Tech hub for New Zealand
Christchurch has the opportunity to be a technically innovative city and become a hub of IT knowledge for New Zealand. The rebuild provides the opportunity to create such a hub, with a growing IT sector attracting innovative businesses to Christchurch, both from within New Zealand and internationally.
Businesses hope an exciting future for the sector will encourage valuable talent to stay in Christchurch. This is reflected in the forecast of added job security with contract positions expected to make up less than 8% of available roles in the next six months.
Career progression key for employees
As a result of the rebuild, demand for IT is growing and there are more jobs available in the Christchurch market. However, while most employees feel there are plenty of jobs around, fewer feel roles offer good opportunities for career progression.
Employees feel that as the majority of IT teams are small they need to move company to progress.
There is a need for better cross-training for employees to progress their roles and skills and more middle and senior management positions are needed to give people confidence in their future within a company.
Supporting Christchurch growth
The Christchurch IT sector recognises the value it has in supporting start-ups and SMEs in Christchurch.
There is a strong call for financial support from the government such as subsidies, incentives and free services including broadband.