Permanent & contracting hiring intentions by profession
Nationwide, Human Resources is the profession with the strongest positive hiring sentiment (43.2%), with Information, Communication & Technology hitting the 28.8% mark across New Zealand.
“Investment in customer contact centres is driving demand in Office Support (up 7.9pp), and there is also an increased demand for senior executive assistants, suggesting that senior leaders are not only busier but feeling comfortable in their ability to justify the added resource,” Rogers adds.
Overall, net contractor hiring sentiment continues to rise, up 0.6pp to 14.7%, and Hudson expects to see this trend continue as skills shortages increase over time and employers struggle to fill gaps left by candidate movement and internal promotions.
Sentiment in Information, Communication & Technology remains strong across the board with net 20.5% hiring managers intending to increase contract headcount in their ICT teams.
“We’ve observed that the skills required for roles in this profession are becoming more specialised, hence the increasing use of contractors,” he adds.
“Roles in demand are those tied to the systems development life cycle including business analysts, project managers, software developers and architects.
“Twelve months ago businesses were very focused on the bottom line and were operating a very lean headcount.
“While undoubtedly this is still a focus, there has been a relaxation in terms of funding roles where specialist skills are required, and a realisation that the pool of talent has tightened.”
Rogers adds that the difficulty in finding specialist talent that thrives in an ever changing environment is only going to become more challenging, so it is critical employers move now to ensure they’re not caught short and can continue to deliver against their business strategy.