In the last report, we noted that salary was more important to permanent workers than contractors. This year, that trend remains true, but the gap has closed slightly. Previously, 7.04% more permanent staff than contractors said that salary was important to them, compared to this year’s 5.13% (Christchurch) and 1.29% (Auckland).
So, if not salary, what drives contractors? From our findings, we have drawn some comparisons between Christchurch and Auckland to identify what our respondents’ top priorities are in an IT role:
Christchurch contractors: Christchurch contractors have three priorities: First, a company must offer flexible hours, as it is what they appreciate most in a company’s culture and also what they most enjoy about their work. Second, they must be able to achieve optimal work/life balance, given it’s what they want most in a new role. Third, there must be support from management/team leaders - they desire this in equal measure to flexible hours
Auckland contractors: Auckland contractors have similar priorities to their Cantabrian counterparts. They enjoy their flexible working hours, and it’s also what they look for in a company’s culture. Auckland contractors also desire work/life balance. However, support from management isn’t nearly as important to them as those in Christchurch - flexibility is
Christchurch permanent staff: Permanent full- and part-time Cantabrian IT professionals enjoy flexible hours and a variety of work equally. In a new job, they seek out work/life balance, followed by career opportunities. But converse to contractors, support from management is their top-most important aspect of a company’s culture.
Auckland permanent staff: Things look quite different for Aucklanders employed on a permanent basis. What they enjoy most is their access to good technology, and if they were to be offered a new IT role, it would have to include career opportunities and a challenge. However, flexible hours are still important from a company culture perspective.
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