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Solving New Zealand’s telco recruitment challenges

Recruiting top IT&T talent is always tough, but it’s especially challenging in rapidly growing industries like the telco sector in New Zealand.

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Technology has undoubtedly changed the world, and there’s arguably no bigger sign of this than the ubiquity of mobile devices. Everywhere you go, the clatter of fingers on touch screens fills the air, while easy access to powerful applications and an uninterrupted stream of data make everyday tasks quicker and easier than ever. Of course, all of this mobile connectivity comes with huge infrastructure requirements, which has seen the telco and communications industries grow and grow over the last decade.

Today, telco companies are under intense pressure to continually monitor, maintain and upgrade their systems. This has led to a worldwide shortage of telco talent, but the task of recruiting the right employees can be especially tough in smaller markets like New Zealand.

The challenges of telco recruitment in New Zealand

Off the bat, the biggest challenge when it comes to recruitment in telco is finding the right talent. There’s a limited number of appropriate candidates in New Zealand, which has seen telecommunications roles placed on the country’s immediate skills shortage list. Inclusion on this list reflects the boom in New Zealand’s telco sector, which Careers NZ puts down to two key factors:

  • The high levels of internet and mobile technology use in New Zealand.
  • Extensive government investment in high-speed broadband.

Thanks to both of these factors, there are many different roles that need to be filled, with businesses on the hunt for top talent including everything from traditional telco companies through to equipment manufacturers and technical service providers. With so much competition for the best employees, it’s important to have the right assistance, and that’s exactly what the team at Talent can provide.

Telco recruitment with Talent

Here at Talent, we know how important relationships are, which is why we’re continually forging bonds with the very best candidates and ensuring our clients have access to a deep and varied pool of potential hires. Whether that means finding great local candidates or casting a broader net overseas, our approach can make finding the right fit an easier, simpler process.

But you don’t have to take our word for it! Over the years, we’ve worked on a range of different telco projects, including the Telecom (now Spark) 3G roll-out. During this project, we sourced more than 40 candidates from New Zealand and overseas, finding a solution to a shortage that had been costing one of Telecom’s primary sub-contractors a lot of time and money.

To find out more about how you can better recruit telco talent, get in touch with us today.