The New Zealand Computer Industry- Frequently Asked Questions
For more detailed advice on incomes, job specifics, methods of work, immigration etc., please speak to any of our Account Managers whose role it is to know the New Zealand job environment for contact details refer to the Contact Us page.
There are good opportunities for both New Zealand and Offshore Contractors and for people wanting permanent positions, particularly in areas such as:
Most IT skills are in demand, particularly ECom and Client Server Developers, DBAs, Unix, Oracle, Networking, Testers, Package Solutions, particularly SAP, Seibel and Lotus Notes.
Can I Contract or do I have to accept a permanent position?
You can contract or work in a permanent position on salary, or you can contract first and then move into permanent work if you wish. There is a larger number of permanent vacancies than contracts. Most contracts are initially 3 to 6 months in duration. Some contractors may have the same contract running for many years.
Rates of pay for both permanent and contract are quite variable at the moment, however both are rising. Generally IT contractors are still in the top 2 or 1 percent of income earners in New Zealand, for example over $80k per annum or over $100k per annum and many salaries are also at this level. You can earn and live well in New Zealand because New Zealand has a lower cost of living than most western countries. However, New Zealands low exchange rate means that the rates available in Europe or the United States will seldom be achieved.
The main cities for work are Auckland and Wellington, which are quite different in nature and in the type of work available. Other cities, such as Christchurch, certainly have work although not of the same volume as either Auckland or Wellington.
How do I gain a visa or work Permit?
Visa/Work permit regulations are not as complicated as they first seem and you need to be aware of the rules administered by the Immigration Department.
We recommend, if at all possible, you gain a work permit whilst still offshore. This means you will need a job offer, either from a NZ employer when the position is permanent or from the agency when the position is a contract and 2 written job references. But the marketing rules are still the same - if you are in the New Zealand market and available to be interviewed by the client then you enhance your chances of a job.
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