What are some of New Zealand's biggest tech and digital opportunities?

New Zealand's tech and digital sector is booming, and this means one thing - opportunities. Let's take a look at the key skill shortages, and where jobs are available.

New Zealand's tech and digital industry has grown immensely over the last few years. In fact, it's one of the nation's most important sectors from a financial perspective, contributing a whopping NZ$30 billion to GDP, and growing at a rate of 9 per cent each year, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. And the success of New Zealand's digital businesses isn't just limited to the domestic market. There have been some high-profile enterprises making their mark abroad, with an obvious example of this being the accounting software firm Xero.

Xero claims the top spot on Forbes' list of Most Innovative Growth Companies, and its growth has provided a huge number of Kiwis with tech jobs, as the company's head office is located in Wellington.

So, what are some of the other employment opportunities in New Zealand's tech and digital sector?

A growing industry

More and more tech companies are setting up in New Zealand each year, with all of these requiring talented staff in order to drive growth and deliver a high-quality service. Unfortunately, the country isn't blessed with an abundance of tech professionals, which has led to significant shortages in key areas such as cybersecurity. In fact, Immigration New Zealand has added many tech roles to its short and long term skill shortages lists, with some of these including:

  • Business analysts
  • Developers and programmers
  • Software engineers
  • Security specialists
  • Telecommunication specialists

The shortage has resulted in specialists being brought in from overseas, but it also provides opportunities for skilled workers of any nationality to find the jobs they want, and get paid handsomely for it. With the typical tech salary in the field of computer system design more than twice the national average, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, there's certainly a lot of incentive for Kiwis to pursue the education required to break into the sector.

Where are the jobs?

Geographically, a lot of New Zealand's tech and digital jobs are located in the larger cities - with 50 per cent concentrated in Auckland alone. However, it's important to note that there are still plenty of opportunities scattered throughout the country. A big reason for this is that businesses don't tend to outsource tech roles as much as in other countries, so there are always internal positions cropping up in less populated regions.

For the bigger tech-focused enterprises, there's a lot of choice in terms of specialisation. Everything from interactive gaming to IT assistance can be found in the Land of the Long White Cloud, making it a great place for tech and digital professionals to find opportunity and fulfilling roles.

For more information, get in touch with our team at Talent today.