Queensland-based integrator Data#3 is looking to secure $5 million in revenue from its recently established IT recruitment service by June next year.
John Grant, managing director of Data#3, said the service, which is planned to go national shortly, has been established to provide recruitment and contracting for a wide range of IT skills and services.
The new business unit, IT Careers and Contracts (ITCC) "has developed as a natural progression out of our business contracting service and has grown over the last three years to be an important part of operations", Grant said. "We're looking objectively at a revenue of $5 million annually, which is a significant figure."
Grant claims the venture has evolved through increasing requests from Data#3's existing client base to resource staff for permanent positions which, since its launch at the beginning of the financial year, are "steadily increasing".
"The importance our clients are placing on making the right IT staffing decisions reflect the current trend that IT strategies are being increasingly recognised as critical for competitive business strategies," Grant said.
Although Grant claimed Data#3 is differentiating itself from other integrators in breaking from the "traditional" model of an integrator, it "is not an HR business".
He said the industry has been moving towards contractual labour over the last couple of years in that it offers flexibility and generally higher earnings.
However, this aspect of the services industry is facing a number of influences, which could see contractors returning to the security of permanent positions, he added.
Putting Data#3's success into perspective, Grant said: "We've invested a lot of money into this initiative, as well as a lot of time and experience.
"It isn't something that you can decide to do today and implement tomorrow, because it has to be done professionally."