Information technology is the most buoyant sector when it comes to hiring permanent staff. More than four out of 10 employers in the sector intend to increase numbers of permanent staff this quarter, according to the latest Hudson Report Employment and HR Trends.
Hudson says it interviewed 1083 employers across 16 core industry groups, including information technology, for this report.
The IT industry, though always solid, has tracked particularly strongly over the past year as technology — and the benefits it can bring to the bottom line — move centre-stage in business strategy, says Hudson.
The recruitment company says the rebuild of Canterbury is contributing to the demand. Businesses which have been operating in temporary premises are moving back to existing sites or rebuilding, and need to set up information technology systems.
Project managers, business analysts, security consultants and application developers are some of the most in-demand roles overall. In Christchurch, however, the nature of the rebuild means the demand spans all specialities and levels, says Hudson.
The telecommunications industry, meanwhile, has recorded its lowest level of sentiment in two years, with a net 8.8 percent of employers planning on increasing permanent headcount, down from the previous quarter.
Nearly a fifth (17.7 percent) of telecommunications employers intend to decrease headcount, which is very high relative to other industries.
Hudson notes this industry is very much project-based, particularly as the ultra-fast broadband initiative rolls out in different phases and stages. This means hiring intentions for the telco sector tend to fluctuate more than those in IT.
Overall, however, Hudson says business sentiment is at the highest level in more than a year as an increasing number of hiring managers plan to grow their teams.
Nearly a quarter (23.7 percent) of employers across the country intend to increase permanent staff numbers in the second quarter of 2012, up 5.8 percentage points (pp) compared to the previous quarter, and up 3.8 pp compared to the same time last year. In the South Island, hiring intentions have increased by a third, contributing to the positive overall trend.
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