The top 10 highest paying tech roles in NZ in 2024

The top 10 highest paying tech roles in NZ in 2024

Posted March 18, 2024

Which tech roles dominate the list when it comes to New Zealand’s highest paying jobs in 2024? From BI Architects through to Cybersecurity Managers, we look into the top 10 highest paying positions for the year ahead.

10. Data & Analytics Manager

The Data & Analytics Manager specialises in collecting, analysing, and reporting on data to make informed business decisions. With data-driven decision-making being a key priority for businesses across the globe, the need for professionals with data skillsets is only growing. So much so, that Data Analysis topped the list of in-demand skills for 2024 in our More Than Money Salary Guide, seeing those who are proficient in this space raking in the big bucks as demand soars.

Expect to earn (NZ average):

Permanent – $170k per year

Contract – $133 per hour

 

9. Business Intelligence Architect

The Business Intelligence Architect plays an integral role in company success, leveraging data to obtain new customer insights, improve processes, and guide business decision-making. With data dominating the list of fastest growing skillsets in 2024 according to LinkedIn Talent Insights – think a 56% growth in professionals with Microsoft Power BI skills since 2023, and a 50% growth in Microsoft Azure – it’s clear that data is a large focus area in the market. As a result, the Business Intelligence Architect makes the cut as one of the highest paying tech positions this year.

Expect to earn (NZ average):

Permanent – $170k per year

Contract – $138 per hour

 

8. Solutions Architect

Responsible for aligning a company’s IT strategy with business goals, the Solutions Architect is tasked with identifying business needs and leveraging infrastructure, software, and systems to best meet these requirements. They should also possess strong communication skills to best implement new plans, all the while bringing other departments along for the journey. Alongside these interpersonal skills, Solutions Architects in NZ are quickly skilling up in Data Analytics, seeing a 38% growth in uptake in the last 12 months, followed by DevOps at 18%, and Microsoft Azure at 15%.

Expect to earn (NZ average):

Permanent – $171k per year

Contract – $149 per hour

 

7. Agile Coach

As agile methodologies continue to permeate the market, driven by businesses prioritising efficiencies, the role of the Agile Coach becomes increasingly important. Tasked with helping organisations, teams, and individuals adopt agile practices and methods, they are responsible for embedding these values throughout the business. The industries in NZ that are after this talent most? IT Services and IT Consulting, Airlines and Aviation, Government, Telecommunications, and Banking are the top employers of Agile Coaches across the country according to LinkedIn Talent Insights.

Expect to earn (NZ average):

Permanent – $175k per year

Contract – $125 per hour

 

6. Development Manager

The Development Manager is responsible for developing growth strategies and plans for the business, and is the point of contact between customers and management, working to marry customer needs with business strengths. However, success in this position doesn’t only come through possessing technical know-how. Talent Auckland recruitment expert, Shweta Chopra, shares that leadership skills are just as important, “In our current market, there is a strong emphasis on softer skills, with someone that can inspire and help bring teams closer together”.

Expect to earn (NZ average):

Permanent – $180k per year

Contract – $135 per hour

 

5. Programme Manager

Responsible for overseeing designated projects for their company, the Programme Manager is tasked with planning and developing strategy, including defining the goals and timeline for the projects they supervise. According to Talent Wellington Managing Director, Nik-King Turner, “To be a successful Programme Manager you need to be experienced in both leading complex teams and projects and be adaptable to constant change.” Possess this business expertise and you’ll be one step closer to success in this position.

Expect to earn (NZ average):

Permanent – $180k per year

Contract – $150 per hour

 

4. Cybersecurity Architect

Increasingly necessary to an organisation in the years ahead are Security Architects, management-level professionals who oversee the security of an organisation’s network. Talent Wellington Managing Director, Nik King-Turner delves into the growing demand of those with security skillsets in Wellington, “The security field has been in strong demand due to the fact that many teams are working in hybrid setups and are potentially vulnerable to security issues. We are seeing a lot of security architecture roles that need cloud experience and system experience, mainly for highly regulated and complex organisations that deal with a lot of personal customer data”.

