Capital gains for ICT skills
The Tech Employer Insight Report also shows that 85 percent of tech employers in the capital are planning to hire additional staff / contractors this year, representing a 15 percent increase on 2014 figures and 6 percent higher than the national average.
Furthermore, Burley says 44 percent plan to hire IT contractors and 56 percent permanent staff, a six percent increase in demand for permanent staff compared with 2014 figures.
The key skills sets Wellington tech employers are after this year include; strategy or consultancy, business analyst, project management, support/helpdesk, software development/programming, and network and infrastructure.
More cash in Wellington?
“While we know that money isn’t the top priority for most tech professionals,” Burley adds, “it always helps.”
According to latest Absolute IT figures, Wellington tech employers are “significantly more likely” to provide their staff / contractors with pay increases this year.
With 92 percent either planning to, or undecided about giving pay increases this year, Burley believes the odds are stacked in favour of most getting one.
In addition, Wellington also offers the highest median base salary at $90,000, ahead of Auckland on $82,500 and Christchurch on $75,000 according to the latest Absolute IT Remuneration Report.
Besides the beers and the coffee, Burley says Wellington has a lot to offer ICT professionals who make the move.
“Entrepreneurs, researchers, tech gurus and artists have all discovered why Wellington is the place to be, so what are you waiting for?” he adds. “Anything is possible in Wellington.”