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Sourced Quarterly Market Update – Winter 2019

24 Jul 19 by Michelle Bishop

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Welcome to the mid-year update for 2019. It's hard to believe we're already over halfway through the year, although it's certainly been a very busy quarter for the team here at Sourced and the past three months have absolutely flown by.

In this quarter update, we look at the first half of 2019, what's trending, who's in demand, who's moving, and a general view of the market. We hope this is a useful addition to the Sourced report which came out earlier this year, and as always, we encourage you to make contact 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

While 2019 really started with a bang, with recruitment on both permanent and contract fronts busy right from the get-go in mid-January, we have definitely moved into more of a 'business as usual' phase between April and June, with requirements becoming more specific, more considered, and hiring decisions taking just a bit longer. While we have been consistently busy across both contract and permanent recruitment, we have not seen the same urgency as in the first quarter of the year. Contracting is currently sitting slightly ahead of demand with Business Analysts (Business Process and Business Transformation), Developers (C#) and Testers being in hot demand.

We are continuing to see a reasonably flat market in terms of local candidates moving around, and continue to see an equal balance of candidates coming in from offshore, and returning to employment after disestablishment, and to a lesser extent, those candidates moving from one permanent role to another in Christchurch.

As with the first quarter of this year, we have seen a continued uplift of demand in the Infrastructure, Technical Support and Helpdesk areas, which had been quiet throughout 2018. This is also true of the contracting area, and has been largely driven by business change initiatives, new system implementations and product development needing an extra push.

All indications from our clients are for a steady year with projects expected to keep things bubbling along, though without significant plans for growth. Ones and twos across the board are what we're continuing to see in terms of hiring volume, as was the case with Q1, with a major portion of our clients currently hiring, or having already hired in 2019.

We certainly expect the majority of restructures (as seen late last year) to be behind us, and are looking forward to a more stable year ahead.

Hot Jobs

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

Technical Support Specialist - We are looking for a keen, graduate-level Technical Support Specialist to join our client, Online Distribution, in a wholesale/warehousing environment. You will be providing critical application and technical support to users on the floor, and will enjoy a high level of variety and opportunities for growth and development. This is a permanent role, with a salary of $45k.

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

.Net Developers, Zeevo - We are working with Zeevo, who are looking for intermediate level .Net Developers looking to give contracting a try. You will be joining a well-supported, structured Agile project environment, working on one of the largest product development efforts underway in Christchurch. You'll be working with some of the best in the business, on cutting edge .Net technologies, including cloud.

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

Product Owner, IAG - We are looking for an experienced Product Owner to join IAG, delivering through an agile development stream on a large Digital Transformation programme. You'll be working with teams both in Christchurch and Auckland and in a genuine, well organised Scrum environment.

Within Sourced Walls 

It's been a nice and steady quarter within the Sourced team, with not a huge amount to report. Our team remains stable and engaged, and have really enjoyed a productive 2019.

Who's in Demand

As mentioned above, we are busy across all role specialties, with a particular rise in demand for IT Infrastructure, Technical Support and Helpdesk professionals at an intermediate level, and Software professionals across all disciplines - Development, Test, BA and Product Ownership. This has been both contract and permanent, and in higher volumes, with some clients hiring two or three at a time, though largely ones and twos.

Demand remains very steady in the contract .Net Development space, with less demand for alternative web and front-end technologies such PHP, React and Angular which we'd seen at the beginning of the year.

With the contracting space hotting up again with demand remaining solid for experienced Agile professionals who can slot into project environments and add immediate value, we would love to hear from anybody active in this space.

General Round Up

2019 has meant all hands to the pump. Juniors through seniors are all in demand, with still only a small demand for management candidates. Contracting is keeping pace and advancing ahead of permanent employment, and Infrastructure is holding its own against the traditional Canterbury demand for Software Engineering professionals.

From a permanent perspective, we are seeing a steady as she goes/conservative approach to growth as we move through 2019, and as yet this hasn't really hampered our levels of recruitment activity. We expect to be continuing to drive hard within our international talent pools, expat kiwis and in a new trend, North Island residents chasing the lifestyle opportunities available in Canterbury.

Work-life balance, learning opportunities, growth and development and a positive work environment are still top on candidate's wish lists, with salaries still remaining static.

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

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