Hot Jobs:

Junior level

Junior - Desktop Support Engineer (6 Month FTC)


Working in a close knit, dedicated team of Desktop Support Engineers, you will be acting as an escalation point for any desktop issues, providing break fix support, assisting with desktop projects and contributing to the stability and robustness of the desktop environment, within an enterprise business setting.


For more information contact Michelle Bishop (+6434202999)


Intermediate level

McKesson - Applications Analyst

This is a role that has a stronger emphasis on L2/3 technical analysis, including tracking of issues, testing, documentation and working with the development team to address critical fixes.


You will be working with end user customers both by phone and email, triaging issues as they present, working through the best route to resolution with the support of the local development team. As the applications our client delivers are heavily data driven, experience analysing, testing, and resolving issues within a SQL database/datawarehouse environment would be highly regarded.


For more information contact Michelle Bishop (+6434202999)


Senior level

House of Travel - IT Director


At House of Travel we're travellers at heart, passionate about seeking out new experiences and sharing them with fellow Kiwis. This is an exciting and rare opportunity for an experienced, ambitious IT Director to join New Zealand's most successful kiwi-owned travel business.


The IT Director role is well positioned to make the most of an established, yet continually evolving wider group strategy, with a focus on executing against long term business objectives. Working closely with the Group Strategy Director, the IT Director will consult and feed into the group strategy, specifically in the area of technology and innovation.


For more information contact Michelle Bishop (+6434202999)


Within Sourced Walls

Taking pictures of a black dog is harder than it should beAs we alluded to above, there has been the pitter patter of new paws in the Sourced office, with Ted the Black Russian Terrier finding his puppy feet with us over the next month or two. While we have managed to keep him behind doors, he is available to meet and greet on request. We are expecting to announce a new addition to our consulting team over the next month or so also - so please watch this space!


Ronald McDonald House Charities New ZealandWe really enjoyed hosting a number of clients recently for our Ronald McDonald House Dinner programme, where we served up dinner to 45 family members staying at the house. Many of our clients weren't aware that The House relies on businesses and local individuals to provide meals to the house every night of the week, and they are not always able to achieve this. We thoroughly enjoyed our two nights, meeting the parents and kids staying at the house, and coordinating feeding many hungry mouths, with just an hour and a half to plate up. Many of our clients commented that they would be taking this programme back to their own work places, so we really felt that this was a great result. 


We are just starting to look ahead to the second half of this year and how we continue to get involved with our local community. If you have any great ideas you'd like to contribute please let us know!


Otherwise we have been business as usual here at Sourced, enjoying the increasing pace of the rebuild here in central city, and trying out the local eateries and cafes that are popping up with increased frequency.


Lookout for us as sponsors at Canterbury Software Summit, which is approaching with increasing pace. The Lightning Lab Business Accelerator 2015 program is looking for interns at the moment - head to the link (Facebook page) for more info.

Who's in demand

Demand has been broad and varied over the past 3 months. We appear to have had a bit of a bubble in the demand of Level 1 & 2 Applications Support Analysts at a technical level, and for contractor and permanent staff in the Data Migration, SQL, BI space.


Contracting on the whole has been buoyant with demand for Testers, BA's, Project Managers and BI Specialists. On the permanent front, other than Application Support Analysts, we have been busy across the usual Developer/QA areas with a slight dip in Engineering/Infrastructure requirements.


We have seen some great specialist and Senior Management roles coming to market, recently recruiting in the PreSales space for a brand new vendor to New Zealand, and we have underway recruitment for the new IT Director at House of Travel group.

General round up

The market continues to hold buoyancy, while best described as 'balanced' with demand even across contracting and permanent, and candidates reasonably available provided there is flexibility to consider non-New Zealand natives.


There is a really untapped market right now in the mid level, new to New Zealand candidate market, where individuals are bringing in excellent technical skills and experience, a desire to learn and grow within an NZ workplace. While there is always perceived risk, we have some really great success stories coming out of this candidate market, which we'd be happy to share should you wish to chat about this further.

Did you know?

We created a series of short videos that cover what we stand for at Sourced. We've included one below, but head over to our Facebook page or Youtube channel to view some more. We did love our day in a recording studio!



As always, keep in touch and we look forward to catching up with you soon!

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Sourced - sponsor of Lightning Lab Christchurch

1 Jun 15 by Jason

Lightning Lab Christchurch sponsor by Sourced


Sourced is a sponsor of Lightning Lab Christchurch, New Zealand’s premiere business accelerator, and we think this is an opportunity you should seriously consider.

Lightning Lab takes high-growth tech startups and provides them with seed funding and access to more than 100 mentors and advisors from across New Zealand and around the globe. Teams are paid to work full-time on their startups and are provided with resources, expertise, networks and structure to grow and prepare for investment. At the end of the 12 week programme teams pitch to investors at a high-profile investor showcase event known as Demo Day.

Startups must have a market opportunity and ambition to grow quickly but can be at a pre-revenue stage or have paying customers.

Check out the Lightning Lab website lightninglab.co.nz/christchurch or get in touch with the team directly with questions: Programme Director geoff.brash@lightninglab.co.nz and Programme Manager charlie.tomlinson@lightninglab.co.nz

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Sourced Report March 2015 | IT sector

31 Mar 15 by Jason

These six-monthly reports provide Canterbury employers an insight into the emerging trends in the Canterbury IT market.

Competition is returning to the Canterbury IT sector and employees are upping their game in response, as expectations continue to rise around Christchurch’s role as New Zealand’s tech-hub.

To put some actual shape around what we often report as the state of the Canterbury IT scene, we have created the Sourced Report which features the results of a six-monthly survey sent to a database of Christchurch IT employers, employees and job seekers registered with Sourced. While it restates what we continue to talk about, having the data to back us up is proving invaluable for some customers who are using the findings to formally support business decisions where people from outside of Christchurch or New Zealand are involved.


Besides, who doesn't love data?




The report can be seen below, but also downloaded as a PDF or read again from http://sourcedreport.co.nzPage 1 of Sourced Report March 2015| Competition is returning to the IT sectorPage 2 of Sourced Report March 2015| Competition is returning to the IT sectorPage 3 of Sourced Report March 2015| Competition is returning to the IT sector


Competition coming back to the Christchurch IT sector

For the first time since the earthquakes, the IT sector is experiencing a significant boost in competition within the industry. The rebuild has brought some good opportunities, but also a good deal of competition for roles, and employees are upping their game in response and taking the chance to demand more from their employers.


The uncertain period since 2011 led to many employees place job security above anything else, but there is a sense that employees are now seeking more challenges, opportunities and remuneration.


There is new evidence that businesses have become comfortable with their wage rates, but as the sector grows employees will be looking for more competitive offers. Most employers believe they are paying the market rates, but the past 12 months have seen an increase to 35% of employees saying their salary does not meet their expectations (based on their skills and the industry average).

While survey responses generally acknowledged a dip in the importance of salary after a significant time in the industry (seniority) and after a certain salary level was reached, it would seem that the importance of strong remuneration has generally increased in importance (to 85%) for those considering employment opportunities. Indications are that this is for purposes of family provision, keeping up with increasing living costs in Canterbury and inflation. Many employees noted the importance of fair remuneration in comparison to market rates and the desire to have steadily increasing remunerations (ideally annually).

Professional development more important for retaining staff

Christchurch employees appear to be settling into working life and are placing a greater demand on their employers for professional development. Since August 2014, there has been a 10% increase in people benefitting from professional development at work, while there has been a small drop in those having flexible working hours. However, employees still feel more training is needed to help in-house progression, as only 47% currently benefit from professional development. The sector has also seen a 4.5% increase in staff churn since August, and employers could expect to see this rise if employees’ development needs are not met.


On the whole, those within the IT community see a vibrant, innovative IT sector as vitally important to the Christchurch rebuild. IT is seen as a change enabler, bringing more job opportunities, investment and a stronger market to the city. The current season is seen as a prime time for Christchurch to re-invent itself as a technologically modern city, but as the rebuild charges forward, how is the sector keeping up?

Contracting an attractive option

Christchurch has a small but steadily increasing pool of IT contractors and employers are becoming more open to using them. The significant amount of project work available means demand for talent is high but varied, meaning employers are not always in a position to appoint a full time role.


