Published on April 22nd, 2016 | by john.weir


Rising demand for ICT migrants in New Zealand

It has recently been announced in New Zealand that migration is the only way to bridge the current skills gap for ICT companies. The ICT industry in New Zealand is growing rapidly, generating an estimated 3,000 new jobs each year. These roles aren’t being filled by existing training initiatives, even though there are more ICT graduates coming through the system, so companies are looking to skilled migrants as new employees.

The demand for these skilled migrants in New Zealand is likely to be high for years to come as demonstrated by a recent survey from NZTech. This found tech companies want to recruit an estimated 10,000 employees in the next three years.

Jobs in ICT are available on the long term skill shortages list which can be seen at: http://skillshortages.immigration.govt.nz/. These are varied, from web developers to ICT support engineers and telecommunications engineers.

ICT offers a profitable and long running career prospect for migrants as it is a major and growing business for New Zealand, contributing over $30 billion to GDP in 2014 (around 40% attributable to telecommunications) and growing at over 9% a year,

Recent immigrant to New Zealand, Julian Ilott, was inspired to make the life changing move to improve his quality of life. In the UK he was dealing with a two hour commute each way. With a career in the ICT industry as a software testing specialist, he found the process of finding a job and moving very easy. He was offered a job in ICT, given a work visa and simply made the move. Julian says “I guess I’m quite lucky in terms of my skills within IT – we’re in demand.” On his lifestyle he comments, “One of the nice things here is that you can just take the horse for a ride on the beach. It’s the sort of thing we used to do on holiday but here we can do it any day of the week.” The full story can be seen at: https://www.newzealandnow.govt.nz/resources/city-job-rural-living

New Zealand’s ICT companies have earned an international reputation for being flexible, resilient, adaptable and entrepreneurial and many high-profile projects have come out of the country’s ICT industry. For example, a robotic exoskeleton that allows paralysed people to stand and walk was developed by New Zealand’s Rex Bionics and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, shot at 48 frames per second has pioneered HFR (High Frame Rate) film production.
The full story in the New Zealand media can be seen here: http://www.nznewsuk.co.uk/business/?id=70003&story=More-migration-only-way-to-bridge-ICT-skills-gap–says-Joyce.


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