commentary If you're in the market for good network engineers with plenty of experience, now might be the time to start sniffing around for talent. Telstra's plans to slash 10,000 to 12,000 jobs over the next five years as part of its drive to cut costs have been public for a while, but now there is some indication they're starting to have an effect on the local telco employment scene.
commentary If you're in the market for good network
engineers with plenty of experience, now might be the time to
start sniffing around for talent.Telstra's plans to slash 10,000 to 12,000 jobs over the next
five years as part of its drive to cut costs have been public for
a while, but now there is some indication they're starting to
have an effect on the local telco employment scene.
The managing director of local enterprise-focused telco
Powertel told your writer last week that while it had been tough
finding good staff for the past 12 months, the market had
recently started to ease.
"We're finding now, particularly some Telstra and some Optus
people out there in the market," Paul Broad said.
"It's a lot easier at the moment -- we've got a couple of
Telstra people here at the moment which is just terriffic for
us," he added.
"We're getting approaches now from some really good people. We
employed a really top class network planner the other day. And
this guy, he is top drawer."
According to the executive, there is uncertainty among the
ranks of employees at large telcos about their companies'
"You say you're going to start downsizing, you lose your good
people first. And that's what will happen to Telstra," Broad
Rats are also apparently jumping off the sinking ship AAPT, as
its staff wonder who will buy the troubled subsidiary of Telecom
"There are some people coming out of AAPT, but we haven't
employed any," said Broad.
The magnitude of Telstra's cuts alone should be enough to get
other telcos and corporates interested.
The giant is rumoured to be on the verge of cutting its
networking staff from 2200 to 1600 in the near future.
While this situation is obviously a fantastic opportunity for
employers, it's important to keep in mind just how jaded some of
these future employees may be.
No doubt some of them have also been through the dot-com bust
half a decade ago and are now a little "commitment-phobic".
You'll want to make sure they don't jump ship to a competitor the
first time your company receives some negative press.
Some advice from one of the ICT industry's forefathers might
come in handy here.
"Don't assume you're done [after you've hired someone]," Guy
Kawasaki wrote on his blog on January 30 this year.
Former Apple Fellow Kawasaki helped bring the original
Macintosh to the masses back in 1984 and has a degree in
psychology as well as an MBA.
"Frankly, you should recruit every employee every day because
when they go home at night, you might never see them again if you
don't keep the lovin' going," advised Kawasaki in a lengthy entry
on the subtle art of recruiting.
Powertel's Broad agrees it's important to focus on keeping
"Since I've been here [at Powertel] we've been far more
careful... we work much harder on our induction programs to make
sure the people we get in, we keep," he said.
If you don't follow that philosophy, you might find you have
staff with wandering feet.
"We got a few people pinched from us twelve months ago, which
was a bit annoying," the managing director admitted.
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