Businesses’ intentions around employing contractors have remained steady over the last 12 months, with 96.8% preferring to fill roles with permanent staff. However, employers have indicated that an increase in the contract talent pool would continue to make contracting a more attractive and viable option to them.


Key reasons for hiring


  1. New work/projects 
  2. Replacement of staff
  3. Increased demand from customers
  4. Increased demand of IT within the organisation  
  5. Technology upgrades


The Christchurch IT and technology market is maturing

The past 12 months have seen a significant increase in the percentage of employers filling vacant roles through internal promotion, from 24.1% in February 2014 to 50% in February 2015.


As business continues to return to normal, postearthquake, this is a sign that the IT sector is maturing and in-house professional development is preparing employees to take the next step in their career.


While this is great for businesses, some employees who are looking to progress outside their organisation or are new to the Christchurch market are indicating that companies tend to be insular in their recruitment and are primarily promoting from within. There is however, a steadily increasing trend indicating that the Christchurch market is becoming more hospitable to career minded employees.


New work and projects boosting IT demand

New projects are continuing to drive IT recruitment in Christchurch, as over two thirds of the total hiring intention within the next six months is to meet this demand. Evidence for this is also seen in the types of roles employers are looking to recruit, with software developers still in highest demand. In addition to this the percentage of employers needing project managers has doubled in the last six months, while the need for help desk/ support roles has tripled, indicating a number of projects are reaching implementation phase and additional resource is needed for customer support as other roles experience increased workload.

Supporting growth in Christchurch IT

As Christchurch continues to grow, more and more startups and SMEs are popping up in the city. IT support is still significant for the success of these businesses, and those working in the sector have started seeing the outcomes of some of their initiatives.


UPCOMING IT ROLES
 

  1. Software developer
  2. Help desk/support
  3. Project manager/ leader
  4. Management
  5. Testing/quality assurance
  6. Architect
  7. Business analyst
  8. DBA database developer
  9. Hardware engineer
  10. Software architect

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April 2015 IT and Tech scene update

1 Apr 15 by Jason

IT and Technology update | Permanent and contracting on the rise

Easter Eggs at Sourced

Happy Easter!

We hope the last few months have treated you well and you are looking forward to the long weekend ahead, and indulging in far too many eggs and hot cross buns! It's been a very busy few months for the Sourced team as we head into Autumn and we're all looking forward to a bit of a pause and a chance to enjoy the remaining warm days before Winter arrives.

You will hopefully have received your Sourced Report this week (http://sourcedreport.co.nz/) which we run biannually, and gives you a really informative view of what's been happening in the Christchurch tech sector, themes, intentions and general confidence levels. Thank you to everybody who participated in the survey which pulls this data together, and hope you find it to be a useful tool.


The last 3 months have been a busy time for the team, with a constant flow of both contracting and permanent opportunities, and a definite trend of movement within the local market from candidates both moving to new permanent and contracting roles. We are expecting to see this continue towards mid year as employee and employer confidence remains high and companies continue to grow and offer outstanding opportunities to the market.


General Comments


When we look over the past 3 months, a really interesting trend has continued to hold, which has been the majority of Sourced permanent placements a result of individuals moving within the city. Now we have seen a number of people unfortunately fall victim to redundancies, come off fixed term contracts or make the decision to transition from permanent to contracting work or vice versa, so this should not make employers too nervous. On the whole, retention remains high among the majority of our clients, and the majority of those moving about locally are doing so for very specific reasons.


Sourced Report 2015 IT and Technology permanent and contracting updates

A really interesting statistic that has come out of the Sourced report is the significant increase in the percentage of employers filling vacant roles through internal promotion, rising from 24.1% in February 2014 to 50% in February 2015. We have also seen a return to optimism in terms of 'how easy is it to grow your career within Christchurch' within only 35% of respondents in February noting that they still found it hard. We are really pleased to see this as it feeds into the key drivers we are seeing for employees seeking new positions - career development, recognition. long term prospects and work life balance.


In terms of what is actually driving the recruitment market, we are seeing a very equal balance of contracting and permanent positions. In the contracting market, we have not been able to keep up with the shear demand for Testing resources, with demands from junior through to test team leadership. This has been followed by a mix of BA and PM requirements, technical writing, project support, web and engineering. We are finding that a lot of organisations are experiencing short term spikes of work, may not have the long term view to appoint permanently, or simply the time, and with contractors being available to start at very short notice and add immediate value, it's a very attractive offering.


In the permanent recruitment space we are seeing a real range of opportunities coming to market. It has certainly been a very busy time in the IT Management/Senior Team Leadership space with an unprecedented number of opportunities coming to market in the year to date. This has been met with enthusiasm from the market as these roles have historically been rare, and highly contested. Through these recruits we are getting exposure to the real depth that the market has to offer, the level of skills and experience that we hold locally, and how they contribute to the success of some really key local businesses. We are finding again that a lot of leaders have come to market through restructuring, reorganisation, or simply a time to reevaluate and so the impact on businesses losing leaders has actually been quite minimal, but the opportunity for hiring companies to pick from the cream of the crop has been exceptional.


We are also seeing an ongoing permanent demand for testers, software developers and technical engineers. Roles are tending to be very 'middle level', with only minor demands a the junior/grad and lower team lead/management levels.


From a client activity perspective, recruitment has been steady and focused, with a mixture of recruitment for projects coming onstream, growing existing teams, and some employee turnover. As we commented last quarter, a very measured approach has been taken with clients taking the time to ensure business requirements are well understood, technical and cultural fit aspects well assessed, and long term candidate motivations well understood to ensure a sustainable solution. Recruitment has been equally spread between permanent and contracting opportunities, with skill demands right across the board.

Hot Jobs:

Junior level

Junior - Intermediate Software Tester


You will be responsible for analysing, designing, developing and maintaining test systems in a continuous improvement environment. You will ensure that functional and non-functional requirements are implemented in accordance with business and technical specifications and get exposure to both manual and automated test methodologies


For more information contact Chris Woods (+6434202999)


Intermediate level

CCL - Systems Engineers

This role will specifically suit a high caliber Engineer looking for a great new environment, without the handbrake of bureaucracy. Company culture is important, therefore this role will only suit you if you are genuinely flexible, personable and can leave your ego at the door. We’re after an Engineer who can demonstrate talent, is willing to share their expertise with colleagues and clients, and who truly enjoys working in a team.


For more information contact Rachel Brown (+6434202999)


Senior level

CCC - IT Service Manager - Intergration and Interoperability


As the IT Service Manager - Integration & Interoperability your team of technical specialists will develop, deliver and support the Council's integration, and master data management capability, creating an open data environment where the community, other agency, business partners, can 'plug and play' to gain easy access to the Council's services and data. This newly created position is truly greenfields, with the opportunity to turn 'nothing into something', working from a blank sheet transforming the Council's current integration capability, with significant support from the CIO.


For more information contact Michelle Bishop (+6434202999)


Within Sourced Walls

We are now well and truly settled into our new office space at Level 1, 222 St Asaph Street. With purpose designed boardroom, meeting rooms and a larger space to accommodate the team, it’s been a fantastic move and we’re really pleased to seeing the ongoing developments within the CBD from our new space. We are however, eating far too much curry. If you are in the area, we can highly recommend Coriander's downstairs!


Ronald McDonald House Charities New Zealand

The Sourced team remain stable as we settle into the year and don't have any further plans for growth at this stage.


We are really looking forward to supporting Ronald McDonald House in May, inviting a number of clients to join us to cook an evening meal at the House through the Family Dinner Programme. As many as 26 families could be staying at Ronald McDonald House (South Island) on any given night. For some it is just an overnight stay, while for others it is a ‘home away from home’ for many months and frequent visits. We will be making the meal, setting the tables, serving the meals and then eating with the families. We have two nights booked in, and are really looking forward to it.

IT and Technology permanent and contracting update | April 2015

Once again Sourced has signed as sponsors for the Startup Weekend and the Canterbury Software Summit. We have added another event to our list this year and are programme sponsors of the Lightning Lab Business Accelerator 2015


Who's in demand

In the permanent space, demand has been broad and varied, with only two positions really standing out as volume recruitment efforts, These have been in the Senior Management/IT Management/CIO space and test areas.


In the software development space, demand has actually been quite stable with a quiet demand for .Net and web development skills, however with no significant volume or urgency. These roles tend to be based on decisions to bolster teams further, and so are more considered and tend to take a bit longer to come to market.


