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Christchurch tops demand for permanent IT workers

Christchurch can't get enough of IT workers, with high demand for permanent staff over contractors underpinning employer confidence, according to the latest Absolute IT Employer Intentions Survey.

Christchurch can't get enough of IT workers, with high demand for permanent staff over contractors underpinning employer confidence, according to the latest Absolute IT Employer Intentions Survey.

The six-monthly report shows an expected 1600 vacancies are due to hit the market over the next 12 months with nearly three-quarters of the 550 respondents seeking permanent positions.

Absolute IT director Grant Burley says the trend is nationwide with Christchurch employers most focused on long-term agendas – 90 percent of respondents are seeking permanent staff, compared to 80 percent in Auckland and 67.8 percent in Wellington.

“Despite a very slight dip in hiring intentions over the past 12 months, which is negligible and part of the overall economic recessionary caution, companies are confidently setting long-term agendas for the market. This is reinforced by the fact that business analysts are in very high demand as they are often the first link in the development chain.”

The main reason for recruitment is new project requirements (35 percent), up from 27.4 percent in the last survey, followed by staff churn (25 percent) and increased customer demand (19 percent).

The most highly sought after skills are business analysis (34.7 percent), with highest demand in Wellington and software development (33.8 percent) with highest demand in Auckland. Project management is also high on the list (29.2 percent).

Additionally, due to an expected increase in IT demand within business, nearly 15 percent of the new roles over the next 12 months will be for DBA and support role functions.

“Talent shortages remain a key issue for employers with .Net and Java developers, permanent business analysts and DBAs top of the list. Strong candidates are receiving multiple offers and the talent pool needs to be increased.

“While local knowledge and skills are still highly sought after, employers are increasingly seeking overseas candidates to fill the gaps.”

Wellington has the highest level of opportunities, followed by Auckland, Hamilton and Christchurch. More than half of Wellington respondents are looking to recruit in the next three months; in Christchurch, 50 percent will recruit in the same period, compared with nearly 47 percent in Auckland.