A project designed to attract overseas talent to work in New Zealand's health technology sector has attracted around 1000 registrants according to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce.
Speaking at the Medical Technology conference in Auckland today, Joyce said 12 New Zealand health technology companies – including Fisher & Paykel Healthcare and Orion Health – have been working with government agencies such as New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Immigration New Zealand to recruit hundreds of skilled employees for roles in the New Zealand health technology sector.
“The health technology global attraction project, launched on December 28 last year, followed the 2011 Medical Technology Industry Blueprint which identified that one of the key constraints to growth is a lack of access to appropriately skilled talent,” Joyce says.
“This is the first time a collaborative, industry-wide approach has been taken to create a talent pool for New Zealand health technology companies. The project which has used LinkedIn, Google and Facebook, has been successful with around 1000 people now registered from around the world with a range of skills and experience that our health technology companies need.
Joyce says New Zealand exports around $800 million a year in the health technology sector and this figure was expected to double in the next five years.