Private sector the new industry darling

Private sector the new industry darling

Summary: Despite my predictions for an "age of austerity", I haven't seen signs of fiscal prudence from Julia Gillard's new government yet. New Zealand's government, on the other hand, is certainly tightening the screws.

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Despite my predictions for an "age of austerity", I haven't seen signs of fiscal prudence from Julia Gillard's new government yet. New Zealand's government, on the other hand, is certainly tightening the screws.

Late last week, the New Zealand Government announced a new IT strategy that has a greater focus on cost control for its $2 billion annual IT spend.

This week also saw a new all-of-government computer purchasing contract that promises savings of $35 million over five years.

It seems the public sector has now become slim pickings and that the private sector offers better job opportunities now.

One IT firm is creating 30 jobs in Auckland.

Recent recruitment surveys strengthen my view. Confidence in ICT is returning, with the private sector having a "recruitment spree", according to reports.

Thus, as the state sheds jobs, the private sector is taking up the slack in New Zealand.

It might be time to rethink who you're selling to, or which jobs you're applying for.

Topics: Government, Government AU, New Zealand, IT Employment

Darren Greenwood

About Darren Greenwood

Darren Greenwood has been in journalism, not all of it IT, since the days of typewriters and long before the web spun its way around the world.

Coming from Yorkshire, he can be blunt, and though having resided in New Zealand, as well as Australia, for quite some time, he insists he is not one of the 'sheeple!'

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