Com­puter nerds lead­ing the pack in hunt for jobs

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PURONGORONGO - By NI­COLE PRYOR

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.

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