It is well known that the New Zealand market in the IT field is limited in regards to what kind of people businesses want and what they can actually get. With certain HR processes in place (and the amount of time it takes to finally get an offer to a candidate), this certainly doesn't make the hiring process any easier and a lot of companies miss out on some very good candidates.
This article brings out some very good points and by the looks of things overseas countries have a better way of finding and hiring candidates.
“The HR processes for engineers are clearly flawed in NZ. I have been able to hire engineers that have been passed up by other companies and who have been extremely successful in our business. There is too much emphasis on past experience when people look to hire. Being a young entrepreneur myself, if companies hire on potential and work ethic, they might find themselves duly rewarded, especially if they are in the early days of a business. “Businesses that operate in Silicon Valley are generally better at identifying this. People with zero experience and those who are fresh out of college would find no trouble in getting jobs there. NZ is a bit backwards in that respect. There are very traditional hiring models here and that certainly holds back talent,” says Abeysuriya.