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5,000 contractors on Crackerjacks!

5,000 contractors on Crackerjacks!

Date: 29th July 2010

After recording the five thousandth contractor to join their website on Thursday the 29th July, is now New Zealand’s largest online contracting hub.

Their local contractor pool has grown from zero to five thousand in less than two years, after Crackerjacks launched in late 2008. The main regions covered include Auckland, Waikato and Wellington.

Tony Wai, the companies Managing Director, explains that with continuing skills shortages, particularly in the IT industry, Crackerjacks has been a popular option with employers who recruit hard to find skills. “With over five thousand professional contractors we have a pretty good depth and range of skills on our database.”

Wai explains that even though our unemployment rate has risen in recent times and job opportunities have been anything but plentiful, skills shortages are still a big issue for NZ business. “The problematic lack of skilled professionals has been further compounded by the shortfall of skilled migrants entering the country this year.”

According to the EEO Trust, the immediate skills shortages we’re facing include; IT specialists, Telecommunication technicians, Architectural draughtspersons and Auditors.

Interestingly so, on Crackerjacks the largest group of professionals registered are in the IT industry - making up 22.8% of the database. They are followed by professionals in Accounting and Administration, making up 13.2% and 9.7% of the database respectively. The other professions that have a strong representation include Marketing/PR, Management Consulting, General Management and HR/Training.

To find out more about Crackerjacks visit their website –

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