While retention was the key focus in the Christchurch IT market in the second half of 2018, we also saw a significant increase in the amount of recruitment – likely in preparation for the new year. Where just 57.14% of employers surveyed in September had recruited in the six months previous, that number has risen to 76.47% in this survey, showing that there was a significant increase in hiring activity in the back end of the year.
This increase in activity coincided with an increase in volume, with a third of employers having recruited for four or more roles over the last six months, and 72.73% of employer stating that they had no trouble filling any of the roles they had available in that time.
The outlook for the future is similar. Just over two thirds of
employers see themselves hiring for IT roles in the next six months, an increase from the last survey’s 57%.
However, this is still much more measured than previous years’ results where we were regularly seeing results of 80-90%. Software Development, Business Analysis and Testing/QA were cited as the areas most likely to be hired for by employers.
As far as the reasons behind this increase in hiring, replacement of staff was the primary motivation indicated by employers, with two thirds selecting this as a driver for hiring activity. Increased demand for IT from within the business came in at a fairly distant second, cited by 38.10% of employers. Interestingly. new work and projects came in third at 28.57%, lower than one might think, given that this time of