Computer nerds leading the pack in hunt for jobs
You might be called a computer nerd, but the odds are stacked in your favour for getting a job, and a well-paying one at that.
Job prospects in the information technology industry are good and growing, recruitment agencies say.
They account for more than 15 per cent of the jobs listed on recruitment site Seek, with over 2000 jobs advertised on any given day.
On Trade Me Jobs there are more than 1000 IT jobs advertised.
The sector is consistently in the top five industries for job opportunities, followed by trades and services, sales, manufacturing and engineering.
Since January, the number of IT jobs advertised on Seek is up 11 per cent, with over 31,000 IT jobs listed at September 30.
The number of IT listings in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch rose 14, 5 and 17 per cent respectively.
They are among the highest-paid roles in the country with an average salary of $88,128, which is 22 per cent, or about $15,800, more than the average job advertised on Seek.
The industry was growing and employed thousands of people across the country and millions worldwide, Seek’s Janet Faulding said.
"IT is central to most businesses and with more than 31,000 jobs in the information and communication technology sector advertised on seek.co.nz this year alone, it currently boasts the highest number of job opportunities of any sector in New Zealand," she said.
"The opportunities for career advancement and financial reward within the information and communication technology sector are excellent."
The rapid technology advances required IT workers to continually develop skills and knowledge, she said.
"There is a strong appetite among people to work in the IT sector, with applications for roles advertised on seek.co.nz up 13 per cent since January," she said.