The Information and technology sector is the fastest growing industry in New Zealand. With many predicting that over 75% of future jobs will require STEM skills, the importance of the next generation graduating with a STEM degree is vital. As a result, the demand for technology graduates is at an all-time high, with a wide array of industries looking to recruit technology graduates.
Major companies run graduate programs focusing on IT and technology. These are structured graduate programs which include on the job training and development for new and recent graduates. Broadly speaking, IT graduates will be rotated throughout the business as part of four rotations lasting two years.
The technology sector is fast-moving, which means there are hundreds of smaller companies and tech start-ups popping up everywhere. For example, SME in the IT industry look to hire students from these disciplines in either specialist or generalist roles.
Graduate salaries in the IT industry generally land within the $50k - 90k range, depending on the region and employer, with the median salary being $70k. On average, salaries in Auckland and Wellington were higher than in other regions across the country.
Employers tend to emphasise the importance of completing a task or project over maintaining the normal 9-5 working hours. This occurs more often in the consulting industry, with many large organisations working towards tight project deadlines.