What skills shortage? TechnologyOne recruitment powers on

While the Australian IT industry struggles to immunise itself against the chronic skills shortage, Australia’s second largest software developer TechnologyOne is successfully bucking this trend by fuelling the career aspirations of new recruits.  

In 2005, for example, TechnologyOne hired 111 new staff specialising in software engineering, ERP implementation, sales, application and technical support, and is now seeking up to 40 new high calibre recruits to sustain its rapid domestic and international expansion. 

TechnologyOne Executive Chairman, Mr Adrian Di Marco, said TechnologyOne is an employer of opportunity because it offers new recruits broad career paths with exposure to a range of business disciplines.

“Attracting and keeping high calibre, lateral thinking staff with an entrepreneurial spirit is a challenge TechnologyOne relishes,” Mr Di Marco said. 

“TechnologyOne has a great story to tell and people want to be associated with our success.

“People who have a passion for software development will find that there are not many companies in Australia where the core business is software development.

“There are more than 150 software developers at our Toowong R&D Centre and over 50 per cent of our available roles are for software engineers,” he said.

“TechnologyOne gives people the chance to create world class software from scratch; not just reprogram software that has been developed elsewhere.

“We encourage people to step outside their comfort zones, to work across all aspects of the business including consulting, programming, product marketing and project management. What is important to us is their ability and commitment, and we then provide mentoring and support to help them succeed.  This provides them with a broad base of experience which they can draw from to further their career within our organisation,” Mr Di Marco said.

Brett Iredale, Director at national IT careers site provider, Now Hiring, said a real skills shortage exists in specialist skill areas such as ERP and financial consulting.

“Companies who are recruiting financials consultants, for example, want people with strong accounting, IT and consulting experience. But finding people skilled in all these areas is very difficult,” Mr Iredale said.
“If the IT industry wants to creatively address its skills shortage it needs to actively build employer branding by constantly promoting their corporate culture and career progression opportunities.”

“Companies that promote from within, rather than go to the job market every time a vacancy emerges, should be congratulated for showing confidence in their staff and supporting their career progression.”
“Presenting a convincing argument that your corporate culture offers the best working environment is essential to attract recruits; simply advertising a job no longer works,” Mr Iredale said.

For TechnologyOne, satisfying the company’s growing appetite for new skill sets is about targeting skilled communicators and offering them a rewarding career path. 

“The greatest incentive TechnologyOne can give new staff is the chance to shape the company’s future and to see first hand how their skills are helping our customers to solve business problems,” Mr Di Marco said.

“That’s why our staff attrition is around 8 per cent compared to an ICT industry average of around 20 per cent.”

Rob Durie, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) says that local Australian companies, like TechnologyOne, are attracting the best and brightest talent in the industry by offering the chance to work on world-class software development.  

“AIIA is supporting local industry through a number of innovative initiatives, such as our partnering program, CollabIT, and the ICT Entrepreneurs Program, and we are committed to seeing a thriving industry made up of many local companies, TechnologyOne among them, who are growing the industry at a local level by growing their businesses internationally.”

Mr Di Marco said the availability of high calibre university graduates is essential for TechnologyOne to offset any shortage of experienced industry recruits, but he is concerned by the continued decline in IT degree enrolment levels.  

“IT graduates need to understand that the Australian software development industry is thriving and actively supports motivated people who want long-term careers in this industry,” Mr Di Marco said.
“TechnologyOne is always on the lookout for the best and brightest graduates to help support our international expansion and commitment to R&D.”