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Hydrogen Group starts up IT practice

Given the fact that Houston has been identified as a market in desperate need of more IT professionals, multiple staffing firms have ramped up their IT services divisions in recent months. Just last week, Dallas-based InSource Group, an IT staffing firm, said it is increasing the size of its Houston office.

Like other recruiting firms, the Hydrogen Group sees a wealth of opportunity for its technology practice in Houston, explainedDenise McAnulty, the company’s vice president for the U.S. However, McAnulty explained that the company will differentiate itself from competitors because it has a global network of professionals.

The Hydrogen Group works in more than 70 countries, and McAnulty said the company has existing technology recruitment practices in locations outside of the U.S. If necessary, the group can draw on these locations to help Houston companies find skilled workers.

The Hydrogen Group’s Houston office, which is its sole U.S. office, opened about a year ago, and it specializes in recruiting oil and gas workers.

McAnulty said it was always the company’s intention to eventually open a technology practice in Houston, but because of the intense demand for IT workers, the Hydrogen Group decided to officially launch its Houston technology practice earlier than planned at the beginning of April.

The Houston IT practice currently has three recruiters, but McAnulty said she expects the practice will eventually have more people than its oil and gas practice, which has 12 people.

The local IT practice will specialize in recruiting SAP, data analytics and cloud professionals, since the Hydrogen Group sees the most growth potential in these areas, McAnulty said.

In its first year, McAnulty said she hopes the Houston technology practice will place more than 100 contract positions and at least 30 permanent positions.

“Houston is the right market for us because it is on of the fastest-growing marketing in the United States,” McAnulty said. “(We are opening a technology practice) because there is a lot more investment in technology across multiple industries (than there has been in the past). The size and scope of the (technology staffing) opportunity will be predominantly greater than just oil and gas (staffing).”


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