WITH a shortage of skilled IT staff in New Zealand, people with the right expertise can command higher wages, while employers struggle to fill critical positions.
This is a situation that Mark Hubble and Dave Wyers want to help solve and take advantage of.
Recognising the economic reality that if a resource becomes limited its value increases, the two former account managers at integrator Maclean Computing have set up EVP Info Tech New Zealand - an IT&T recruitment firm under franchise from global recruitment group EVP, which has operations in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.
“IT is a candidate-short market, but there are plenty of job listings out there,” says Wyers.
Hubble adds: “For some specialist skills there may only be a few people available. Where there is a limited resource in the market, the value of that resource goes up.”
However, Hubble and Wyers say there is no lack of applicants for advertised roles.
“But most of the people that apply do not have the right skills,” says Hubble.
Hubble and Wyers have over 23 years of experience in the IT industry between them and say by combining their professional services background with EVP’s specialist skills in recruitment and staffing, they are able to match the ideal candidate with the right vacancy and employer.
“We understand the business, we have good knowledge of IT and have our fingers on the pulse,” says Hubble.
The pair will follow the model that other EVP IT recruitment units have used successfully in Australia and can draw on EVP’s global database of potential candidates to help address the shortage of skills in New Zealand.
They plan to present themselves as “outsourced” HR advisors to small to medium resellers, IT service providers and companies with their own IT departments.
Their initial focus will be on Auckland, but they expect to have a presence in Wellington and Christchurch.
Hubble and Wyers started their new venture last month with the blessings of former employer Allan Maclean.
“With their wide range of IT contacts and central location, I’m sure they will do very well,” says Mclean
“They were keen to become business owners in their own right, so this was a good opportunity for them. They are both good friends and have departed on good terms. We will certainly be staying in close touch.”
Bevan Trotman, formerly general manager at Computerland Hawkes Bay and who joined Maclean Computing in October, has taken on Hubble’s sales management role, while Wyers’ client accounts have been reallocated.
However, Maclean does not rule out taking on additional account managers if they would contribute to the company’s continued expansion in its focus on networks and infrastructure for mid-size clients.