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Immigration (48,000 applications) not the silver bullet for tech skills shortages

Press Release – NZTech
While the Wellington campaign LookSee has garnered over 48,000 applications, it doesn’t mean that tech skills shortage is solved, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

New Zealand should not depend on immigration as the silver bullet to the tech skills shortages, so the work the education system is doing to help build local talent is critical.

NZTech is one of the innovators behind the incredibly successful LookSee campaign in Wellington – in collaboration with Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, Workhere and Immigration NZ – and Muller says he is excited to see so much international demand for tech roles in New Zealand.

“This means we can now select the very best and bring high quality talent into the country. The LookSee international marketing campaign was designed to fill about 250 open senior developer roles in Wellington.

“There are firms right across New Zealand that are still struggling to find enough people with digital skills, in tech firms and in organisations across most sectors. Once Wellington has finalised the LookSee campaign the plan is to ensure as many other roles are filled throughout New Zealand from the highest quality applicants.

“The introduction of digital technologies to the New Zealand curricula from 2018 for all ages from year one to 13 is a great step toward helping prepare the future workforce for the future jobs that will be highly digital.

“As technology becomes more pervasive we are already seeing the demand for tech skills accelerate across all sectors. This demand, plus the rapid growth of the tech sector means the number of unfilled tech roles continues to rise.

“With these changes in the education system, we expect to see the supply of local tech talent slowly increase over the coming years to better meet the growing demand. The Digital Skills Forum, an industry/government working group on addressing digital skills shortages is about to launch a national survey to quantify the current shortages, identify the skills most needed and forecast their demand. This work will be used to help fine tune the immigration and education systems to better match demand.

“Other activities to help develop interest in tech roles includes NZTech’s Shadow Tech day which in June will take young girls from schools and match them with a woman in tech for a day to get a feel for working in the tech sector.”

Muller says it is fantastic that the sector continues to grow so fast. Tech is now the third largest export from New Zealand and the fastest growing sector, employing over 100,000 people. There are tech skills shortages throughout the world and he says New Zealand is doing a great job working creatively to help bridge the gap.

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  1. Angus Rubinstein, 8. April 2017, 3:27

    Is LookSeeWellington truly successful? I doubt it. I think they’re hiring what they need – young, cheap coders, and what I see sometimes old fashioned technology. I screen some of the candidates who announce their status by Twitter, Facebook or other social media platforms. What I see is that people with a lifetime of experience are mostly declined. Most of them are over 35 to 50 – not cheap if you want to hire them. And that’s maybe one of the problems of the campaign. Most of the companies (2-5 exceptions) joining the campaign are not able to hire that kind of professional. Simple thing of cashflow. And that’s ok. I spend plenty of my career with innovative companies, creating business services and technology, using that to bring new functions to the market with which cash is created. For that I hired hundreds of coders and after they did the job, I let them go. That’s how global markets work. But the key persons I invested in are the people with the new ideas and the passion to create something new. Something not part of the LookSeeWellington campaign. I’m impressed with the 48,000 subscribers. But the filters kill all the interesting innovators because time isnt part of the filter. So if you kill 45000 by filter and are able to handle 3000, than it’s coders. People to hire and fire. I hope the campaign goes public with the people who are chosen. If not, there will be never a second chance for another campaign. But still good luck to all the companies. I hope they find the right candidates.

  2. Mike, 8. April 2017, 7:10

    There is a tech bubble that will pop when all this gimmicky technology is seen for what it is.

  3. Kitty, 13. April 2017, 20:37

    You screen by what a social media account states? That doesn’t give you a true indication of their skills. If you were to look me up, I’m basically all about meditation, spirituality and writing a book; however I have 17 years of Business Analyst experience for the Canadian Federal Govt. Just saying you have no idea who the candidates are if you aren’t actually doing the hiring 😉

  4. Mary M, 14. April 2017, 8:02

    Q) What does the new technology industry actually do?
    A) Creates more work, makes people vege out in virtual reality or inundates them with too much information or they spend their time digital socializing.

  5. Kitty, 14. April 2017, 20:27

    Mary, you clearly have no idea what information technology is all about. How do you think you’re receiving your data right now? Through a magic wand? How about the meta data you google and the management of that meta data? How about background console enhancements to support the ever changing usage of the internet and what consumerism, like yourself, is driving? That’s just to name a few. The delivery of the information you just obtained to respond to this post went through layers of IT evolution that you are clearly unaware of. I haven’t even touched on database management, cloud, SAAS. If you use online banking or even go to an ATM, there are many IT professionals behind that simple transaction. There are data processes, business processes, user interfaces and, research, testing, development, programming etc.

  6. Mary M, 15. April 2017, 11:05

    Kitty: oh but I do. You make your living in IT, so you have cognitive bias on the subject and deny that the new technology has created a whole industry, a bubble.
    People who work in weapons technology in the weapon industry also think it’s great.
    All the mega data is useless if people do not use it consciously (not just as it’s used for advertising, targeting consumers, profit and control). More processes that just create more processes .

  7. Kitty, 15. April 2017, 15:57

    That’s not the IT industry’s fault – that’s consumerism like everything else. The food you buy and what you choose to spend your money on creates more drive to enhance. So if you don’t like it, don’t consciously use it 😉 It comes down to individual ownership but hey it’s easy to blame the industries instead of owning up. Blame macdonalds for obesity. Hey don’t buy it! Blame cigarette companies for cancer. Hey don’t buy it! Everything is a business and consumers don’t realize how much power they have if they just stop or minimize their usage. Everything is money; if there isn’t a market it won’t thrive. Things don’t change until there is a mass consciousness awareness to change it and it starts with you! The markets will always move to where the drive is coming from.

  8. Mary M, 16. April 2017, 7:47

    Kitty, “Everything” is not money. Your idea is just a belief that you have been conditioned with.
    The market is a money monopoly; the banks tell billions of ignorant people what they need to buy to be content. Big venture capital and its media conglomerate started this “tech bubble.” It is nothing but more and more useless technology including mass surveillance creating spin-off tech companies and growing more processes. Creating industry for the moneylenders’ profit is technology in the service of madmen.

  9. Anabel, 16. April 2017, 13:12

    Kitty, no one is “blaming” the IT industry for the futility of the state of the technology industry. Everything is not money. But it’s a good point that we now believe “money is everything” and so value it above life, peace, compassion and kindness. You can’t buy a minute’s more life even with all the money in the world.