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Christchurch Three Years On: IT recruiting, social media and the cloud

The last three months of 2013 were busier than usual for information technology recruitment firm Sourced.

Many clients were ramping up for recruitment in the new year and some of them continued their recruitment activities through the Christmas period. 

“We have even heard of some offers going out on Christmas Eve,” according to Sourced director Jason Bishop.

“Carrying through from 2013 we are seeing the demand for testers and developers continue, with network and IT support roles on the rise. We saw a spike of demand for systems analysts and implementation consultants toward the end of 2013 but this has quietened down again. The predominant demand is for permanent positions and we are not expecting to see that change in the short term.

“January to March is proving to be a very busy time, with a number of new roles being presented to the market. 

“With a local international focus we are seeing some great opportunities for travel, upskilling and development and are finding it becoming increasingly easy to market Christchurch not only as a lifestyle location but also as a genuine career location,” Mr Bishop says.

Mobility and high availability are catchwords at Sourced.

The company has a long-standing network of local candidates and clients. It is an accredited RCSA recruitment provider, member of the Canterbury Software Cluster and is regularly invited to sit on industry advisory boards in the Canterbury region. 

It provides feedback to the Canterbury Employment Skills Board on critical skills shortages in the region and recently provided support to the EPIC IT campus proposal to NZ Trade and Enterprise.

From its central office, Sourced offers psychometric testing and interpretation services for SHL and Opra and has access to technical testing facilities.

The company is also at the forefront of social media, consulting to clients about the rapidly evolving technology practice.

“Social media is important in the IT industry as our clients and candidates rely on it more and more for personal and professional connections, communication, marketing and messaging,” Mr Bishop says.

Sourced also runs a cloud-based business model based on mobility and high availability. 

“We view our office space as more of a central hub, fully equipped to do business, host candidates and clients but not critical in enabling our operation. We’re a business that can operate on the go,” he says.

Read: the rest of the Christchurch Three Years On feature stories here