Wellington's LookSee programme has wrapped. The initiative brought over 100 IT and digital tech innovators from around the world to meet prospective employers in New Zealand's capital. Designed by New Zealand Immigration and the NZTech Alliance to encourage top tech talent to bring their skills to the city, the programme offered fully paid week-long visits for select individuals. This is the kind of government level support for IT and tech jobs in Wellington that makes the city such a vibrant digital environment, and an appealing place to live.
89 per cent strongly agree that Wellington is a great place to live.
A LookSee at Wellington's attraction
Deutsche Bank named Wellington the city with the best quality of life in 2017, beating 47 global cities to the top spot, according to Wellington.co.nz.
Efficient public transport, reasonable house prices and innovative job opportunities were just a few of the factors identified as making Wellington such a desirable spot:
- 89 per cent agree or strongly agree that Wellington is a great place to live, compared with the national average of 79 per cent.
- 86 per cent report Wellington has a culturally rich and diverse arts scene.
- Wellington has a diverse range of landscapes including 50,000 hectares of regional parks and forests and large back-country areas for hiking and camping.
But is Wellington a good place to work in IT and digital technology?
The city council's Economic Futures Modelling report identified the Wellington region as "having a comparatively large share of employment in knowledge intensive sectors". IT and technology are now cornerstones of Wellington's economy, with research and technology development agencies growing at a faster rate than the rest of New Zealand in the last nine years, according to the same report.
The city's intimate business community makes networking with tech gurus and IT aficionados easy, and there is a lively start-up scene. Wellington.co.nz identified facilities like Creative HQ as hubs for facilitating and supporting start-up technology and IT software firms, while events like the Start Up Garage encourage digital workers with innovative ideas to come forward for professional guidance.
The city is also home to some of New Zealand's most creative names, including software firms like Optimal Workshop, who design usability testing tools to help designers improve the user experience of their products. Further government investment in establishing nationally renowned tech names like this bodes well for IT career-focused talent.
Where 920 Career Agents come in
As Wellington becomes a more desirable place to live, the number of jobs in the IT and digital technology scenes will grow too – LookSee is just the beginning of the city's rise into the tech limelight. For more information on Wellington's IT job market, or for assistance in starting your digital technology career in New Zealand's capital, contact our specialist team today.