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Our flourishing economy

The signs are all there for a flourishing New Zealand economy and it appears we are living up to our “rock star economy” status for 2014 as forecasted by Paul Bloxham from the HSBC earlier in the year. Predictions for Auckland are a cause for real optimism as are the various signs we have observed in both the media and from our own market indications. For example;

  • Auckland Council’s Chief Economist Geoff Cooper released his latest economic quarterly update recently showing that AucklandCity’s growth projections were the best they have been since before the 2008 global financial crisis.
  • Several worldwide surveys rate Auckland as one of the best cities in the world to live in.
  • The ICT sector in Auckland has grown by almost 30% in the last year.
  • Technology exporting is third only to dairy and tourism in this country and is poised for further growth.
  • New Zealand is ranked in the world’s top 10 for ICT workforce employment.
  • Nationally, ICT is the most buoyant sector for employment with more than 40 per cent of companies intending to increase staff based mainly on increasing demand and the adoption of new technologies.
  • Net migration has increased in New Zealand to the highest level to date and was at an eleven year high in March 2014.

This all has a flow on effect and we are finding that strong candidates with the appropriate knowledge and skills are not sticking around in the market for long, often being snapped up within a few days. As confidence is higher than it has been for several years we would suggest that now is the time to increase IT staff numbers if you have the justification to do so. However, we still see a certain reluctance by organisations to add to full time equivalent (FTE) numbers for various reasons.

As mentioned, good people are hard to find – so once you have found the right person for the job, the key is to move quickly so you don’t miss out. If you are concerned about making the wrong decision, don’t forget the 90 day probation period although this is only as good as the processes you follow to make use of it.

One way to move quickly to hire and also to combat any concerns, is to engage the potential employee initially through an hourly paid contract. In this respect, MTR offers an option that can benefit both employer and employee. By hiring a candidate on a contract basis – for say three months – both sides can effectively see whether they are a match for each other. Furthermore, the contract can be turned into a permanent situation any time that both parties agree. For example, once the sign-off to hire the FTE is given and a permanent offer and contract is handed to the candidate, they can effectively cease working as a contractor one day and commence as a permanent employee of yours the next.

As an additional benefit of working with MTR, we will count the accumulated margin paid to MTR for the contractor towards the permanent fee. As long as the transition occurs within the first three months we will deduct the margin received so far from the total fee. Please note this does not include the hourly rate paid to the contractor for his or her work.

Using this model, you may reduce your risk and, at no extra cost, assess first hand how the contractor fits into your organisation and team prior to offering them permanent employment.

To find out more about this option please feel free to contact any of us at MTR.

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JOBOracle Analyst/Developer

If you have around 3-4 years experience with PL/SQL, Forms, Reports and TOAD and would be comfortable in a role that includes Business As Usual support and some occasional interesting projects, then this role could be for you.

Some nice to haves would include a development background in the financial sector, some intranet development experience – using basic HTML and database queries – or even some light Oracle DBA experience.

Since your work will include dealing with users throughout NZ, you’ll need excellent communications skills, a good business interest/understanding and a positive and friendly phone manner.

JOBEnterprise Architect

In an environment that includes Electronics, Telecommunications, EDI, large volumes of data and the infrastructure associated with it, this new role would ideally suit an experienced Technology Architect who has held responsibility for managing and driving change to the enterprise architecture within a multi technology environment.

Aside from the compliance associated with the Enterprise Architect role, there will be a great deal of interaction with Business Changers, Engineers and IT specialists who will expect collaborative outcomes that primarily suit the best needs of the organisation.

Some degree of commercial acumen will be required from you as this business is about to navigate its way, quite rapidly, through significant growth.

This role would suit a practical Architect who can build trusting, working relationships with stakeholders and who has experienced the sharp end of business growth within a large volume environment.

JOBBusiness Analyst

With a brand new business system about to be implemented, our client has an urgent need for an all round Business Analyst, with a background in the Superannuation or Finance sectors. Your previous experience should include a good deal of business process analysis, interaction with external agencies and providing functional support to business system users.

This role will see you become a SME of an industry leading system and while an in depth technical knowledge of any particular business system is not mandatory, a good understanding of SQL, VBA, MS Excel and experience of working with a major database would help.

Naturally the role demands a very high level of written and verbal communication skills, added to a strong commitment to quality and accuracy. The role would suit a career Business Analyst of at least 5 years commercial experience who has gained some light exposure to project management or project co-ordination.


This is a 50/50 role covering SQL DBA and BI Analysis work. Working within a manufacturing company you will be responsible for managing and supporting databases (SQL Server 2k8/2k12) and BI environments. We seek candidates with a minimum of 4 years experience covering DBA and BI development responsibilities using your skills with SSRS/SSAS/SSAS and T-SQL. Ideally if you have some exposure to SAP Business Objects, data warehouses and development in .Net technologies all the better.

JOBSenior PHP Developer

A contract Senior end to end PHP developer to join a cool team for 3 months to help with a project. This role is in the CBD and there will be a range of varied tasks required skills and the following skills in order is preferred.
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