Thursday, 28 January 2016 12:45

Wellington still on the lookout for Aussie tech talent


Wellington continues the New Zealand push to attract tech talent from Australia, putting out figures today which show that the city continues to offer what it says are the “most competitive salaries and most affordable big city housing” to Australians considering a move across the Tasman.

The city cites the figures from job search giant Seek that the average advertised salary in Wellington for 2015 was NZ$80,348, the most for any region in New Zealand and 6% higher than any other.

Auckland was in second spot on NZ$75,856, with Taranaki a place back on NZ$72,475, and the average advertised annual salary across New Zealand was NZ$73,873.

Seek spokesperson Sarah Macartney says Seek’s online job advertisements in Wellington had increased over the past twelve months in education and training (+36%), construction (+20%), Advertising and the Arts (+14%), Human Resources (+14%), with and science and technology up by 11%.

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“The diversity of growing industries in Wellington highlights the breadth of opportunities that are available. As the capital of New Zealand, there is a lot more to Wellington’s employment market than government jobs."

Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency Chief Executive Chris Whelan says that with more highly-skilled jobs, higher salaries and a lower cost of living than New Zealand’s other big cities, Wellington suits smart people looking for a great lifestyle.

“Australasian professionals who’d like to advance their careers, get into a reasonably-priced family home, and live in a city that’s known internationally for culture, cuisine and creativity, should take a good look at Wellington.

“Plus, with the residential property market in the region showing signs of increasing activity, Wellington also offers long-term wealth creation opportunities.”

And, the median house price in Wellington in October 2015 was NZ$435,000, compared to Auckland’s NZ$765,000, while the national median was NZ$549,500, according to Real Estate Institute of New Zealand figures.

And, if you are not yet enticed across the ditch, here's some statisitics on ICT employment in Wellington:

•    Wellingtonians are twice as likely to work in ICT as those in other New Zealand regions

•    More people in the Wellington region now work in technology-related sectors than in the public sector

•    Almost 50% of Wellington’s working population is in knowledge-intensive industries, the highest proportion in New Zealand

•    Wellington has the most educated workforce in New Zealand with 28% of residents holding tertiary qualifications, compared with 20% in New Zealand has a whole

•    New Zealand is ranked 17th in the world for Business competitiveness

•    13 Wellington companies featured on the Deloitte Fast 500 Asia Pacific list, 2015

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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