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Strong demand for innovation means more jobs in tech sector

Looking for a career change? For a higher employment rate it might pay to look into the telecommunications, IT and tech sectors. 

According to a recent report from Hudson, at 54% the telecommunications sector recorded the highest permanent hiring intentions, with IT coming in close second at 48%. 

Roman Rogers, regional general manager for Hudson New Zealand, echoes the results.

“Not only do the telecommunications and IT sectors have the highest outlooks, technology professionals are in high demand too,” says Rogers.

“The boom is being led by a number of transformative change programmes. Companies are creating and commercialising new ideas, established organisations and the government are showing a relentless appetite for adapting technology that drives efficiency and reduces costs, and the banking sector is looking at technology as an enabler,” he adds.

Nationally, the report states that more than three quarters of New Zealanders are on the hunt for a new job, with the number seeking new roles up by more than 20% for the first half of the year.

Rogers says that it’s not uncommon for people to take time over the holiday break to sit on the beach and reassess their career.

“If they’re considering a move, they either pull the pin straight away or stick it out and see how things go. If they get to the half-year mark and nothing’s changed, then they look to move on,” says Rogers.

While there is still a huge amount of people on the hunt for work, hiring intentions have remained the same. The report found that hiring sentiment is completely unchanged since the first half of the year at 29%, something that Rogers says continues to be an ongoing thing.

“We are seeing consistent rhetoric from employers around the need for adaptability, problem solving and resilience in new talent. Business leaders know that, in today’s world, staying still means falling behind," says Rogers.  

"Organisations are looking to gain a competitive advantage through innovation and the use of cutting-edge technologies."