With new opportunities to be seized, 2021 is the year of stepping up to the plate and bouncing back to an even greater place than before.


Following Auckland Anniversary (Monday 1st Feb), most organisations are now fully back into the swing of things. As we venture further into the new year, we expect that demand will continue to increase for transformation roles such as Business Analysts, Project Managers, and Developers; whilst data and cloud-based skills will increasingly be sought after.

Over COVID, companies have reprioritised and paused transformation programmes. However, unable to delay programmes of work any longer, large organisations are all pushing go on contractors at the same time, creating a domino effect in the market. This is culminating in a contractor shortage. I predict that we will see a rise in the offshoring of roles, as well as the growth of fully remote contracting roles and teams. That means Zoom is here to stay. We’ve been speaking about digital transformation for years – we are well and truly in the digital age now.

With NZ’s borders likely to still be closed to international talent in 2021, the war for top talent will reach its peak. We will continue to see demand grow for the top echelon of tech talent, but supply simply isn’t there yet. So, as a tech contractor, now is the best time to be brushing up on your skills – there are opportunities in abundance out there and you are hot property. On the company side, you will want to do what you can to attract the best of the best, be it through your flexible working policies (a must), your collaborative culture, or your unique EVP. It’s a competitive world, so you have got to well and truly be in it to win it.

With a shift in focus away from security as a high motivator in the market, and with people re-evaluating their priorities due to COVID, I predict that purpose as a key driver for companies and roles will return. People thrive when they feel a sense of purpose in their work and with the opportunity for this to come to the fore once again as we see greater stability in the market, it is sure to be a strong theme in 2021.

Kara Smith
General Manager - AKL




24,480 technology professionals, with an average tenure of 1.7 years.


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Technical Support, SQL, Business Analysis, Software Development, Cloud Computing, Python


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Auckland Council, Spark New Zealand, Datacom, ASB Bank, The University of Auckland


65% Male

35% Female

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Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’, is known for both it’s beautiful scenery and for being a growing urban oasis.  


Tāmaki Makaurau is home to the largest Polynesian population in the world and also houses large European and Asian communities.  With trade relations currently being developed with other regions such as India and South America, immigration has increased significantly from these destinations over the last several years – creating a very dynamic and diverse city. This diversity contributes to a plethora of talent as well as amazing food options.

Auckland's relaxed working environment lends itself to a good work-life balance, which attracts talent from around the globe. Whilst the cost of living is relatively high in this city, easy accessibility to social services and New Zealand's world ranking as the easiest place to do business, makes it an enticing city to reside in. 

Auckland is also a land of opportunity, operating as a hub for many start-up and scale up businesses with big aspirations. New Zealand's 'number 8 wire' mentality, which represents the Kiwi problem-solving and can-do attitude, permeates throughout Auckland's culture and in all that its citizens set out to do.

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