The Auckland tech market is experiencing a boom period of growth and demand, with salaries increasing six per cent across the country in 2016.
Specific to the City of Sails, job listings surged 27.2 per cent year-on-year according to the latest Trade Me data, as tech specialists continue to demand higher salary packages.
But this trend isn’t specific to Auckland, with the Kiwi tech sector in general driven by strong demand for digital specialists, prompting considerable job growth as a result.
“Demand for tech professionals is growing at an extraordinary pace as new technologies rapidly bring new jobs and new levels of innovation to New Zealand businesses,” Potentia managing director, Nathan Bryant-Taukiri, said.
“Competition to attract skilled workers is fierce, with firms often willing to pay a premium to fill positions.”
According to Potentia data, the average full-time salary for jobs in the local tech sector now stands at $110,355.
Delving deeper, Delivery Services Managers currently top the list of highest paying jobs in the industry, with an average salary of $178,590, followed by Chief Information Security Officers ($164,000), Consulting Services Manager ($158,280) and Data Science Managers ($152,300).
In addition, Programme Managers round out the list of top five highest paying tech jobs, with an average annual salary of $151,720.
“The increasing digitisation of many industries is creating huge opportunities for delivery management skills,” Bryant-Taukiri added.
“Enterprises must make sure that work programmes are successful, often amongst fluid and volatile environments. Individuals who can operate optimally in this state and deliver value are in demand and worth the premium required.”
As reported by Reseller News, salaries for experienced security professionals have also skyrocketed over the last 12 months, particularly in the wake of a number of high profile attacks – such as the Panama Papers – which has exposed the risk to organisations of not sufficiently protecting sensitive information.
“We also saw rapid growth in salaries for professionals with strong data and analytics skills over the last year as businesses increasingly look to leverage data to gain a commercial edge,” Bryant-Taukiri added.
“Employers’ demand for data scientists currently exceeds supply and is driving strong growth in pay packets.”
Bryant-Taukiri said statistical analysis and data mining consistently dominates LinkedIn’s annual Top Skills list, taking out the number two spot in 2016 and 2015, and the number one position in 2014.
“It is important that professionals across the ever-evolving digital tech industry keep their technical skills current - it may lead to a bump in pay, greater job security and increased potential for promotion,” Bryant-Taukiri advised.
“Now is also a great time for people who are thinking about a career in tech to acquire new skills and tap into the range and variety of jobs on offer.”
The top five highest paying tech jobs in New Zealand:
- Delivery Services Manager - $178,590
- Chief Information Security Officer - $164,000
- Consulting Services Manager - $158,280
- Data Science Manager - $152,300
- Programme Manager - $151,720