In the test space, the primary driver in the permanent space has been mid level Functional test expertise, with some automation. In the contracting space, demand has been at all levels, with particular call for seniors and test leads. These demands have been in response to key projects hitting roadblocks, needing additional support, guidance, or simply bums on seats to get work through.


In the professional services space, demand for BA’s and PM’s has been average, with a larger demand in the contracting space than permanent. We have certainly found in the PM space that supply currently outweighs demand, however this is a timing issue and we expect the pendulum to swing back by early new year.


In the infrastructure/engineering area we have again experienced an average level of demand, with a mix of contract and permanent opportunities, with more roles towards the level 1 Desktop Support end than Senior Systems Engineering. Helpdesk and Desktop level 1 roles have certainly picked up, predominantly in the contract and fixed term spaces, and usually to support critical periods of organisational busy-ness.


We continue to encourage graduate recruitment, but this is not a time we expect significant activity.


Overseas recruitment remains steady, with a number of returning kiwis, and new migrants seeing the opportunities on offer in Christchurch. While these numbers are not in significant volumes, they are rising, and we believe in response to the increased optimism in the local economy, employment market, the progression of the rebuild and the lifestyle benefits that are starting to return.


General round up

As we speed towards winter, we expect to see a consistent pace of recruitment across both contracting and permanent roles. There appear to be no signs of the current pace slowing, and we are looking forward to bringing you some great opportunities over the next few months as well as celebrating with clients as they grow their businesses and deliver on really key project milestones.


We are really enjoying the opportunity to work in a market that is buoyant, stable, mature and well organised.


The Sourced office will be closed for both Good Friday and Easter Monday, returning to BAU Tuesday 7th May.


As always, keep in touch and we look forward to catching up with you after a nice, loong weekend!

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Quarterly industry round-up from Sourced

1 Dec 14 by Jason

November 2014 - The latest insights in Christchurch IT

MOST INNOVATIVE USE OF INSIGHTS

End of Quarter/Year wrap up.

The end of year is nigh. Although we haven’t yet started the countdown to Christmas we’re all acutely aware that the year is wrapping up at a rapid pace, and the remaining days are filling up quickly. The last few months have been, to be honest, a bit of a blur in the Sourced office, but one very important stand out has been our recent success at the annual Seek SARA Awards.


For you who have been with us since the beginning, you’ll remember that we have been twice runner’s up, so it was with a huge amount of pride, relief and excitement that we were this year recognised as winners of the new format Seek SARA ‘Most Innovative Use of Insights’ award. Specifically recognising Jason’s work on the FluxNZ initiative (www.fluxnz.com), and the Sourced Report (http://sourcedreport.co.nz/), this award means a huge amount as it highlights the effort and committment Sourced pay to keeping our market up to date with participation, activity, movement and trends in the local IT sector.


FluxNZ and the Sourced Report are your key tools to understanding who’s who, developing what, moving where, seeking how much, and moving why. All available free to you. We hope you’re making the most of these essential resources. Watch for an updated Flux poster this week, showing the changes and additions since our launch earlier this year.


Our second major news, is the long awaited move into our brand new premises at 222 St Asaph Street (upstairs from the new Coriander’s flagship restaurant). Purpose built to accommodate our team and growing visitor volumes, we’re thoroughly enjoying the new location, although having to watch our waistlines at the same time (best Indian food in Christchurch is downstairs, in our humblest of opinions)!


The Sourced offices can be found in the top left of this picture - access is via the carpark found on Welles St.


The last 3-6 months have otherwise been a busy time for the team, with a constant flow of permanent recruitment requirements, an uplift in contracting opportunities, and a definite trend of movement within the local market from candidates both moving to new permanent and contracting roles. We are expecting a quiet start to the new year as clients and candidates take a well earned break, with the bulk of activity kicking into gear by early February.




General Comments

When we look over the past 3 months, a really interesting trend has emerged, with a huge 86% of permanent placements a result of individuals moving roles within the city. 8% were candidates returning home to Christchurch from oversea’s and 6% coming to Christchurch from overseas, specifically for work. These candidates were moving for a mixture of reasons, however when we compare this to the same time last year, when 41% of candidates placed in permanent work had not lived or worked in Christchurch previously, it’s a really interesting trend to be observing. It certainly confirms our finding in the lastest sourced report (http://sourced.kiwi/News/14/canterbury-tech-sector-august-2014-infographic/) noting that 72% of IT Professionals planned to start actively looking for a new role over the next 12 months. It’s certainly not a trend we’re encouraging given the ongoing shortage of talent in the region, and our focus remains firmly on talent growth from graduate pools and even earlier stages (http://www.codeclub.org.nz/), offshore recruitment, and encouraging professional development and promotion opportunities within organisations ensuring high levels of employee satisfaction and retention.


From a client activity perspective, recruitment has been steady and focused, with a mixture of recruitment for projects coming onstream, new teams being created, and employee turnover. A very measured approach has been taken with clients taking the time to ensure business requirements are well understood, technical and cultural fit aspects well assessed, and long term candidate motivations well understood to ensure a sustainable solution. Recruitment has leant towards permanent, however contracting opportunities have been very steady with key demands in the Development, BA and Infrastructure spaces.


In the permanent space, we have been recruiting right across the board with the usual developers and testers (automation) in higher demand. Demand for BA’s and PM’s has been average with key opportunities on projects and within growing teams. Systems Administration & Networking roles have been busier than usual, all being recruited to replace departing team members, either moving on to other opportunities, or other centres. Longer term sustained growth, and replacing outgoing team members have been the key drivers for recruitment, and again a steady approach has been applied to recruitment.


We have seen some restructuring across a number of organisations, however largely they have retained the majority of team members, and external movement has been more reflective of team members taking the opportunity to consider their options and look to new challenges for the new year. Candidates who have been affected by disestablishment have been picked up very quickly and have progressed on to other great roles, which is a great reflection of the overall buoyancy of the local market.



Junior level

Precision Tracking - Junior Java Developer


Precision Tracking develop highly accurate GPS mapping and vehicle tracking solutions. They can help organisations to keep track of every vehicle in their fleet, easily pinpoint where vehicles have travelled, identify fastest-route options, track off-road kilometres, use for accurate RUC rebate claims and keep accurate records of jobs completed. We are looking for a Graduate or Junior Developer to assist the current development team with maintenance and BAU. Development is in Java, C++, Ruby , and an interest in GIS is ideal.


For more information contact Chris Woods


Intermediate level

Diligent Board Books - Intermediate/Senior .Net Developers


Diligent are the creator of the world's most widely used board portal, Diligent has pioneered ease of use, stringent security and superior training and support since 2001. Boardbooks helps improve governance by facilitating communications and enabling a timely view of current and historical company information. Administrators can efficiently produce board materials, drastically cutting the time needed to prepare for a meeting. Moving from paper to portal also eliminates printing, shipping and travel costs while freeing up internal admin, IT, and support time. Diligent are recruiting at pace for Intermediate and Senior .Net Developers with experience in back end C#.Net application development, an interest in SAAS technologies, and a passion for Agile.


For more information contact Rachel Brown


Senior level

Trimble Navigation - Xamarin Developer


Though best known for GPS technology, Trimble integrates a wide range of positioning technologies including GPS, laser, optical and inertial technologies with application software, wireless communications, and services to provide complete commercial solutions. Its integrated solutions allow customers to collect, manage and analyze complex information faster and easier, making them more productive, efficient and profitable. We are looking for an experienced C#.Net Mobile Application Developer, ideally with Xamarin experience with a contract position starting immediately. Experience in C# coupled with Android or iOS development would also be highly regarded.


For more information contact Michelle Bishop



Within Sourced Walls

Chris, Rachel, Michelle and Jason pose with silly grins

As mentioned above, we have just in the last month moved into our new office space at Level 1, 222 St Asaph Street. This is our second and hopefully final move for the Sourced business and has been well over a year in the making. With purpose designed boardroom, meeting rooms and a larger space to accomodate the team, it’s a fantastic move and we’re really pleased to seeing the ongoing developments within the CBD from our new space.


The Sourced team remain stable with Hannah settling in well to her operations role and Chris Woods coming up to speed as our newest Recruitment Consultant. It’s been a busy year and we know the whole team are looking forward to the upcoming break and a chance to recharge the batteries.

