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Published on May 19th, 2017 | by


New Zealand Recruitment Initiative sees UK Tech Talent Bound for Wellington

UK technology professionals are among 97 outstanding candidates from around the world to have won places on New Zealand recruitment initiative, LookSee Wellington, aimed at attracting new IT talent to the country’s capital.

The programme, which launched in February, saw 48,000 applicants apply for the opportunity to travel to Wellington, with flights and accommodation paid for, for a series of pre-arranged job interviews with tech industry employers.  Wellington companies have selected the successful candidates, with the UK residents – from Exeter to Edinburgh, London to Manchester – being the largest international group after the US and Canada.

Wellington is home to a world-leading technology industry and the innovative talent attraction initiative is designed to address the city’s IT skills shortage. It is led by the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) and Workhere New Zealand, which specialises in global talent attraction, and is supported by the New Zealand Immigration Service and NZTech.

The successful applicants will travel to New Zealand’s Capital for the week of 22-25 May, for job interviews, immigration seminars and a tour of Wellington. The programme of activities includes options for delegates to visit Te Papa, and Zealandia, as well as opportunities to experience local mountain biking and the craft beer scene.

David Jones, WREDA General Manager, Business Growth & Innovation says the LookSee Team are looking forward to personally welcoming the candidates to Wellington:

“Just as these people will do their best to impress Wellington employers, the team aims to give them an impressive taste of our world-leading quality of life.  We’ll also provide them with the practical information they’ll need before relocating, especially those with partners and children, who will have plenty of questions.”

Damian Sainsbury, a Director of Workhere New Zealand, says working with employers to shortlist the enormous volume of candidates for this pioneering project was a rewarding challenge:

“The scale of the project was huge, with global media driving an unprecedented volume of applications from candidates all over the world. I was excited by the shortlist we put in front of our employers, and even more excited by the calibre of the people they selected.”

The candidates represent 28 nationalities, with the US, Canada and UK the top countries of origin.

The selected candidates will interview with a range of Wellington businesses for mid- to senior-level roles such as Software Engineer, Systems Analyst, ICT Project Manager and Chief Information Officer.

Greg Forsythe from Immigration New Zealand said successful candidates would bring valuable skills to New Zealand:

“The skills being sought by the Looksee Wellington employers are in high demand in New Zealand and globally, so it’s really gratifying to see such a highly skilled group so enthusiastic about the possibility of coming to Wellington.”

WREDA’s Mr Jones said the success of LookSee Wellington’s promotional phase meant that, beyond the selected group, a longer list of high-quality screened applicants was a valuable resource for Wellington:

“Along with the selected applicants, we’ve identified and connected with more than 1,000 very qualified tech professionals who are excited by the idea of investing their future here. We’re now looking at options to make the most of this opportunity, for the benefit of Wellington, and New Zealand.”


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