Attracting and keeping the best staff is an increasing problem – particularly in the tech sector. A survey by ICT recruitment company Absolute IT, released in February, found that even though 85% of Kiwi tech professionals enjoy their current workplace, 67% would consider moving to a new job if the package was attractive enough.
Meanwhile, the Human Resources Institute/Lawson Williams 2014 New Zealand Staff Turnover Survey found staff turnover in the IT industry was as high as 20%.
And almost half the companies involved in computer system design report moderate or severe difficulty in recruiting managers and professionals, according to a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment report in 2013.
That matters because the technology industry is New Zealand’s fastest growing sector. Tech exports have doubled over the past six years and at more than $6 billion (for 2014) it’s the country's third largest export earner behind dairy and tourism.
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