From an external facing perspective, Jason and Ben Reid from Memia are looking forward to the continuing evolution of FluxNZ in 2015, and the Seek SARA Award has been a huge payback for the effort that has gone into this initiative this year.

Otherwise, it really has been a very stable and productive time and we expect this to remain constant over the final weeks in the lead up to Christmas.

Image: Chris, Rachel, Michelle and Jason posing with silly grins at the Seek Awards 




Have you set up some job alerts yet? Development to Project Management jobs



Who's in demand

In the permanent space, demand has been broad and varied, with only two positions really standing out as volume recruitment efforts, These have been in the Development and Test Automation areas.


In the software development space, demand has again been broad, across mobile application, front end web, Java and .Net development, and as a result of projects, new teams being built, and staff turnover.


In the Test Automation space, there has been an uplift in demand for Test Automation engineers, those equipped to not only administer, but actually architect, develop and delivery full automated test suites. A very tough skill to find, we are increasingly looking offshore for this talent set.


In the Professional Services space, demand for BA’s and PM’s has been average, with a larger demand in the contracting space than permanent. We have certainly found in the PM space that supply currently outweighs demand, however this is a timing issue and we expect the pendulum to swing back by early new year.


In the Infrastructure/Engineering area we have again experienced an avergae level of demand, with a mix of contract and permanent opportunities, ranging from level 1 Desktop Support to Senior Systems Engineering. Helpdesk has been a very quiet area, as has architecture, with the predominant demand in mid-senior level hands on Microsoft engineering skills.


We continue to encourage graduate recruitment, and have been leveraging a number of graduates into temporary contracting roles as a way of securing first commercial experiences. This has been highly successful and acts as a really important feeder into the permanent market.


Overseas recruitment has been quieter in the last 3 months of this year, however we expect this given we are so close to Christmas and would be looking to the new year and beyond to ramp up in this area.



General round up

As we speed towards Christmas, we expect to see a rapid wind down of new opportunities to market, and a focus on finishing up exisiting recruitment projects and planning for the new year.


We remind clients that there is a really great opportunity in the late December/early January time frame to be advertising ahead of any requirements for the first quarter of 2015, as this is a time where typically candidates are quite active and recruitment activity quite low. If you’re keen to get ahead of the game, this is the time to do it.


We are really enjoying the opportunity to work in a market that is currently very buoyant, stable and well organised. Solid decision making processes are in place for hiring decisions, and we’re seeing some great candidates move off into really exciting new roles.


We expect 2015 to be another busy year, and are looking forward to connecting with you all when we return in January.


The Sourced office will be closed from December 24th - early January.


As always, keep in touch and we look forward to catching up with you, rested, relaxed and revitalised in January.

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Canterbury tech sector August 2014 | Infographic

3 Sep 14 by Jason

Canterbury tech sector, August 2014 | The Sourced Report Infographic

Here is the second in a new series of infographics that is designed to inform and guide business and individuals working in the Canterbury IT and tech scene.


Released every 6 months, the Sourced Report will highlight the changes in the industry as the year progresses, ensuring that those involved in the local scene are up to date with the moods and attitudes of all contributors, employees, employers and jobseekers alike.


If you would like to be part of these results, please click through to let us know.


The report can be seen below, but also downloaded as a PDF or read again from http://sourcedreport.co.nz

Sourced Report Page 1 | August 2014 Infographic

Sourced Report Page 2 | August 2014 Sourced Report Page 1 | August 2014 Infographic

Sourced Report Page 3 | August 2014 Sourced Report Page 1 | August 2014 Infographic

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Canterbury tech growth steady | Sourced Report

26 Sep 14 by Jason

Sourced Report | August 2014

Sourced Report August 2014

Canterbury tech sector growth steady

Download our infographic from http://sourcedreport.co.nz/


http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/553897/six-monthly_report_shows_strong_hiring_trends_canterbury_region/


More than 85% of Canterbury employers are planning to recruit new IT personnel in the next six months as businesses move into an active growth phase, according to new research data.


The six-monthly Sourced Report from Christchurch’s specialist IT recruitment agency Sourced, shows hiring intentions locally remain very high, up around 1% since February, with 62% of employers recruiting for new projects.


“Indications from the data are that businesses are moving forward from planning into action and growth,” says Sourced Director Jason Bishop.


“Along with most employers recruiting for multiple roles, we’re seeing an overwhelming need for software developers and other results-driven roles such as network engineers and web and multi-media developers. Businesses are moving forward.”


Job security is also high in the region with more than 92% of employers hiring for permanent positions reflecting long-term growth commitments and 8% for contractors; a dynamic that differentiates Canterbury from New Zealand’s other main IT centres where contracting is significantly higher.


However, staff churn is up with 46% of employers hiring to replace staff, compared to 22% in February, and 40% of employees planning to look for new work in the next few months compared to 25%.


Bishop says the data reflects the cyclical nature of job churn, which tends to peak mid-year, and should be used by employers to support continued investment in their workplace culture.


“It’s a risky time of year for staff churn, so employers need to be zeroing in on their teams, communicating collectively, supporting people and actively building motivation and engagement.”


Indeed, the survey shows the vast majority of employees (81%) see professional support from management and leaders as the most important part of a workplace culture, followed by professional development opportunities and flexible working hours.


“Clearly that support and connection from management is critical.”


However, Christchurch is still not seen as a great place to progress an IT career, despite the abundance of opportunities that have developed across the full breadth of sectors, creating one of the most diverse IT centres in the country.


But, there’s a sense that employers are over-focused on qualifications when hiring and often reluctant to cross-train existing employees into progressing their roles and skills.


“Employers can learn a lot by taking note of what’s happening in Canterbury‘s buzzing tech sector. As well as support and training, IT professionals are hungry for opportunities to interact with their peers. There’s a running calendar of tech cluster events happening and employers should be encouraging their people to get out, share, learn and grow.”


The survey also shows that employers and professionals alike feel more could be done to support start-ups with a strong call for financial support such as subsidies and tax incentives along with free services ranging from broadband through to conferences and showcases.


“The strongest message from the survey is that Canterbury’s tech sector is critical not only to growth and to attracting investment and talent to Christchurch, but as a growing hub of knowledge and innovation nationally.”


The Sourced Report is a survey-based insight of the Christchurch IT sector, highlighting local employment trends and market expectations. It is published every six months by Sourced, Christchurch’s specialist IT recruitment agency.


http://www.sourced.kiwi/


For more information contact Jason Bishop, APRCSA

Sourced Director

t +64 3 928 2315

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July 2014 - The latest in Christchurch IT

8 Jul 14 by The Sourced Team

July 2014 - The latest developments in Christchurch IT

Check out CodeClubNZ | Sourced is the 1st official sponsor | student developmentEnd of Quarter wrap up

We're putting this newsletter together at the end of a very cold weekend, which has come as a bit of a shock after an extremely temperate start to winter. If you're anything like us we've been making the most of the sunshine and getting out and making the most of it. Who knows when the first winter snow falls will make an appearance!


The last 3 months have been very busy for us with the launch of FluxNZ, some minor reshuffling internally, and a new team member coming onboard (read more about this further down) and we can see by the way the market is moving that this level of busyness is not going to let up. 


We are very encouraged by the sheer number of projects coming onstream in the local tech sector and at the same time acutely aware of the growth that will be required to satisfy this. We are continuing to focus very strongly on international and where possible graduate recruitment, and really starting to ask the hard questions of ourselves and our clients around 'where do we source our talent'.


As we like to move at pace, Sourced was also the first official sponsor of Code Club (more to be announced soon). Keep an eye on @CodeClubNZ to see news on their new website go-live, but spread the word also:


A nationwide network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11

To get on their mailing list or for more info: team@codeclub.org.nz



General comments

As mentioned above, we are now seeing a large number of projects either preparing for, or already in, full swing, and with a limited population to deal with this growth, we are increasingly looking to offshore, and where possible graduate talent pools to satisfy demand. We are having to work more creatively with clients around how and who they source, and at the same time really focusing on keeping their existing teams engaged. While we have not seen any significant lift in salaries yet, we are starting to wonder how long this will hold.


