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Why Taranaki

ICT professionals are in high demand and they can work from anywhere, so why not choose to work somewhere that you can have a great work-life balance, and time for the family.

Few sectors have the level of flexibility that the IT and digital sector has, and increasingly Taranaki firms are taking on the world. From niche specialists, to large firms, IT roles are in high demand in Taranaki. The work is varied and provides the opportunity for talented people to progress quickly, and the connected business community in Taranaki can help your career flourish. Taranaki ICT enterprises are taking on work from around New Zealand, and talented tech people are actively choosing to live here as they discover the Taranaki difference and are left wondering why they didn’t make the move sooner.

"I don’t think that people believe that there are opportunities to grow in the region, but there are. People are migrating for work, and people like our Datacom executives are saying why we aren’t we doing more in Taranaki?" 

- Dave, IT Manager

Who are we looking for

Employers in Taranaki are looking for motivated and passionate people with problem solving skills and a positive attitude towards learning. There is a willingness to invest in people, and their career plan sand skills development to foster a rich, expert talent pool in Taranaki.

Local enterprises offer great packages to skilled people, training opportunities, flexible hours, and working from home options.

"There's so many job opportunities out there… it's just mind-blowing to see the career paths within digital technology."

- Zoe, Field Engineer
Taranaki IT roles in high demand include:
  • SilverStripe Developer (Senior)
  • PHP Developer (Senior)
  • Network Engineer (Senior)
  • Wireless Installers
  • Qualified Competent Engineers
  • Remote Workers
  • Front and Back-end Developers
  • Cyber Security Roles
  • Solutions Architecture
  • Field Service Engineer
  • Junior Developers
  • Business Analysts
  • UX Designer
  • Media Campaign Specialist

What’s the scene?

Taranaki offers particular specialisation in tech solutions across the energy sector. As New Zealands home of, and leader in energy, energy firms like First Gas, and Powerco have substantial ICT functions requiring specialist skills and talent.

We also have a range of other diverse and innovative tech businesses providing clever solutions to complex problems, including:

  • Software as service platform Trackitportal developed a platform for managing helicopter and people movement for the energy sector.  
  • Yonder, and their sales and marketing survey programme for the tourism industry designed to drive up sales and save staff time.
  • Jobhop, who are committed to connecting people looking for work with those seeking talent and labour, with a  focus on short term contracts or one-off projects. Their platform cleverly takes care of some of the traditional nuisances that come with short-term contract work on both sides, making the whole experience seamless, easy, and fun. Read about graduate Moucheng Mao’s journey here.

It has been predicted that between 2021 to 2030

201 new ICT jobs will be created

From March to August 2021

50 jobs in this sector were advertised within Taranaki jobs platforms

Business Relocations

Are you looking to start or relocate your own tech business in Taranaki? We have a vibrant and support start-up scene a highly connected innovation ecosytem with a strong focus on tech and digital innovation. Start-Up Taranaki offers networking, coaching, and support for start-up enterprises, and we here at Venture Taranaki have a range of support services available for enterprises at all levels and stages, including support connecting you to capital, investment, and funding.

Training Options

If you are a Taranaki local and want to start your career in this exciting sector, we are also able to offer quality-taking options through trusted providers. Leaner Me is a tech academy offering real-life, real-time qualifications from industry professionals; you can quickly get employment ready and work in the industry.

WITT offers Level 4 and 5 courses in information technology and may offer Level 8 qualifications in applied information science in 2022.