Cities vie for top IT jobs title

Auckland is the nation's capital in terms of total IT job vacancies. But for many, Wellington could offer better job opportunities.

Auckland is the nation’s capital in terms of total IT job vacancies. But for many, Wellington could offer better job opportunities.

The windy city was excited the other week when a job website claimed Wellington had almost as many IT job vacancies as Auckland and strong growth could see it steal the nation’s IT crown.

But the much larger JobUniverse site, run by Computerworld publisher IDG Communications, shows Aucklanders getting by far the biggest bite of the nation’s IT jobs. Auckland listings exceeded 1500 vacancies, compared with 962 in Wellington, last week.

Employment agencies are split over a national winner.

Icon says it has around 200 IT vacancies in Wellington compared with 140 in Auckland. Candle IT& T says Wellington used to have more vacancies, but Auckland now leads 3:2. Morgan & Banks believes Auckland has more IT work but that that may change. And Spherion, formerly Wilson White, says both centres are about the same.

Icon Auckland branch manager Craig Parsons reports “strong growth” in both cities, with new jobs every day. The government is seeking IT staff for various projects but corporates are also relocating to Auckland, or establishing new bases there, he says. Auckland is best for software development, but Wellington has many corporates launching projects needing Java skills to add to their existing systems. “If I was a Java man, I can pretty much go where I like,” says Parsons.

“If I was a CIO I would probably still go to Wellington as most large corporates that need a CIO are still in Wellington. Most development houses in Auckland have a flat management structure, so won’t need a CIO,” he says.

From a language perspective, Auckland companies predominantly request Java, VB, Oracle, Delphi, C++, C, HTML skill-sets with a few requests for RPG, AS400, Cobol, CICS and DB2. Wellington head offices require much RPG, Cobol, CICS and DB2 skill-sets for mainframes. Demand for Java, VB, Oracle, Delphi, C++, C and HTML is steady, Parsons says. And both have eight to 10 recruitment agencies “serious” in IT, he says.

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