Hays report shows New Zealand employers are hiring
The latest report from recruitment specialist Hays reveals an increase in the number of New Zealand employers looking at hiring new staff in 2009, in different industries. Whether you work in accountancy, construction, engineering or IT, there are a number of opportunities waiting for you in New Zealand. Read more about the results of the survey for different industries.
“Over the last twelve months many businesses have struggled with the effects of the local recession, which forced many to focus on cost management and cost reduction programmes. This in turn has increased demand for experienced costing and performance analyst specialists,” states the report.
Employers in this industry are in need of management and cost accountants, and financial and business analysts with a NZCA qualification. Employers are also on the lookout for newly qualified financial accountants with two to three years commercial experience, as well as assistant accountants with New Zealand commercial experience who are working towards their professional qualifications. Credit controllers and payroll clerks with specific software experience are also needed.
“The caution seems to be lifting somewhat and New Zealand's accountancy and finance recruitment market should become more active than in recent quarters,” adds Hays. Salaries are expected to remain steady, due to the ratio of supply and demand of candidates.
There are opportunities in this industry for estimators for permanent roles and quantity surveyors for temporary assignments. Operative and supervisory staff will also be sought for temporary assignments. In a localised hotspot, Wellington needs planners/programmers.
Demand for telesales candidates has increased, as well as demand for collections candidates, since more people are missing their repayments or are not paying off their debt. Senior customer service candidates are also sought.
Demand will rise for electrical engineers due to infrastructure upgrades for New Zealand's national electricity grid. The same reason applies to the increased demand for SCADA and communications skills.
Hays expects salaries in the industry to remain stable, with potential increases for traditionally skills shortage areas for which remuneration is used as an attraction strategy.
According to Hays, Wellington needs transport planners and engineers for highway upgrade and government infrastructure projects. Utilities engineers (water, waste water projects) are also required for maintenance upgrades and treatment plant design for councils. Auckland employers, on the other hand, seek senior bridging engineers with ten or more years experience on large projects. Finally, experienced rail design engineers are needed for the CBD rail loop project but few candidates with rail experience exist in New Zealand.
If you are an industrial refrigeration engineer, there are several opportunities waiting for you in New Zealand. The commencement of several significant projects in addition to the continued skills shortage in this area create an ongoing need for these professionals. Companies have indicated that their need for staff for temporary assignments will increase. Employers currently prefer to employ temporaries to avoid headcount increases and to allocate costs back to specific projects.
Business analysts and applications support/analysis professionals will be sought throughout the rest of the year. Hays adds that Business Intelligence and data warehousing candidates are also sought given the increased business scrutiny to improve existing systems and gain increased value at minimal outlay. Linux and virtualisation/storage is also a hotspot. The shortage doesn’t end there: software development candidates are in demand and good MS and Open Source skills as well as niche technology skills will always be in valued.
Hays states that “many employers are indicating they will use new financial year budgets to recruit. Thus we expect increased recruitment activity this quarter, which could potentially trigger longer-term positivity in the market as a result of increased business confidence and spend.”
The economic downturn has created new opportunities in the legal industry. Litigation, particularly construction and insolvency, is the prime hotspot of candidate demand at present.
Hays expects vacancy activity to be positive this quarter, with new roles being created, particularly at the senior level.
Although demand across this sector has reduced, vacancy activity is still happening for business-crucial functions. Additionally, it seems like better times are ahead, with oil prices showing signs of recovery. Hays expects new vacancies to be created as the market steadily improves over the quarter. Salaries will remain constant or increase slightly.