The tech industry is on the rise in New Zealand. With over 28,000 firms, 100,000 employees and $16.2 billion of our national gross domestic product (GDP), tech already represents a significant portion of our country’s workforce and exports.1
And it’s growing! A steady growth of 7% to employment, 5% to revenue and 9.4% to exports shows that an IT career in New Zealand is only going to grow from strength to strength.1
So if you’re looking for IT jobs in New Zealand, which cities are best for you? We discuss the findings of national industry body, NZTech, as found in the “From Tech Sector to Digital Nation” report.2
Auckland IT and tech jobs
As New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland is a commercial and cultural hub. With an astounding dining scene, fantastic venues and constantly evolving public transport, there’s plenty to contribute to a great lifestyle in this bustling centre. Employment opportunities are distributed throughout the city, with some concentration around Wynyard Quarter, the North Shore, Mount Wellington and the central city universities.
Auckland’s ICT and tech sector alone contributes an enormous $7.8 billion to New Zealand’s GDP and employs close to 50,000 digitally skilled workers. Among the many fantastic employers in the city, Auckland Council represents a large portion of the workforce as the ninth largest employer of IT professionals in the country.3
Wellington IT and tech jobs
Our nation’s capital, Wellington is colourful, diverse and proud. The city’s smaller size builds a strong sense of community and major streets such as Courtenay Place and Cuba Street shine as hubs for cultural and social fulfillment. Wellington has also been the centre of the largest demand growth for digital skills, and embraces the tagline of “New Zealand’s high tech capital” with a vibrant local IT scene and a number of globally successful businesses.
The games development sector is on the rise in Wellington too, home to a number of internationally recognised studios and national industry events, NZ Game Developers Conference and NZ Games Festival.4
Though representing only 11% of our national population, Wellington accounts for 15% ($2.4 billion) of our national tech sector’s GDP and employs over 13,000 workers. Much of the capital’s industry employment is concentrated in the CBD, which houses over 5,000 ICT firms.
Christchurch IT and tech jobs
Christchurch is a beautiful city, slowly rebuilding following the 2011 earthquakes. Prior to the quakes, the enormous agricultural and manufacturing sectors of Christchurch greatly supported the rise of tech, with our sector growing at 1.5 times the national rate. Since then, growth has slowed but the local council has identified tech as an important investment area and has consequently developed a long-term strategy to attract talent and nurture the industry.5
Despite slowing growth, Christchurch still matches Wellington’s industry performance, with the South Island centre being the source of $2.4 billion of the sector’s GDP and hiring over 14,000 workers.
New Zealand is rife with potential for anyone looking to make a lasting career in tech and IT. If you’re looking for IT jobs in New Zealand, get in touch with 920 Career Agents today.
1-NZTech, Overview of the New Zealand technology sector
2-NZTech, From Tech Sector to Digital Nation
3-NZTech, Digital Skills for a Digital Nation
4-WellingtonNZ, Wellington’s game development industry is one to watch
5-Canterbury Development Corporation, Christchurch’s Tech Sector Strategy 2015-2025