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IT sector and South Island employers to increase headcount

IT sector and South Island employers to increase headcount

But hiring intentions in other regions and sectors more subdued in the first quarter, reports Hudson.

Information technology is the most confident sector when it comes to hiring staff in the next three months. Nearly 45 percent of employers in the sector plan to increase permanent headcount before March, according to the latest Hudson Report Employment and HR Trends.

The telecommunications sector is increasingly buoyant, up 6.4 percentage points to 32.4 percent this quarter, reports Hudson. This rise coincides with the structural changes in Telecom NZ as a result of the completion of the demerger with its Chorus division in late 2011, and ongoing work on the ultra fast broadband rollout. Hudson says it expects demand for quality candidates to continue as major carriers prepre for upcoming structural changes in the industry.

The construction/property/ engineering industry at net 36.4 percent is the second most confident sector, driven by the rebuilding in the Canterbury region following last year’s earthquakes.

Meanwhile, Hudson notes a rise in demand for certain roles such as project managers in construction and IT, and customer-facing IT specialists.

In the South Island, hiring intentions are at an eight-year high, with around 40 percent of employers in the region planning to increase permanent staff numbers in January to March this year. This figure is more than double the national average.

Hudson says the report is based on interviews of 1120 employers across the country about their hiring expectations for the first quarter of the year.

Across the whole country, 18 percent of employers plan to increase their permanent headcount for the same period, which is down 4.6 percentage points on last quarter and down 6.4 percent compared to the same time last year.

Employers are carefully assessing their current talent pool before taking on new hires, says Roman Rogers, executive general manager of Hudson New Zealand. He attributes this to the potential impact of external factors such as the economic situation in Europe.

Nearly two thirds of employers are planning to hold their staff levels steady. “We’re seeeing a strong focus on driving productivity and performance among existing employees complemented by the strategic hires of high performers, says Rogers.

“New Zealand employers are maintaining an attitude of cautious prudence as 2012 gets underway,” the report states.

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