IT consulting and telecommunications top Randstad’s list of IT industry sectors for 2011, closely followed by banking and finance. According to Paul Robinson, Randstad’s general manager, “the improving economic conditions will lead to increased business confidence in systems investment, which will in turn fuel growth in technology professional services firms in 2011”.
Robinson adds that the war for talent will be fierce and “we are unlikely to see large permanent salary rises, which will drive demand for contractors and rate increases”.
The telecommunications space will remain “a very competitive space for hiring in 2011”, mainly due to the government’s commitment to providing 75 percent of New Zealanders with ultra-fast broadband.
Randstad also announced its top four technology skills for this year and SAP ranks number one on the list, followed by Business Intelligence/ Data Warehousing, applications development and data centre design and management.
“We anticipate that in 2011 demand will continue to grow within clients that are end-users of SAP and within the IT consulting space (both for new implementations and upgrade / enhancement work),” said Robinson, regarding SAP.
As for applications development, experts in “languages such as .NET and Java-related platforms will be busy along with people with expertise in systems integration / messaging technologies”. “We are anticipating strong demand for experienced senior engineers, designers and architects for a variety of medium and large projects,” added Robinson.
IT contracting will experience strong growth in 2011, according to the company. “With new projects commencing in a labour market which is already starting to tighten in certain sectors, many employers will be more likely to look to IT contractors with significant expertise to fulfil their projects on time and on budget.”
Robinson adds that “the forecast is not for significant increases in core headcount, but the expectation for attrition during 2011 is higher than 2010, which will create natural movement in the market and continued hiring.”
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