The IT Market – A view from the Mai Mai

By Glenn Bratton, Manager – IT Services

Looking out from the mai mai, the IT recruitment space is very intriguing at the moment.

There are any number of articles, reports and surveys that indicate growth in the number of IT vacancies and a shortage of talent to fill them.

If the reader is an IT specialist who has been looking for work for a while then this must be a bit perplexing for them. If the reader is an employer who is experiencing a lack of resource in a specific skillset then this confirms a very real situation.

The issue of supply is being lobbied at political levels. Recently Stephen Joyce mentioned that the hundreds of IT roles that are likely to be disestablished over the coming months are equal to the number of vacancies on Job boards at present. I view this as a somewhat naïve statement and one I’d love to discuss with Mr Joyce as the main point he neglected to mention was ‘in what timeframe?’.

So, the real facts as I see them from the trenches of the IT talent front:

  1. There are a lot of IT vacancies
  2. There are a lot of IT candidates ( I recently advertised a CIO role and received over 80 responses. A VP role netted nearly 150 responses. I stopped counting when advertising for a desktop engineer)
  3. Employers are taking their time to make decisions in spite of a highly competitive market

Having been in and around the IT recruitment market for over 25 years the pressure on IT recruitment businesses is as great now as it has ever been.

In my recruitment lifetime we have had major blips along the way (I joined the industry just before the stock market crash in 1987 – good times!!) but this market is unique.  It’s unique because it is no longer a blip. It is now “normal business”.

From the perspective of being a valuable partner in this new normal we need to:

  1. Enable you to take full advantage of the new ‘tools of our trade’ e.g. social media, mobile apps;
  2. Continue to provide consultancy expertise in this specialist area. This is not to be confused with the trend of merely being an order taker.

Making sure respect is shown to the custodianship of an employment brand is absolute.  We are charged with building employer brand reputations and acting as the external marketing team for our clients. To do this effectively takes experience, courtesy, know-how, inquisitiveness and savvy thinking.

And Stephen Joyce, there is an open offer for lunch any time you can make it!!

At Frog our culture is orange  (I invite you to experience what I mean by this) and given you may be interested in creating a culinary delight this duck shooting season I have decided to share my favourite Spicy Orange Sauce for drizzling over crispy fried duck breasts.

It does have an Asian influence so not entirely classic but it tastes FANTASTIC!

Spicy Orange Sauce


  • 4 large oranges
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup hearty red wine
  • ½ inch (1cm) piece of fresh ginger, peeled and shredded
  • 1 tbsp sweet chili dipping sauce
  • 1 tbsp Thai fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 3in (7.5cm) cinnamon stick

1 small fresh hot red chili, seeded and finely sliced into thin rounds

To make the sauce, peel the zest from 1 orange using a vegetable peeler. Cut the zest into short thin strips. Juice the oranges to make 1½ cups of juice. Combine the orange zest and juice with the rest of the sauce ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring. Simmer,  stirring occasionally, for 12 minutes, or until lightly syrupy.

Pour over your sliced crispy duck breasts and serve with a compendium of stir fry vegetables.



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