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    The talent war: IT staff shortage nears crisis point
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    By Anthony Doesburg

    Breakfast on the boss, Pilates in the office and a day a month to work on your own project. Those are some of the benefits software company Orion Health provides to attract and keep talent in a tight IT employment market.

    The Auckland company is in growth mode, and with fewer IT graduates coming out of tertiary institutions, recruitment is one of the key management issues.

    Chief executive Ian McCrae says that from a peak of 600 to 700 graduate CVs a year during the dot-com boom, interest in a computing career has slumped.

    As the hype and the flow of CVs have subsided, so have the numbers enrolling for computer science degrees at the University of Auckland.

    "They used to have 1400 to 1500 people a year in that department but I believe the numbers have dropped to below 1000," McCrae says, a trend reflected in enrolments in allied degrees. "That hits the industry quite significantly."

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    This sums up exactly why it is in crisis.

    All they are after is qualifaications. They aren't interested in people with years of experience unless they have the piece of paper that goes with it.

    The amount of interviews Neil didn't even get- some due to lack of knowledge/quals is unbeleivable. Surely someone with experience and the get up and go to research and teach themselves the new technologies has to be better than someone just out of uni who knows how to pass an exam.

    Not saying those with quals are no good but in my opinion you can't get better tha n hands on experience.
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