Competition for talent remains challenging for NZ CIOs

High salary demands, nearly no immigration, and strong demand for critical roles are requiring organisations to be creative in hiring IT staff.

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Talent shortages loom large in IT, and CIOs in New Zealand are not immune as borders remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and thus the ability to supplement local talent with new migrants remains difficult for the time being.

Hays Salary Guide, which surveyed about 3,500 professionals in New Zealand and Australia, found that salaries for technology professionals have risen across the New Zealand in the past year. In addition, organisations outside Auckland and Wellington may find they need to further increase incentives to lure potential employees, including nonsalary benefits that include things as diverse as learning and development opportunities, gym memberships, and raising Kiwisaver contributions.

NZ salaries for the most-in-demand IT roles

“The return of New Zealanders from international markets, where they earned significantly higher salaries, impacted local pay. These candidates returned with high salary expectations, and employers were prepared to lift their offers to secure their skills,” the Hays guide noted.

The roles most in demand, according to the guide, are in product development, digital transformation, change, data, security, governance, cloud computing, and devops. The guide’s findings chime with IDG’s 2021 State of the CIO survey, which showed that in the APAC region technology and implementation skills, as well as change- management skills, are in high demand.

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