Shortage of computing and IT talent causing tech headaches for local firms

Shortage of computing and IT talent causing tech headaches for local firms

An increasing shortage of computing and information technology graduates is creating frustration for local tech businesses desperate for staff.
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Grant Newport - Datacom Business Manager (Nelson)

Speaking after NMIT’s Computing and IT Industry Advisory Committee Meeting last week, Datacom Business Manager (Nelson) Grant Newport said Nelson IT firms are crying out for staff.

“There were four other Nelson businesses besides ourselves at the meeting all saying the same thing; we need staff badly,” he said, “There is a lot of movement within the industry and consequently this is driving up salaries.”

“There’s so many jobs and so much money out there at the moment, it’s a great time to be getting into IT.”

A report from the Westpac Bank shows Covid-19 has accelerated the demand for ICT products, as businesses looked to lessen the effects of the pandemic and shift their businesses online.

The ICT sector currently employs about 54,000 people in New Zealand.

Newport says the computing skill shortage isn’t limited to one particular area.

“It’s across the board including software development, core networking and infrastructure. There is also a need for people to work in business intelligence, data and analytics areas.”

With two mid-year intakes starting in July, there’s never been a better time to study computing and information technology at NMIT.

The Bachelor of Information Technology is a professional degree designed to prepare you for the workforce in a range of information technology related jobs.

The Graduate Diploma in Information Technology is for you if already have a degree or extensive business experience and are looking to enhance your professional career. This programme will give you an opportunity to extend your knowledge into a specialised field without having to complete another degree.

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