In the permanent space, while the usual Developers, Testers and BA's are in high demand we are also seeing a significant lift in demand for Service Desk, Desktop Support and Systems Engineering specialists. As with last quarter, project work continues to dictate demand, and these projects are long term/multi year, meaning demand is really in the permanent space. 


The local candidate market is a really interesting one right now. As we have continued to highlight, with the demand for skilled talent being as it is, it's a really important time to be focusing on engagement and development opportunities internally. If we look at candidates who are currently active in the local market, time and time again the reasons are the same: internal culture, lack of development opportunities, work life balance, older technologies. Something to be thinking about in the year ahead.


We are finding candidates who are more passive in the market are really taking their time to make the right decision/find the right 'fit' which is really encouraging. There seems to be little appetite for moving around and we are really working to ensure that candidates and clients are making informed and honest decisions about their futures together.



Junior Level

Service Desk Engineer - Computer Concepts Ltd

Computer Concepts Limited (CCL) has forged an enviable reputation for providing innovative, cost effective engineering-powered IT expertise nationally backed with strong customer service. Due to ongoing business success, CCL is establishing an additional and entirely new Service Desk Engineering team. Be part of it!


For more information contact Rachel Brown

Intermediate Level

Intermediate Mobile Developer - Trimble Navigation.

The Trimble Navigation Mobile Computing Solutions group develop innovative products that enable mobile workers to be more efficient in extreme outdoor and industrial environments. Their suite of rugged handheld computers help users collect accurate field data and work more productively in any outdoor or service-related application.


We are looking for an Intermediate .Net/Mobile Application Developer to join their team.


For more information contact Michelle Bishop

Senior Level

Intermediate Test Analyst - House of Travel

The House of Travel offers a workplace second to none. Their staff turnover is extremely low, and they are continuing to grow due to the fast paced and competitive nature of their industry. Staff are regularly rewarded through incentives and rewards and they really go the extra mile to make their workplace a fantastic place to be. 


We are looking for an Intermediate - Senior Level Test Analyst to join their team.


For more information contact Michelle Bishop



Within Sourced Walls

  • Our website has been under development using .kiwi domainYou'll no doubt be aware of our new web address? sourced.kiwi officially went live with our new look website which has been in development since the middle of last year. The site is built in the latest technology, using HTML 5 and local storage, and has been designed with smoothing the user experience on all devices in mind. Basic job searching and job alert functionality as well as finding or calling us can all be done with your thumb!

    As a very early adopter of the .kiwi TLD, we secured a number of domains pre-sunrise period by having all trademarks registered with the Trademark Clearing House last year.  

     

  • Check out the latest developments in on the FLUXNZ pageIf you were at the May Software Cluster gathering at Trimble Navigation you would have seen the first public launch of the FluxNZ Canterbury Technology and Innovation Sectors report, a joint venture between Sourced and Memia Ltd, with support from the Canterbury Development Corporation.

    Profiling Canterbury's Technology and Innovation sectors in depth, the report represents many months of effort scouring websites, social media and interviewing many of the individuals who make this industry so exciting to work in locally. The result is a substantial deliverable which shines a light on the scale, diversity and quality of commercial technology innovation which is happening right here in Christchurch and Canterbury.

    The FluxNZ report has been widely reported over the past month across print, online and radio media and is now available for download by visiting us online at http://fluxnz.com/

    Flux has generated significant local and national media interest, and if you were listening carefully you may have even heard Jason discussing the report on Newstalk ZB a few weeks back! We are really looking forward to keeping in touch with future progress on Flux as it continues to grow.
     

  • At an internal level, you may have heard that Hannah has decided to return to study part time to complete her degree at Canterbury Uni, and as a result will be moving to a more behind the scenes role at Sourced. She will still be just as active in the business, just with a slightly different focus.
     

  • We are very pleased to welcome Chris(tine) Woods to the team, who has been busy over the past couple of months working with Hannah and our clients to get up to speed. Chris has many years of local recruitment experience across a number of domain specialties, and has already rediscovered a few familiar faces out there. You can read more about Chris here: http://sourced.kiwi/OurTeam




The second SourcedReport is underway and we are asking people to once again complete the survey ( this takes less than 5 minutes!)


We have designed this survey to further increase and build our industry's understanding of the local Christchurch IT market, and we're confident that our findings will continue to provide a valuable insight for you and the wider IT industry.

Both job seekers and employers have been invited to participate. All responses are strictly confidential and we do not use this information for recruiting purposes. 


Please head over to the survey to complete it, and be sure to share it around https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PXGWV66



Who's in demand

This last quarter has been a very broad and very mixed bag. We are seeing really good demand for contracting resource in the .Net Development, Mobile Development and BA areas, and recruitment for permanent staffing across almost all disciplines.


In the Infrastructure/Engineering area we have a small number of clients growing in quite signficant numbers, offering great opportunities in the Service Desk, Desktop & Network Engineering and Systems Engineering areas. These are client facing roles and in direct response to market growth.


In the development space, clients have been in full recruitment mode for projects and growth, with a spike in demand for mobile application development expertise, which has generated a good amount of interest.


Test Analysts remain in high demand with a focus change to looking at testers interested in TDD, and a much more consultative role in testing. Testing in many companies is beginning to drive development and in a growing number of companies, the face of testing is really changing!


In the professional services/leadership space, we have seen a small but steady demand for Team Leaders/Programme Leaders/ Team Managers, and again across project teams. At a lower level demand for Project Managers has been low, with demand more so for BA's in both the contract and permanent spaces and at business and technical level.


We have been really encouraged to see some graduate recruitment underway this quarter in the Development area, and we continue to talk to clients about not overlooking this valuable talent. We can not continue to expect to fish from the same pool, while not being prepared to develop that pool. It just isn't sustainable. Thankfully many of our clients agree and we've had some outstanding success stories.



Have you set up some job alerts yet? Development to Project Management jobs

General round up

As we march full steam into the second half of 2014 we expect to see a below average level of employed local IT Professionals looking to move about, and a continued demand for this same talent. We expect to be continuing to develop our wider networks and really promote Christchurch as a lifestyle location with a level of role quality easily comparative to our north island compatriots.


We are really enjoying the level of focus companies are placing on their professional brands and internal engagement levels, and encourage this to continue. Christchurch is a competitive market right now and a company's ability to keep their best speaks volumes.


We'd like to remind you that we are available at any time to elaborate of what we've spoken about here, to provide updates, insights or focused/specific stats on the shape of the local market. If you'd like more information on FluxNZ please feel free to contact Jason - this is an initiative we expect you'll continue to hear more about this year! 


As always, keep in touch and we look forward to catching up with you over the next few months.

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Re-engage and re-energise in tech | Sourced

14 May 14 by Jason and Michelle

As published in The Press, 14 May 2014

Re-engage re-energise tech staff

Recruitment activity in Christchurch’s innovation and information technology sector is at an all-time high – 85% of employers are hiring to service unprecedented growth across the sector and the region.
 

Suffice it to say, it’s a vibrant ‘tech sector’ job market. New projects are the main driver of recruitment and with 97% of roles on offer for permanent positions we’re seeing growth commitment and increased job security. 

And there are a lot of really exciting and challenging roles emerging in everything from agri-tech and health-tech, high-tech manufacturing and IT services through to the thriving start-up scene which now makes up about 18% of the market.


In total, the local tech sector comprises 6% of Canterbury’s GDP and employs around 12% of the national tech workforce. 


That's 7,000 people, and it's forecast to double in size by 2031. For employers, the challenge is not only to find the right talent but keep current employees engaged and energised – particularly at this time of year when there’s an increased risk of job turnover.


People have settled back in after summer breaks and if they've not yet re-engaged with enthusiasm about their current role, they'll be looking elsewhere.

There are plenty of opportunities to tempt them away, so it’s a critical time to focus on ensuring your team is energised which will help create a strong workplace culture – culture drives behaviour, which drives productivity and is a competitive advantage.


So what defines a strong workplace? Our Canterbury tech sector survey, the Sourced Report, shows what matters to job seekers and how employers should respond to that. The top three qualities job seekers look for in a Christchurch IT role are work/life balance (80%), challenges (70.7%) and career

opportunities (69.3%).


Not surprisingly, those who are currently in employment said the aspects of their workplace they enjoy the most are variety of work (66.7%), flexible hours (58.7%) and access to good technology (56.7%). This tells us how important it is for employers to maintain and build their identity and

culture to attract the right people.


