IT needs 35,000 more staff

Number of full-time IT employees must increase to attain Digital Strategy goals

The HiGrowth Project is seeking a researcher to undertake a study into why more immigrants aren’t being employed in the ICT sector.

The project has put out an RFP (request for proposal) for a researcher to look into the matter. The document notes that “The Digital Strategy set as one of its 12 desired outcomes that ‘the ICT sector will contribute 10% of New Zealand’s GDP by 2012’,” but that it currently contributes only 5.2%.

It goes on to say that, “To attain the goals set in the ICT Taskforce Report and Digital Strategy, the ICT industry will need to increase its full-time employees by some 35,000 in the next ten years.

“These employees are not all going to be found indigenously and there is a heavy reliance on immigrants to meet this expectation.”

The tender identifies several factors believed to be preventing greater numbers of skilled IT immigrants being employed. They include “salary expectations versus relative value of living here, scope of positions being offered, real costs of immigrating and benefits to be gained from working in New Zealand for both employee and family”.

Also on the list of impediments are “employer concerns over commitment and suitability of distant applicants plus the time and cost involved in transfer.”

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