20 May 2019 · Absolute IT

Our latest Absolute IT Wellington Regional Report makes it clear that IT employers in the capital are increasingly under pressure as Wellington is feeling the effects of the booming demand for digital and agile skills.

The Report found that Wellington employers are saying it is twice as hard to source talent in 2019 than it was in 2017. Currently 40% of Wellington IT employers say it is harder to source talent compared to a year ago, in 2017 that figure was 20%.

Challenging market for IT employers

“There is a huge appetite for candidates with skills that can help organisations with their digital transformation projects, data storage solutions, data security and data analysis challenges as well as the automation of their processes. We have certainly found that candidates with these skill sets are in such high demand that when they want to change jobs, they usually have several job offers to choose from and employers have to act fast and put their best offer on the table to stand a chance to attract these candidates,” says Sarah Bills, Regional Manager for Wellington at Absolute IT.

Top skills in demand

The top 10 skills that IT employers are looking for has also started to change a lot over the last two or three years.

“The top three skills-in-demand has historically always been software development, business analysis and project management. For the first time the demand for Agile skills came in at number three followed by data/database skills at number four. Project management has moved to number five and is closely followed by a demand for digital/cloud skills,” says Bills.

What is particularly interesting is when you do a cross reference between skills available and skills in demand, a clear picture emerges of the skills gap in certain areas.

“Wellington is a candidate driven market and we expect this to be the case for the foreseeable future. Savvy IT employers are using several strategies to attract IT talent. Non-financial benefits such as remote working, flexible working conditions and a fun and collaborative work culture are all softer perks that come into play when they offer a position.”

View and download the full 2019 Wellington Report here.