1 April 2015 · Absolute IT
With tech successes like Xero, Trade Me and Datacom coming out the capital, Wellington has recently been dubbed the High Tech Capital of New Zealand. But Wellington’s biggest rival in all things professional, musical, sporting, tech and otherwise – Auckland – is carving a niche for itself as a Pacific IT innovation hub.
IT Sector Growth in Auckland
Auckland’s IT sector has grown 80% in the last decade with more than 6,700 companies employing nearly 31,000 people and contributing 55% of New Zealand’s GDP for the sector.
If population trends are anything to go by, Auckland is growing and with no sign of slowing.
Currently supporting a third of New Zealand’s total population at 1.5million, the Supercity is backed by a 30-year plan supporting an expected population growth of an additional one million by 2040.
This future-focus for the city is great for the IT sector, which is already growing. 75% of Auckland IT employers are planning to recruit additional staff / contractors in the coming year, with the majority of the hiring taking place to support new projects and increased customer demand, according to our latest Tech Employer Insight Report.
IT Skills wanted in Auckland
Auckland is home to industry hotshots like Microsoft, Oracle, Fuji Xerox, Sharp, Huawei, IBM, Dell, HP, Vodafone, Cisco, and many more. But the most exciting thing for the IT scene in Auckland is the emergence of local success stories like Mako Networks, konnect net, Booktrack, Vend, Wynyard Group, Endace, and TranscribeMe.
With industry leads making their home in Auckland, IT skills are in hot demand. Change is brewing in Auckland’s IT sector, according to figures from our recent Tech Employer Insight survey, with high demand areas now ranking at; software development, business analysis, project management and data / database.
Network, infrastructure and testing have been pushed out of the top four, making way for the bourgeoning areas of project management and data/database.
This is hardly surprising when you consider the emerging tech trends of 2015; cybersecurity (69%), private cloud (61%) and data mining and analysis (54%).
Auckland for Innovative IT Education and Start-ups
Auckland boasts some of the country’s top schools and is home to several of the country’s universities; including the University of Auckland, the only New Zealand institution making it into the Top 100 World University Rankings.
With educators like AUT, University of Auckland, Massey University, and the Callaghan Institute all located in Auckland City, the IT talent pool is consistently growing and diversifying.
New graduates coming into the workforce are well-prepared thanks to the commercial arms of these institutions, such as University of Auckland’s Uni Services, AUT Enterprises (AUTEL), and Massey University’s E-Centre.
The Summer of Tech programme is also helping foster new IT talent by pairing up students with IT companies to deliver internships – paid ones at that.
For those interested in the tech start-up scene, The Wynyard Quarter Innovation Precinct (WQIP), located between the Auckland CBD and the Waitemata Harbour, is an exciting multi-purpose development invested in fostering collaboration and creativity in the tech world.
GridAKL curate the collection of WQIP residents and dubs itself a home for “the startup, technology and innovation community in New Zealand”, including residents like Mohio (cloud platform visualisation), 90 Seconds (cloud video production service), and 3 Months (web and mobile app developers).
Balancing your IT Job with smart lifestyle choices
With 90% of tech professionals in Auckland considering their work-life balance to be either average or above, and 86% believing their current workplace a good environment to be, Auckland tech professionals are certainly some of the happiest in the country, according to figures from our latest Tech Job Seeker Survey.
It is no surprise then that Auckland was recently named one of the top 10 most liveable cities. This was largely owing to a 100 score in education and 97 in culture and environment. And Mercer ranked Auckland third for quality of life in their 2015 global Quality of Living Index.
Better salaries for Auckland IT professionals
The earning potential in Auckland is nothing to be scoffed at, especially when you consider the pay increases trending in the sector. 95% of Auckland tech professionals are either planning to give their staff / contractors a pay increase in 2015 or are undecided. This is an increase on the 82% of IT professionals in 2014 who did receive a pay increase and smaller 75% in 2013.
2015 salaries for IT professionals are looking good for Auckland; the median salary for IT workers in Auckland is $82,000 which is up $2,000 on 2014 and the median bonus in the industry is $6,000.
Our latest Remuneration Report also found that 74% of Auckland IT professionals receive additional benefits like additional annual leave, gym memberships and health insurance as part of their remuneration package – the highest in New Zealand. This is a 14% increase from June 2014 – Dec 2014.
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Auckland has world class shopping, natural wonders, cultural diversity, iconic events and gigs, international sporting events… the list goes on.
Events and Entertainment
In 2015 Auckland plays host to the ICC Cricket World Cup and that’s on top of the annual affairs like:
- Pasifika Festival
- NZ International Comedy Festival
- Auckland Arts Festival video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaMWAKQeTj4
- New Zealand Fashion Week
- The famous Auckland Marathon
- ASB Classic/Heineken Open
And of course the City’s home to some of the country’s biggest sporting icons: The Warriors, The Blues, and The Breakers.
Transport and Commuting
If exercise is more your thing, then Auckland has a number of cycle and walkways great for commuting and recreation. And if you’re a bit nervous on biking the inner city roads there are even cycle training courses on offer.
The Auckland traffic is notorious for being, well, terrible. But carpooling offers a nice alternative to the solo motorway crawl, and sites like this can help you to find a carpool crew.
Get me an IT job in Auckland!
We’re adding new jobs every day – browse our Auckland IT job listings to see who’s currently recruiting in the tech-hub. IT recruitment in Auckland (and the rest of New Zealand) is our specialty.
- A great site on Auckland, covering everything from dining, to shopping, to accommodation and living http://www.aucklandnz.com/