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Kiwi tech workers… Are you in demand?

Kiwi tech workers… Are you in demand?

The Government's newly released 2015 Occupation Outlook report drills into the heart of the ICT industry in New Zealand, so, are you in demand?

ICT and Telecommunications Technicians

According to the report, job prospects for ICT technicians are good. Continual increases in computer use means there is strong demand for ICT professionals.

The chances of getting a job as a telecommunications technician are limited due to declining job numbers.

However, demand is expected to pick up as government investment in ultra-fast broadband comes into effect (due for completion in 2019).

Income and employment prospects

In 2013, the estimated average income for ICT and telecommunications technicians was $50,200.

Income is highly variable, and depends on qualifications and area of specialisation:

• new telecommunications technicians can expect to start on about $30,000 a year

• technicians with more than five years’ experience usually earn between $35,000 and $50,000 a year

• senior technicians and those in supervisory positions usually earn between $50,000 and $70,000 a year, but may earn more.

Graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in information systems earned $40,200 one year after their study ended. After five years, income had increased to $58,400.

During the recession, employment of ICT and telecommunication technicians has been relatively flat.

In the future the government expects growth to be weak for telecommunications technicians, but better for ICT technicians.

Career path

Computer systems and telecommunication technicians may be promoted to senior technician or management roles. Computer systems technicians may take on other roles such as programmer or systems analyst.

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