We’re living in changing times. COVID-19 has propelled the world of work forward and what we were seeing as a trend towards workforce mobilisation is now a reality for thousands of companies worldwide. 

In New Zealand, we have been out of Level 1 since June 9. New Zealand has been revered all over the world for seemingly meeting our goal of eradicating COVID-19. However, as our borders start to reopen, we are posed with a significant threat of reseeding in the community. The government must ensure that we have very strict border restrictions and quarantining processes to protect us from a second wave. 

Although we’ve predicted for some time that contracting will increase during the recession, we are yet to see that play out in reality.  We still believe this will happen once the market settles down and programmes of work kick off again. 

WFH and hybrid variations are certainly here to stay. This is having a trickle down impact on commercial real estate with many organisations considering reducing their spaces. 

Over the last couple of months, where contractors have been retained in roles, we’ve seen their rates be negotiated downwards.

Software development continues to be very competitive for talent. This is a trend we do not see slowing down. 

A general theme seems to be that larger corporates are taking this opportunity to ensure they are the right size and are prioritising the right programmes. This has impacted the volume of recruitment significantly.  On the other hand, small to medium sized organisations seem to be more active in the market, perhaps aware they have a small window of time whereby they’ll have access to talent that won’t always be on the market. 

Kara Smith
General Manager - AKL


17,477 technology professionals, with an average tenure of 1.5 years.


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Salesforce developers/consultants, Data Analytics, DevOps and Cloud Engineers, React Developers, Financial Services BA's with Compliance experience


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


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34% 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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