Wellington Scoop

Survey shows IT professionals are happier working in Wellington, and better paid

The New Zealand Herald has reported that IT professionals are happier working in Wellington than in Auckland.

Auckland IT professionals are ten per cent more likely to head overseas for a more lucrative job offer than their Wellington counterparts, the Herald reports, quoting the Wellington Market Insight report by recruitment firm Absolute IT.

The research suggests that higher pay in Wellington is helping to retain talent.

IT workers in Wellington are offered base salaries worth, on average, $5000 to $10,000 more than those in other areas, the report says.

But Absolute IT director Grant Burley said it’s not just pay that’s helping to stop Wellington IT workers from jumping on a plane. “Wellington ICT professionals are part of a well-networked community where culture and team fit are highly valued, ideals which are reflected in how happy Wellington ICT professionals are at work.”

The Herald tells its readers that some of the country’s biggest and fastest-growing technology firms have their headquarters in the capital, including cloud-based accounting software company Xero, IT services provider Fronde and online auction website Trade Me.

It says over 70 per cent of Wellington private sector IT employers are planning to take on new staff this year, while 69 per cent of public sector employers are planning to recruit IT workers.


  1. Celia WB, 26. May 2013, 23:31

    Good news for hi-tech businesses in the capital and the places their workers will spend their money. Interesting it’s reported in The Herald, not the Dom!

  2. Ian Apperley, 27. May 2013, 9:27

    The survey was on whether people in AKL or WGTN were more likely to leave the country, for Aus.

    Somehow that has been spun out into a shining picture of ICT in Wellington when it is anything but.

    Gen-I and Telecom are shedding hundreds of ICT workers, dozens a week at the moment. HP have just finished nearly a year of cuts. Dozens of ICT workers have been chopped out of Government departments. Other large multinationals in the city have been steadily reducing ICT staff.

    In the past three years I can count about 15 colleagues that have moved to Australia after being made redundant or just not having the opportunities in New Zealand.

    There are hundreds of ICT workers sitting on the beach here at the moment looking for work, its the worst I have seen it since 1999.

  3. lindsay, 27. May 2013, 10:10

    Ian. I think you’re wrong when you say the survey was about people rather than ICT people. It was carried out by Absolute IT and canvassed 240 employers and 1400 IT professionals in Wellington. It also reports that 69/70 per cent of Wellington employers are planning to take on new IT staff this year.

  4. Ian Apperley, 27. May 2013, 11:32

    Thanks Lindsay,

    Doesn’t change the facts that I’ve outlined here at all.

    The recruitment surveys are notoriously unreliable as you’ll see from other online blogs and posts about the same.