As industries continue to be disrupted by new technologies and ideas, this technological change is generating high demand for IT talent. New Zealand companies are competing to attract the talent that can best help their businesses adapt to the modern tech-focused landscape.
And this is placing strong upward pressure on IT salaries.
But which IT roles are the most in-demand in 2020?
This guide will take you through the top 5 fastest growing salaries in New Zealand IT right now.
The Top 5
1. Data scientist ($76,250 → increase of 16%)
Data scientists are responsible for collecting, analysing, and communicating data. And with the volume of data being generated now increasing exponentially, data scientists’ are in very high demand. The insights they can generate are vital for business intelligence and for improving the understanding of customers and target markets. Having quality analysts can lead to significant efficiency improvements as well as guiding the development of the products and services that a company’s customers are really looking for.
2. Front-end developer ($87,200 → increase of 15%)
A front-end developer is a web developer responsible for the coding that underpins how websites look. Everything that a user can see, click, or access on a website is essentially the work of front-end developers. Because of the focus on the user experience, the role requires technical skills as well as creativity. They are also responsible for ensuring there are no bugs or errors experienced by the user and for the appearance of web pages across all types of browsers and platforms.
3. Manual/automated tester ($83,795 → increase of 12%)
Testing is a vital part of the software development process. This is because it’s needed to identify defects or bugs in programs prior to initial release as well as in subsequent updates. Manual testing involves verifying that all of a program or app’s features are working as they should be. Automated testing is used to test and compare actual outcomes with expected outcomes by writing test scripts or using a variety of testing tools. Automated testing is generally used to automate repetitive or other testing tasks that can be difficult to perform manually.
4. Devops engineer ($102,000 → increase of 11%)
A devops engineer oversees code releases in coordination with other IT staff such as software developers and system operators. Together they’re responsible for writing, maintaining, and releasing the code that makes software programs run effectively. Devops engineers are needed for everything from controlling how Word docs or spreadsheets operate to the way websites display information and how smartphones display maps.
5. Embedded software engineer ($79,505 → increase of 10%)
Like software engineers, embedded engineers are responsible for coding, debugging, and testing but with a greater focus on hardware systems. They’re often required to write code for custom operating systems unique to hardware devices. With the range of tech devices available continuing to expand by the day, as each new type of fitness tracker or smartwatch is released there’s an increased demand for embedded software engineers to make sure they function properly.
Taking the next step
The demand for IT talent is high and will remain so for the foreseeable future. This will only begin to change when a vastly increased number of people graduate from computer science or similar courses in New Zealand. In the meantime, the balance of supply and demand will continue to mean that IT talent will be able to expect increasing salaries as companies fight for their tech skills.
For more information on how you can embark on a tech career and which positions you should be looking to focus on, talk to the tech recruitment experts at Finite.