Change isn’t optional: success is

Platform migrations. Software rollouts. System integrations. Regulatory changes. Data optimisation. Automation. All happening at the same time as a fundamental shift in how we work. 

Change isn’t optional but there are real risks to budget and the business when things are mismanaged. That’s why you need experts in Agile project and change methodologies, practices and processes. People who’ll ensure that technological implementation and adoption will be successful, no matter the size of your organisation or the scale of your programme. 

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We’re specialised in recruiting IT project and change management talent across financial services, commerce & industry and public sector markets. 

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  As organisations look to deliver their post-Covid portfolio of work, there is an extraordinary demand for Project and Change Managers. Experienced and capable Project Managers, particularly those with Agile delivery experience, are highly sought after. And as organisations look to embed business transformation, Change Managers have an indispensable role to play.

No matter the scale of the project or the magnitude of the change, we’ll find the people you need to make it happen.  
Robert Beckley, Regional Director 
Recruiting experts in Technology 

Your IT project & change management recruitment questions, answered

Is competition high for IT project managers and change managers? 

Given the number of transformation and change projects taking place – largely due to legislative changes, Covid-19 and automation rollouts – it’s no surprise that the demand for IT project and change managers is at an all-time high in New Zealand.
 
But, the uncertainty of the wider market has made it more difficult for employers to tempt these specialists to join their team, meaning your salary and benefits offering must be competitive – and your role is positioned as an exciting opportunity for an ambitious professional to grow - in order to secure the best people.

How can I improve my recruitment process to secure the right IT project and change management specialists? 

In the case of IT project and change manager roles, we’ve seen the high demand directly causing a much shorter turnaround time between first interviews and job offers being made. Couple this with high competition for top talent, we have one key piece of advice for you: move quickly or you’ll lose out.
 
Don’t wait too long before deciding to search for a project or change manager, and once you’ve found the right person, be quick to secure them.   

What’s the typical salary for an IT project manager or a change manager in New Zealand? 

Salaries for project managers can start at $100,000 increasing to up to $155,000 for senior professionals. Change manager salaries tend to start at around $110,000 increasing to $155,000 for the most experienced professionals. 
 
Refer to the Hays IT Salary Guide for more specific IT salaries in your location. 

What skills are important for IT project and change managers to have? 

When recruiting for a project or change manager, you’ll want someone who has good knowledge and understanding of project and programme management methodologies, project control tools and techniques, and their practical applications.
 
Professional qualifications in project management, such as PRINCE2 or PMP are useful. So too, is a demonstrable awareness of change management techniques and experience in Agile methodologies: you want to hire someone who has provable experience delivering a complex or multifaceted project with an Agile approach and can therefore react flexibly to constantly moving parts of project delivery.
 
Professionals should also be technical: showing a deep understanding of the tech they will be looking to deliver or optimise. Finally, communication, stakeholder management, negotiation and influencing skills are all also high on the list of must-haves when choosing the right professional.

Aside from a good salary, how can I attract the best IT project and change managers in New Zealand? 

Project and change management professionals value training and flexible working. This is an area that is constantly evolving, and employees have an appetite for continued learning and upskilling, so where possible – offer support for training.
 
Flexible working practices are also important to professionals, and they will be on the lookout for organisations with their long-term flexible working policies established before applying for a job.