Is the local Internet industry in a slump?
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It's often hard to get companies to fess-up to the fact that the order book
is drying up and growth has leveled off -- but that's the impression I'm
getting from many of those in the local industry.
Of course it's only to be expected after the boom-times of the late '90s --
every good party produces a hangover the next morning.
Unfortunately, it appears that those halcyon days when being able to spell
Net was all the qualification you needed to become a "leading Internet
consultant" or web-designer are well and truly over.
As well as the leveling off of growth which has been seen by all sectors of
the economy, the Internet sector is probably being hit by the awful 'S'
word -- saturation!
Whereas, just a few years ago, businesses who had a website were few and far
between, it's now almost impossible to find any which don't have their own
little piece space out there somewhere.
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Are local Net businesses prepared for the future?
Clearly there is going to be some attrition within the ranks of the web-design
and consulting companies as jobs become fewer and further between.
Once you've been through your client list a couple of times and tried to
convince them that it's time to give their site a facelift -- what do you
We've already seen some layoffs in the local industry and I'd say it's time
to get ready for more.
Of course the savvy operators will have tied many of their clients into
annual (or longer) maintenance contracts that will provide a trickle of
revenue to keep the wheels spinning while efforts are made to secure
some of those more lucrative new contracts -- but I think the gravy-train
of two years ago has been well and truly derailed.
Does this mean that Web design and Internet consulting (whatever that is)
are no longer good career choices?
Well, I went to
searched for all full-time, contract or project-based jobs under the
Internet category and got
Looks grim eh?
Ah.. but wait, Monster.co.nz is probably not the best place to go looking
for Net-related jobs.
A check for jobs containing "Internet" over at
Job Universe produced
110 jobs; and searching for "web design" produced 25 matches.
So what about you?
Have you been laid off? Had a reduction in working hours forced upon you?
Had a wage-cut?
It's time for a health-check on the employment scene.
If you've got a story to tell about your employment (or the lack of it)
within the Net industry, send your comments and
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out your name and email address.
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