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The City of Wellington - a true ICT hotspot…

From Lonely Planet to Vogue, Wellington is trending as the World’s Coolest Little Capital, and its success is not simply due to a brilliant PR campaign.

From Lonely Planet to Vogue, Wellington is trending as the World’s Coolest Little Capital, and its success is not simply due to a brilliant PR campaign.

“Wellington is one of the best places in the world to live, and if you’re working in the IT sector in particular, it might be time you considered a move to this popular city,” says Grant Burley, Director, Absolute IT - an ICT employment company in New Zealand.

So with the buzz around the capital city reaching fever pitch, Burley asks ‘Why Wellington for ICT professionals?

“Wellington has everything you need in a city,” he explains.

“A great nightlife, an established and delicious dining scene, solid culture and art presence swagger with beautiful street art, and access to some of the most beautiful scenery you’ve ever seen in this part of the world.

“If you love the city and the outdoors, Wellington combines the two in New Zealand. In Wellington you’re surrounded by exquisite nature such as the Rimutakas, Kapiti Coast and Martinborough that are only an hour away in all directions.”

In addition to these outside-the-city getaways, Burley says Wellington itself has “wonderful nature walks” such as winding trails on Mt. Victoria to the fern-lush bush walks at Otari Wilton.

“Whatever it is you’re looking for, Wellington’s got it,” he adds. “And if you know ICT like the back of your hand, then Wellington wants you.”

ICT professionals in hot demand

According to recent Absolute IT figures, ICT professionals are in hot demand in Wellington with new job opportunities popping up every day.

While ICT job numbers are up for the whole of New Zealand, Burley says Wellington in particular is recording the strongest growth in the tech sector with a noticeable 4.8 percent increase in recent job ads.

But despite taking out the top spot regionally, 31 percent of Wellington tech employers are finding it harder to attract the ICT talent they need this year, with 70 percent believing access to suitably qualified IT talent is the biggest challenge for the city in 2015, according to the latest Absolute IT Tech Employer Insight Report.

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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.”