It's been an exciting year in the New Zealand digital tech and IT sector, with huge growth in technologies nationwide. IT service exports are now worth nearly $1 billion1, and employment has risen rapidly, fuelling the nation's development into a regional technology hub.
Looking ahead, here is our take on the four IT recruitment changes that will affect New Zealand in 2018.
We can expect off-site co-working spaces within organisations and techpooling of digital resources.
The rise of off-site
Smart devices and Wi-Fi access have settled the flexible working debate. The benefits to employee flexibility lie in allowing skilled workers to perform their day-to-day independently, boosting your business' productivity.
Expect off-site co-working spaces within organisations and tech carpooling to share digital resources. These boast the benefits of allowing your workers to collaborate and interact away from the office environment while sharing vital resources. Companies who continue to dig their heels in over the issue will be outclassed – and outbid – in the talent-for-hire market.
Live communication becomes key
Live video is already a drawcard, with Facebook livestreaming become increasingly popular. This kind of video technology is ideal for tutorials and online demonstrations, allowing staff or customers to view content while guiding their experience remotely.
Similarly, device-led, seamless video chat is already abundant – but fully harnessing its potential in 2018 can have massive benefits for your business. Using it to perform multi-person conferences, group interviews and seminar sessions make rich information delineation easier and quicker than ever before.
The gig economy is flourishing in the digital tech and IT sector.
Salary or wage?
Ongoing tightening of salaries will lead more workers to adopt a contractor mindset. The gig economy is flourishing in tech, with Seek Insights identifying the potential for recruiters to make use of this changing mindset to create pools of specialised contractual talent.
Workers will need to have highly mobile skillsets, migrate easily between projects and companies and deliver on requests quickly. Despite these challenges, those who are successful will reap huge rewards in this talent pool.
Bring on the abbreviations
AI, VR, ACCAs? The digital space in New Zealand is set to be revolutionised by abbreviations in 2018, with the technology important in the coming year set to change how businesses interact.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) will help guide internal staff in managing their day-to-day schedules and researching, giving richer and more compelling information. Virtual Reality (VR) will allow employees and candidates to interact in a more tangible way than ever before, and Automated Customer Care Assistants (ACCA), or Chatbots, will aid applicants in applying for jobs with very specific requirements.
It's been an exciting year in the New Zealand digital tech and IT sector, with huge growth in technologies nationwide.
The future of New Zealand IT and digital tech looks brighter than ever – for more insights about emerging trends in the coming year, contact the 920 team today.
1– Ministry of Business report.