Our recent market observations …

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As discussed in an earlier MTR Salary Guide, net migration continues at record levels with May 2016 seeing more people arriving than leaving New Zealand for the 22nd month in a row. According to an employment and immigration report, issued by the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in May 2016, New Zealand labour market growth has exceeded expectations. However, the market hasn’t quite grown enough to absorb all of the increase in the labour force. Apparently the increase in the labour force is due to a higher participation rate from two main sources; incoming migrants and a record increase in working age population. Despite that, we continue to see a shortage of strong candidates in the Auckland IT Market.

Excellent communication skills twinned with previous New Zealand experience continue to dominate our clients’ requirements when taking job briefs. This can be challenging for new migrants who may well have the prerequisite skills, personality and the commitment to find their first job in New Zealand. The skills in most demand continue to be C# Developers and Senior Software Testers although early winter coincided with a number of vacancies for Project Release Coordinators. Often deployed within Agile development environments, the role of the Project Release Coordinator is to ensure projects are delivered within agreed timelines while also ensuring that stakeholders needs are met. Agile development results in continuous changes which can extend agreed deadlines and budgets. The Project Release Coordinator’s role is to ensure projects remain on time and within budget by ensuring the less important changes are pushed into phase two. As such the organisation can remain compliant with timelines, stakeholders are included and the project can deliver the most bang for the organisations’ buck.

Something else which attracted our attention earlier in the year was a proposal for a ‘visa free commonwealth’ in which New Zealanders, Canadians, Britons and Australians would be able to work in each others countries without a visa. This was a popular idea amongst the individuals who were polled, especially Kiwis, Canadians and across the board, people under 35 years old. It will be interesting to see if this gains much traction as it would most likely add to our recent record net migration but also provide young Kiwis with opportunities to work in other countries as part of their much prized “overseas experience”. With Brexit expected to have an effect on the flow of people into and out of the UK, it will be interesting to see how this pans out. We will keep you posted.