15 September 2020 · Absolute IT Reports

Our latest Christchurch Regional Report has just been released and it is apparent that our tech and digital sectors’ fast pace and dynamic nature is a demanding environment for both IT employers and job seekers in the region.

We are seeing that the era of constant innovation and disruptive technologies is putting pressure on IT employers and jobseekers alike. There is a demand for skilled candidates who can help organisations develop cutting edge software solutions and lead agile transformations. We also discuss skill sets that employers are seeking out in order to navigate the post-COVID landscape successfully.

Christchurch employers have mentioned that they continue to find it harder year on year to attract high performing candidates through their own recruitment endeavours. At the same time, they also face issues holding on to IT talent, who are often swayed to join competitors or take up contract opportunities for an increased income. Meanwhile, techs are under pressure to constantly skill up and career development opportunities are one of their primary drivers when they look for a new role.

In this report we take a closer look at the most in demand skills from IT employers versus the skills available in Christchurch, the key reasons why IT employers are hiring and what factors play a role in workplace satisfaction.

We began compiling information for this report before the wide-reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic began to impact New Zealand. The workforce challenges that we are on track to face in the future require us to take action and develop the mechanisms, tools and technologies that we will require to succeed. With the right balance of skill development and planning we can look forward to a more robust workforce who are more fully equipped to succeed in the future.