Interestingly, remuneration is not at the top of the list which reflects the strong team-driven innovation culture in Christchurch. But, we are expecting to see salary increases as business move out of recovery and into growth, which makes it a great time to be here. Around 10% of job seekers also want stock/equity options with their employers, which tends to be readily available among the smaller and start-up organisations that make up such a big chunk

of the market. And, both employers and employees want to see greater investment in up-skilling employees, very promising for job seekers.


Alongside these research-based insights into what the market expects of a good workplace, we can offer some general guidelines around how to re-engage and re-energise your team:

  • Talk to people – Give as much attention to people and process as to projects and delivery. Some people may want more time with managers, some more time with the team or whatever is appropriate for your business. The key thing is ensure you’re connected and not solely relying on reports to see how well your people are doing.
  • Share the vision – People need a good idea of the year ahead as well as the long-term vision. Continue to communicate work in progress, what’s coming in terms of new projects, what people have to look forward to as well as what to plan and prepare for. Ensure everyone’s working toward a common goal with a winning mind-set, culture and positive team environment.
  • Connect and up-skill – Encourage people to participate in Canterbury’s wider tech community. It’s an active scene that offers plentiful learning and networking opportunities. We have a lot of software user and IT interest groups ranging from the Institute of IT Professionals through to the Canterbury Software Cluster. Employees get to do something for themselves, learn how to keep themselves up-skilled and bring that learning back to their workplace.
  • Excite and inspire – Give people something to be excited about, build a forward-looking and positive frame of mind. This isn’t just about new projects and business goals, but what’s in it for them. Collectively plan some team-based events like a training programme or an offsite challenge to ensure there is more to life than business as usual.


We know that Christchurch wants and needs ambitious people who are great communicators, collaborators and want to be part of a team that is helping to make a difference. We also know that right now, employers are most interested in finding people who are team-players. In many cases, employers will actually invest in training these people rather than hire someone who is qualified but not the right ‘fit’ for an organisation.


The bottom line? Building and maintaining a strong and inspired workplace culture is one of the best investments a business can make.


If you want to be a part of the Christchurch IT sector, get in touch on (03) 420 2999 or visit www.sourced.kiwi for more information, including the latest Sourced Report.



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Trimble Navigation | Mutliple roles available

1 May 14 by Michelle & Chris


Trimble Navigation is a leading provider of advanced positioning solutions, with products in use in over 141 countries around the world, with employees based in more than 30 countries. Though best known for GPS technology, Trimble integrates a wide range of positioning technologies including GPS, laser, optical and inertial technologies with application software, wireless communications, and services to provide complete commercial solutions.


A long standing employer in Christchurch with over 210 employees based locally, Trimble New Zealand offers career opportunities across a range of business units represented here, including GIS Data Collection, Heavy Civil Construction (Machine Control and Software Solutions), Precision Agriculture, and Land Survey.


Employees are recognised through a range of benefits including comprehensive Medical, Life and Disability insurance, profit share, stock purchase programs and an active social club, and enjoy the career development opportunities associated with working for a global business.


On behalf of Trimble, Sourced are now recruiting for a number of Technology Professionals in the following areas

GeoSpatial - .Net Web Architect, .Net Mobile Application Developers, Dev Ops Engineer

Trimble's Geospatial group focuses on developing web and desktop solutions for the GIS and Survey sectors. They are in a growth phase and have a permanent vacancy for an experienced engineer to join their development team with a focus on managing and maintaining build systems and development and production servers.


Caterpillar Trimble Control Technologies (CTCT) - Android Developer, Technical Writer

The Caterpillar Trimble Control Technologies group, a division of Trimble Navigation, develops 3D positioning and control products for earthmoving machines in the construction and mining industries. The products are used in a range of applications where the operator of the machine benefits from having accurate horizontal and vertical blade guidance and where machine activity data must be collected for display to site or mine management personnel.


For more information on working with Trimble Navigation, please contact Michelle Bishop or Chris Woods at Sourced on 03 420 2999, or click through to job and type in your keyword.

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April 2014 - Sourced.kiwi is here | Christchurch IT

14 Apr 14 by Jason

Sourced | Christchurch IT update

The Canterbury IT and Technology scene is on a high!

Welcome to Autumn! I know we're never ready for it, and the end of daylight savings often feels like the final goodbye to summer, but....moving right along!

We really hope you've had a great start to the year and if our recent experience is anything to go by there's been plenty to keep to you all busy. The first quarter of 2014 has followed the trend we would typically expect which was quieter to start as business came back online, last ditch holidays were held and then a quick and urgent ramp up as projects and follow on work from 2013 moved ahead in earnest.


Both contract and permanent opportunities have been on the rise, with a spike in demand for Senior Management/Leadership roles and Mobile Development Technology opportunities. These are tending strongly towards newly created positions and with some very progressive, high profile companies. We'll expand on this trend this further through the update.


There is a high and continued level of interest from migrants looking for opportunities, specifically in the South Island, and more and more companies engaging with these candidates prior to their arrival in Christchurch.

Sourced | Skies over Christchurch

Images courtesy of christchurchnz.com

Sourced | The autumnal streets of ChristchurchGeneral Comments

In the permanent space, while the usual Developers, Testers, BA's and Product specialists remain in continued demand we have taken on a number of really exciting Senior Management/Executive roles that will appeal to CIO's, General and Operations Managers. Project work continues to dictate demand, however these projects are expanding in length with both contractors and permanent staff being recruited for projects expected to run into the 1-5 year time frame.


The local candidate market is certainly seeing some signs of activity, which we would expect for this time of year. There have also been a noted number of role restructures and unfortunately some redundancies which have seen some coming into the market less voluntarily, however very fortunately being snapped up quickly.

This is always the time of year we expect a higher than usual level of local candidate activity as people return from holidays, look to the year ahead and reset goals and expectations. From an employer perspective this is a great time to re-engage, refocus and re energise teams as we do find this level of activity falls away as the year moves on.


As mentioned in the last update, a lot of our clients have been surprised to learn that we did not note any significant lift in salaries for 2013, with primary candidate motivations still being around work life balance, flexible work opportunities, professional development and team/culture considerations. This is still very much the case!



***New Section*** Hot Jobs

Junior level

Mobile Software Development Engineer (Junior/Intermediate)

We have a great role for a talented junior or intermediate Software Developer working on a range of complex, ground-breaking software products for the international market with a focus on mobile applications (Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile).


The developer will be a member of a cross-functional Scrum team with responsibility to deliver products in the mobile space. Products generally have a focus on supporting and empowering Geospatial professionals with high precision, high value solutions.

You will get to join a very strong team with a track record of delivering advanced, innovative, quality software. Great working environment, with a relaxed but focused work ethic.


For more information contact Hannah Iranon


Intermediate level

Analyst Programmer - .Net SAAS Environment

This is the perfect role for a technically minded developer who is less concerned with methodology and more concerned with analysis and development of key software development tools. While the product development team work with Agile Scrum, this team is focused entirely on product development to work with new and existing software development tools. On offer is a very competitive salary, career advancement opportunities and the chance to work with one the cities most highly regarded employers.

This role is ideally suited to someone with infrastructure or operations team experience who thrives on triaging errors, and working across the build and release process. You will be heavily relied upon to support business as usual tools, fight fires and use your in depth technical knowledge to conduct detailed analysis and make sound decisions. This is a new role, joining an existing team member and growing team.


For more information contact Rachel Brown


Senior level

Operations Manager

We have two exceptional opportunities for Operations Managers within progressive software development environments. These roles will be responsible for leading mid sized organisations from a project, operational and general business management perspective.


We are ideally interested in speaking to candidates who have led teams in a Software Development setting, at a General Management level. Both organisations offer professional, highly engaged, fast paced environments working on cutting edge technology projects.


