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Sourced Quarterly Market Update - Winter 2017

7 Jul 17 by Michelle Bishop

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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.

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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! 

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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.