The big story in the last report was hiring activity, specifically in Christchurch having been more subdued than previously. In April, just 57% of Christchurch-based IT organisations had recruited in the six months before. In this report, we’ve seen this pick up significantly, with 84.85% of Christchurch IT organisations stating that they have taken on new people in the last six months. However, we’re finding that this statistic tends to balance itself out, as while more organisations were recruiting in general, they were recruiting for fewer roles than in April, where nearly 30% of Christchurch’s IT employers had recruited for ten or more IT roles. This time around, that number was just over 15%, with 45.45% of employers recruiting for one or two IT roles, and a further 24.24% recruiting for three to five.
We also saw this change reflected in Auckland. Despite an increase in the number of organisations that didn’t hire for any roles (which was predictable, as in the last report, 100% of respondents had recruited), most organisations only recruited for one to two IT roles, as opposed to last year when all respondents had recruited for three to five, or five to ten IT roles.
In terms of hiring intentions for the next six months, results were much more divided. Christchurch employers were nearly 50/50 on whether they intended to recruit for an IT role in the next six months, with 51.61% of employers saying yes, and 48.39% saying no. Auckland employers sat at about 60/40, with 60% not intending to hire.