For more information contact Michelle Bishop

Within Sourced's walls

Christchurch based events
  • For those that missed the last update, a quick reminder about some interesting work we completed in the last quarter of 2013 - click through to the Sourced Report now. To put some actual shape around what we often report as the state of the Canterbury IT scene, we have created the Sourced Report which features the results of a six-monthly survey sent to a database of Christchurch IT employers, employees and job seekers registered with Sourced. While it restates what we continue to talk about, having the data to back us up is proving invaluable for some customers who are using the findings to formally support business decisions where people from outside of Christchurch or New Zealand are involved. 
  • We are expecting to have some positive new in terms of team growth in the next month, but you will need to wait for the next update to get the scoop!
  • We are continuing to keep active in the local community with our latest involvement being key sponsors for Start Up Weekend (http://startupweekend.org/). 
  • We are also (once again) sponsors for Entre and the 75k Challenge (http://www.entre.canterbury.ac.nz/), putting our money where our mouth is in regards to graduate development. We are extremely passionate about graduate recruitment and we feel Entre is a great vehicle for graduates realising their business and tech talents solving real world problems with innovative business ideas. 
  • Thanks to the efforts of some very engaged individuals, we are looking at a couple of other clever initiatives to support as well. More on those when the ink is dry though. 
  • After a longer than expected hiatus, we reinvigorated our Women's Breakfast/Networking series with our Principal Consultant Rachel Brown representing the New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (http://www.nzgcf.org.nz/) giving a really well received talk that aimed to both educate and empower women around women's health and awareness. We are hoping to run another event this year and would welcome any suggestions for charities/topics you would be keen to see covered. 
  • We were very excited to be in attendance at the Trimble Navigation new building opening in Birmingham Drive. This has been 3 years in the making since the February earthquake and subsequent fire that destroyed one of Trimble's key business facilities, and saw the birth of their new R&D centre, and what a fantastic job they've done! Trimble have really delivered with cutting edge construction technology, bright and high quality spaces, and a general working environment second to none in the Christchurch tech sector right now. You can read more here: http://www.rebuildchristchurch.co.nz/Trimble

Christchurch tech sector

Who is in demand?

Newsflash, the market has turned and after a longer than hoped pause we have a number of excellent opportunities for CIO, General and Operational Management candidates. These are both project based and general operations management roles across small/medium and enterprise sized businesses. We've been watching this space for some time and are really pleased to see opportunities of this calibre coming to Christchurch. Michelle is the key contact for these opportunities, so if you are considering a change in 2014 please make contact with her directly.


We have seen a very sharp increase in the last 1-2 months for Mobile Application Developers, with demand broad across Android, iOS and Windows Mobile Application Development, both native and through emerging frameworks such as Xamarin. We are looking for both contractors and permanent staff in this space so if you are in this space and looking for options, please give us a call.


We are still seeing a critical requirement for .Net Developers with a drop off in Java Development demand. .Net roles are across Windows, Web and Mobile and at all levels.

BA, Systems & Networking, Support and Project Management requirements have remained static. We have seen some new/rare to market options coming through across Training, Communications and Technical Writing, so on the whole we can say that demand for IT skills is very broad, across contract and permanent, and from Graduate to Senior Management.


Canterbury is continuing to prove itself as a career centre for New Zealand in emerging tech. We are having no issue attracting international candidates to the South, though we still find it harder to attract our Auckland and Wellington compatriots.

General Round Up

As we head into the second quarter of 2014 we're expecting to be recruiting top to bottom, and broad across role types, company sizes and domains. We have a number of really exciting, unique roles coming onstream and are keen to engage with candidates coming into the local market.


Clients are working hard to retain highly engaged, motivated teams and in return this is offering great work environments for new starts.


We'd like to remind you that we are available at any time for advice, updates or focused/specific stats on the shape of the local market. We have a lot of information available in this space!


As always, keep in touch and we look forward to catching up with you over the next few months.

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Sourced 2014 - What's ahead for Canterbury IT?

20 Feb 14 by Jason

Sourced IT recruitment specialists
Is it too late to say welcome back?

Welcome back anyway, we hope you had a great break over Christmas, New Year and Waitangi, and have recharged your batteries ready for the year ahead. We thought it would be a great time to both look back and forwards, bringing you a snapshot of the year that was, and the year that 2014 is shaping up to be! This update is a little late due to us wanting to include information about some interesting work we completed in the last quarter of 2013 - click through to the Sourced Report now, or read more about it below, first.

The busy minds of Sourced

The final three months of 2013 were extremely busy for Sourced, particularly in the permanent space, as a significant number of clients ramped up for recruitment in the new year. Many clients even continued on their recruitment activities through the Christmas period, ensuring top talent was secured for the first few weeks of January. We even had some job offers going out on Christmas Eve!

As we expected, it's been a hit the ground sprinting scenario, as we pick up on the activity that occurred over the break and move these processes forward. Permanent recruitment is absolutely the focus, with only a small smattering of contract opportunities in the mix.


General Comments

In the permanent space, the usual skillsets remain in high demand - Developers, Testers, BA's and Product specialists, with a continued lift in demand for Systems & Network specialists. While projects do seem to be quietly lifting again, after a period of predominantly BAU work, most recruitment is in response to long term planning and strategic decision making.

The local candidate market is still generally quiet with the vast majority of candidates recruited in the second half of 2013 coming from offshore, or local but in positions of redundancy, returning to workforce, or transitioning from contract to permanent. This is a really great statistic, when we consider it is a direct nod to workforce retention and higher levels of staff engagement.

A lot of our clients have been surprised to learn that we did not note any significant lift in salaries for the year, with primary candidate motivations still being around work life balance, flexible work opportunities, professional development and team/culture considerations. Agile is becoming a 'must have' in potential employers in the Software Development space, and there is very much a 'what's in it for me' sentiment if candidates are going to consider a move of any description.


The Sourced Report 2013Within Sourced's walls

2013 was a bumper year for the Sourced team, with the addition of a new family member (Samuel James born February 13th), the arrival of our Principal Consultant Rachel Brown, and more recently Jess Eastmond coming on board to broaden our capabilities in the Engineering/Technical IT space.

SourcedReport.co.nz

To put some actual shape around what we often report as the state of the Canterbury IT scene, we have created the Sourced Report which features the results of a six-monthly survey sent to a database of Christchurch IT employers, employees and job seekers registered with Sourced. While it restates what we continue to talk about, having the data to back us up is proving invaluable for some customers who are using the findings to formally support business decisions where people from outside of Christchurch or New Zealand are involved. Besides, who doesn't love data?

Click the image to the left to read/download this. Please keep an eye open for the survey and be sure to run through it if we send it to you!


Hacktivate and Sourced

The end of 2013 was punctuated with some great events, the first off the rank being our much anticipated Hacktivate. With close to 200 spectators on the night, it was an extremely well received event, and well attended by a number of local software development houses and individuals.

We also held two great networking events for our clients, which were both a chance to meet one another, but also as a thank you from Sourced for their partnership throughout the year.

A Sourced event at Strawberry Fare

We held a Strawberry Fare Ladies Bake Night in late November which was a real hit, baking up a range of treats including sauces, Gateaux, Cheesecake and mudcake. Lots of fun, though admittedly a little too much sugar and chocolate!

Sourced day with a GT3

We also treated a number of clients to hot laps around Ruapuna Raceway in a Porsche GT3 which proved to be an experience of a lifetime. Be sure to check out our facebook page for photos of both events.

For the first quarter of 2014 we have planned a Women's Charity Networking Breakfast, with the focus being women's health awareness, with a presentation from, and proceeds going to the NZ Gynaecological Foundation. We are hoping for a great turnout! Sourced breakfast for NZGCF

Recently we launched a Sourced 'channel' on LinkedIn. Through this tool you will be able to see some of the roles we are working on but more importantly, will allow you to quickly share anything we post with any of your friends or family. Remember, we do have a referral scheme that works very well for those that use it.

Sourced FiatsSpeaking of new stuff (there is a theme here?!), the website and online presence has undergone a major transformation with some excellent enhancements to the site functionality across any device - but you have to check out the job board when it goes live. Search, save and sign up for job alerts like never before. As with anything at Sourced, this will continue to evolve based on feedback andt there are still a few features that are in development so keep an eye on it

Finally, we have new cars. You'll see us zipping about town in these little Fiats >>>>

Who is in demand?

Carrying through from 2013 we are seeing the demand for BA's, testers and developers continue, with network and IT support roles on the rise. We saw a spike of demand for systems analysts and implementation consultants towards the end of 2013 but this has quietened down again. While contract positions are presenting, the predominant demand is for permanent resource and we are not expecting to see that change in the short term.

General Round Up

January - March is proving to be a very busy time, with a number of new roles being presented to market. With an international focus we are seeing some great opportunities for travel, upskilling and development, and are finding it becoming increasingly easy to market Christchurch not only as a lifestyle location but as a genuine career location.

