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Jobs Report IT NZ - Jul to Dec 2018


July – December 2018

Hotspots of skills in demand 

Over half (53 per cent) of employers in New Zealand expect to increase permanent staff levels in the next 12 months, exceeding the 8 per cent who say they’ll decrease. According to the 2018-19 Hays Salary Guide, 18 per cent also expect to increase their use of temporary and contract staff, exceeding the 11 per cent who anticipate decreasing in this area. Meanwhile, 21 per cent now employ temporary and contract staff on a regular ongoing basis, with another 41 per cent employing them for special projects or workloads.

Given vacancy activity, hotspots of skills in demand are emerging. Demand will be high for DevOps professionals for continuous delivery in an agile environment. Employers look for candidates with cross functional digital skills. DevOps remains a growth area, especially at the enterprise level to support business transformation and accelerate the delivery of applications while maintaining quality.

.NET Developers are in continuous demand to develop software, while the growing popularity of .NET Core is fuelling demand for Developers with commercial experience utilising this framework.

Business Intelligence Developers are required as organisation mine their own data for greater customer insights.

Front-End Developers with SilverStripe expertise are in demand since this is a popular content management system, and a New Zealand-based product, that many organisations are using. We’re also seeing demand for Front-End Developers with React JavaScript expertise to create interactive user interfaces. Those who have heavily customised Drupal are also sought as a strong alternative to SilverStripe Developers.

Python Developers are required too since this coding language is growing in popularity.

Full Stack Developers are sought by small to medium enterprises and the public sector. These professionals understand the latest frameworks, design cloud integration solutions and develop across the technology stack, thereby reducing the need for additional headcount.

In addition, Full Stack Engineers with Node.js expertise are needed since, in certain situations, this open-source, cross-platform JavaScript environment is considered more flexible and talks to the user interface more easily.

Senior Automation Engineers with continuous integration skills are required as organisations look for people who can detect problems early and protect data.

Senior Developers with continuous delivery expertise are sought. Having this skill in a team allows code to be released at any time.

Experienced Senior PHP Developers are in short supply. Suitable candidates are capable of heavy coding and website development from scratch. Client-facing soft skills are essential too.

UX/UI Designers are in demand. The growth of digital technology, especially mobile, has led to an increase in demand for candidates to create more advanced solutions to better engage with end users.

The migration of local infrastructure to cloud platforms, in particular Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services, is fuelling demand for Cloud and Security Architects and Engineers with exposure to DevOps environments.

Data Scientists and Engineers with big data software expertise, particularly Hadoop, are in short supply. Most candidates prefer roles overseas.

Employers still look for entry-level candidates with Visual Basic experience. However, few entry-level candidates learn or are interested in such legacy technology.

Cyber Security and Data Security candidates are in ongoing demand in response to the never-ending and increasing threats that organisations face. With high demand but a small candidate pool, organisations are using the complexity of their projects and attractive salaries to compete for the top talent.

Infrastructure Engineers are also sought. Managers want strong generalist candidates with several areas of expertise.

Onsite Helpdesk professionals are in demand for corporate organisations that want IT support onsite to liaise directly with staff for an immediate resolution.

Employers are also experimenting with new and emerging disruptive technologies such as augmented reality, blockchain and machine learning. Any candidate with commercial experience in these areas is therefore in demand.

Salary trends

Almost two-thirds (64 per cent) of employers will give skilled professionals a pay rise of less than 3 per cent in their next review while 8 per cent will not increase salaries at all. According to the 2018-19 Hays Salary Guide, a further 22 per cent will give staff an increase of 3 to 6 per cent. Just 6 per cent will increase by 6 per cent or more.

Employees however have higher expectations for a salary increase. Over two-thirds (69 per cent) say a salary increase is their number one career priority this year. 26 per cent expect an increase of 6 per cent or more. A further 22 per cent expect an increase of between 3 to 6 per cent. At the other end of the scale, 19 per cent do not expect any increase and 33 per cent expect less than 3 per cent.

For more, see our Hays Salary Guide

Jobseeker advice

Upskilling has become a constant requirement to remain employable in today’s rapidly changing world of work. Research from management consulting firm McKinsey suggests about 60% of occupations could see at least a third of their job tasks automated. Meanwhile, a report published by Deloitte claims the half-life of learned skills is now about five years.

To find out how to stay relevant and employable in the face of all this rapid change, see our upskilling advice here.