The number of contractors working in Christchurch has increased over the past 6 months. Contractors now make up 28% of the workforce, with our research revealing a 12% increase in contractor numbers over the past 6 months. This increase can be attributed to several key factors; the first of which is technology professionals actively seeking out great work variety and flexibility in order to get greater levels of work satisfaction.
Contracting carries obvious risks, but in the current buoyant employment market this is negated by the associated benefits, which include greater project variety, work flexibility and better pay. As an employer it is crucial to actively address the core motivators of technology professionals to avoid this trend negatively affecting your workplace, by offering your employees the challenges and opportunities they desire.
The main sources of hire for both employees and employers remain consistent, with recruitment agencies having helped 80% of employers fill vacancies over the past six months, more
than double the next two highest sources of hire combined. The only significant change has been the number of employees receiving promotions, which is down 5.5% on this time last year.