We hope you all get a great start to 2014, from the team at Sourced.

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Caterpillar Trimble Control Technologies

22 Jan 14 by Sourced

Trimble

Huge growth in the CTCT division of Trimble



The Caterpillar Trimble Control Technologies group, a division of Trimble Navigation, develops 3D positioning and control products for earthmoving machines in the construction and mining industries.

The products are used in a range of applications where the operator of the machine benefits from having accurate horizontal and vertical blade guidance and where machine activity data must be collected for display to site or mine management personnel.

With a significant growth path ahead, expanding our core technical platform, and pushing into new technologies including Android, we are looking for a number of team members including:

UX Analyst – Now closed

C++ Software Engineer – Now closed

Software Test Automater – Now closed

Technical Writer – Now closed


To register your interest in these positions please call Michelle Bishop or Hannah Iranon at the Sourced office 03 4202999

  • Remember to follow @SourcedChch on Twitter and Facebook – most of our roles can be found on either of those channels

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Test and Compliance Engineer at Hamilton Jet

19 Sep 13 by Sourced

Hamilton Jet Engineer

Test & Compliance Engineer



Hamilton Jet  is the world leader in the design and manufacture of waterjet propulsion systems for high-speed marine craft. With over 50,000 waterjet propulsion units installed worldwide, Hamilton Jet represents the latest in waterjet technology and is recognised as the world’s most experienced waterjet manufacturer.

Based in Christchurch, New Zealand, we employ over 300 people worldwide in all aspects of waterjet design, manufacturing and distribution and we export 98% of production. Producing much more than just recreational units, Hamilton Jet propulsion and control technology is utilised in vessels for the military, security, search and rescue, fast ferry, oil and gas and renewable energy sectors.


About the Role


****This role is now closed****


We are looking for a Senior Electronics Test Engineer to fill a key new position in our control systems engineering team, working on design verification and production test equipment development as well as compliance related activities.

Our Test Engineer will have outstanding technical capabilities in test system development and operation for embedded electronic control system products and will be highly self-motivated and able to build sound relationships with engineers, PCBA suppliers, production engineers, contractors and compliance organisations.

This is a senior role in a relatively small team and so will provide the opportunity to make a very significant contribution to our products and business.

A salary and benefits package reflective of experience will be negotiated.


What do you need to do?

Sourced are working on this role exclusively, so if this is of interest to you, don’t hesitate to call Michelle on 928-1402 (Christchurch) for a confidential discussion about further job details.

  • Remember to follow @SourcedChch on Twitter and Facebook – most of our roles can be found on either of those channels.

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Hacktivate is coming!

2 Oct 13 by Sourced

The Home Straight

Here we are about to set off on the home straight of 2013, with summer just around the corner! So much has happened at Sourced this quarter, from adding new members to sponsoring some really exciting industry events in Canterbury.

We hope you find this update both interesting and timely as the market continues to heat up. We’re excited that our contribution to the Canterbury IT community continues to grow organically.

We’re also very excited about the opportunities that have been presented and pursued in the quest to market Canterbury as a career location for IT professionals, and Sourced as not only a recruitment partner but a contributor to the growth and success of our IT sector.

Special Project Update:

Hacktivate Mile High

HACKTIVATE

Mile high brochureAfter much ‘behind doors’ discussion and organisation we are extremely excited to announce that Sourced are bringing Hacktivate to Christchurch!

Hacktivate is a digital spectator sport. It is an event that gathers exceptional programming talent, showcasing it to a live audience in a highly visual, fast paced format. Each event has the ability to integrate cutting edge technology into the mix through a unique blend of programming challenges, design, and interactivity. This is communicated to both technical and nontechnical audiences through visualisation outputs, live commentary and an M.C.


About the actual competition:

Remember the game Flight Control? Teams will compete on the night to design and develop a system that will control incoming and outgoing air traffic from CHC airport – but it needs to look great too. Programmers will create code, giving their applications the smarts to make sure their planes land safely. Designers will be charged with creating 2D graphic designs of their planes and airspace. Sound like you and want to register a team???

Click through to the Mile High page, here


General Comments

It’s been an extremely busy last 3 months, with our team at capacity responding to the highest levels of demand we’ve seen this year for candidates for permanent positions, almost exclusively growth roles. These requirements have been broad, encompassing both software development, professional services and Infrastructure, and we expect to see a continuation of this trend through the remainder of the year. We are also seeing a higher than average level of candidate activity, with the number of overseas and national candidates looking to make the most of the opportunities in Christchurch increasing significantly.

This is on the back of our continued marketing of the Canterbury IT Sector, and Sourced’s desire to support local growth, which is a key focus for our business. We’re all aware that local businesses are building and maintaining really engaged, high performing teams, and as a result the need to look outside of the region is critical.

Mid 2013 hiring statistics for recruitment

In the past 3 months, 41% of our candidates who were offered permanent employment, came from overseas and had not worked in Christchurch before. We have seen a slight drop in demand for contractors when compared with the rest of this year, however this has been met with an increase in permanent demand, and a willingness to consider creative employment arrangements including remote working, part time/flexi-hours, and fixed term arrangements. What is also worth noting, is that salaries continue to hold fast with no significant increases noted. This may well be a collective decision across the industry, but is also driven by the prime motivators of our candidates which tend to be more focused towards career progression, project involvement, and team/culture considerations.


Within Sourced’s walls

Our quarter has been rather exciting internally, with the addition of our newest team member Jess Eastmond, who has come aboard to grow our capability in the Technical IT area. Jess will be known to many in the local sector through her recruitment and industry involvement, recently helping to launch such initiatives as iBuzz and Start Up Weekend.

Entre 75k sponsorJason and William were pleased to see the UC Entre event winners announced this week:
http://www.voxy.co.nz/business/uc-engineering-students-win-75k-challenge
The 75K challenge was an event we both sponsored and for whom Jason provided mentoring to a competing team for 2013. It’s this sort of competition that fosters the innovation and commercialism of ideas that we’re always keen to support!

As this goes to print, we are also preparing for the Canterbury Software Summit (tomorrow, 3 October) at Addington Raceway, again an event we’ve decided to get in behind and sponsor this year. This is looking to the most attended event yet, with up to 500 delegates expected on the day.

Jason, who sits on the Canterbury Software Cluster Committee, has been busy this last week preparing Sourced’s contribution to the event, and reports back that all planning is complete (thanks to an outstanding team effort and stellar work put in by the event managers, Communicate IT) and we’re ready for what should be an outstanding day featuring some top speakers and workshops.

Software Summit

Lastly, if you had a sharp eye you may have spotted us in the Press recently, with a short piece on our business. We were actually approached by The Press on the back of our continued involvement and commentary on the local sector, so thought we’d take the opportunity to promote our values, vision and plans and while we weren’t so keen on being photographed, were pretty pleased with the article.


Who is in demand?

This quarter has seen IT recruitment activity at the highest levels we’ve seen this year, with an ongoing demand for highly skilled candidates across software, infrastructure, professional development and support. Our most in demand skills have been in the areas of test automation, business analysis, software development and systems engineers, all in the permanent space.

Contracting opportunities are presenting, however in smaller numbers as the end of year closes in. We are certainly finding that with above average levels of retention within Canterbury IT businesses, and an increasingly engaged workforce, the majority of candidates we are recruiting are coming from outside the region, and are referred to us through our networks or approach us to help with securing employment.

We can report that in the last 3 month 64% of the candidates we placed in employment were referred, identified through networks, or registered with us an active job seeker. Traditional advertising methods are becoming less and less effective, and seen as complimentary only to our sourcing strategies.


General Round Up

We are expecting similar levels of activity through until the end of year and into early 2014. Employer confidence remains high, and with an increased focus on attraction, retention and growth/development opportunities for internal team members, demand remains consistently high across the industry sector with no one area standing out as a ‘key’ demand set.

The year’s trend towards project growth, redevelopment of existing technologies, and refreshing infrastructure and systems remains constant and we don’t see this changing any time soon, Christchurch remains a great place to work, with opportunities from start up to enterprise/corporate level.

More and more candidates are seeing the attractions that Christchurch offers and are making the move here, bringing about well needed growth and diversity to the local talent pool.

Happy home straight, from the team at Sourced.