Expect to earn (NZ average):

Permanent – $185k per year

Contract – $145 per hour

 

3. Cybersecurity Manager

The Cybersecurity Manager is responsible for developing and implementing security strategies, managing a company’s security operations, ensuring regulatory compliance, and leading incident response efforts. Talent cybersecurity recruitment expert, Elliott Howard, notes that demand for cybersecurity professionals is only on the up, “There have been supply and demand issues for cyber resources for a number of years, and recent high-profile cyber incidents have further exacerbated this. Demand has definitely increased as employers look to build up their existing cyber teams and defences.”

Expect to earn (NZ average):

Permanent – $185k per year

Contract – $150 per hour

 

2. Enterprise Architect

A technology agnostic mindset is key for the second highest paying tech job on this list – the Enterprise Architect. Tasked with ideating strategies in response to emerging technologies and their impact on the industry, Enterprise Architects need to be at the top of their game when it comes to being aware of the latest trends in tech. Hiring demand is strong for professionals in this space, with LinkedIn data revealing that in NZ, Enterprise Architects are most sought after by employers in the industries of IT Services and IT Consulting, Government, Airlines and Aviation, and Education.

Expect to earn (NZ average):

Permanent – $185k per year

Contract – $155 per hour

 

1. Technical Architect

The Technical Architect is tasked with utilising their knowledge of current business problems and future technological goals, to assist in the build, maintenance and implementation of new technology systems needed by the company. Talent Auckland recruitment expert, Shweta Chopra, shares that demand for architects is on the rise, “There have been recent mergers and acquisitions that resulted in large pieces of work consolidating and migrating data where architects play a key role.” This has seen demand – and salaries – for Technical Architects soar.

Expect to earn (NZ average):

Permanent – $185k per year

Contract – $158 per hour

 

Interested in the average salary for your role and how you can get ahead in the current market? Check out our More Than Money Salary Guide 2024. Looking for your next role? Visit our job search for hundreds of opportunities in tech, transformation and beyond.

 

*Excluding C-Suite roles

– Permanent salaries are exclusive of Kiwisaver

The top 10 highest paying tech jobs in Australia for 2024

The top 10 highest paying tech jobs in Australia for 2024

Posted March 11, 2024

In 2024, we’re seeing the immense salary growth of the past few years start to plateau and salaries begin to stabilise. However, with skills in data, AI, and cybersecurity remaining in high demand, there are a few roles where candidates can expect to earn more. We look into the top 10 highest paying tech roles in Australia for the year ahead.

10. Senior Data Scientist

Providing advanced expertise on statistical and mathematical concepts for the broader Data & Analytics department, the Senior Data Scientist applies and inspires the adoption of advanced data science and analytics across the business.

So, which skills do you need to possess to succeed in this role in 2024? Talent Sydney recruitment expert, Alan Dowdall, breaks it down. “Buzzword bingo – Machine Learning, AI, Big Data and algorithms are part and parcel of a day in the life of a Senior Data Scientist. The ability to look at the big picture and identify value for companies is the role in its simplest form.” On top of being well-versed and skilled in data, Alan shares that “the best Senior Data Scientists will mentor more junior team members who are often coming from the education system with limited commercial knowledge”.

Looking to the year ahead, Simon Yeung, Talent Melbourne Managing Director notes that “data-driven decision-making will remain a priority. Companies will invest in advanced analytics tools, big data management, and business intelligence platforms to derive actionable insights and drive strategic initiatives.”, highlighting that demand for professionals with data skillsets is only set to grow.

Expect to earn (AU average):

Permanent – $186k per year

Contract – $140 per hour

 

9. Solutions Architect

Tasked with assisting in the build of new systems needed by their company, the Solutions Architect must be able to identify their business’ current problems and future technological goals. Talent Sydney recruitment expert, Elliott Howard, shares the technical know-how these professionals should possess and the soft skills beyond the tools they also need to hone. “Coming from a strong technical background, Solutions Architects are now at the point of their career where they are moving away from the day-to-day hands-on engineering to focus on design and architecting solutions. There is now a strong focus on Solutions Architects to work closely with business and technology stakeholders to understand their requirements before partnering with the engineering team to implement the design, and therefore require candidates to have exceptional communication and stakeholder engagement skills, with an ability to articulate and explain technical jargon in plain English”.

Expect to earn (AU average):

Permanent – $189k per year

Contract – $156 per hour

 

8. Infrastructure Architect

The Infrastructure Architect is responsible for assessing existing company systems to determine efficiency and security. They are tasked with designing and implementing information systems to meet business needs and improve performance. Taliya Lukeman, Talent Adelaide recruitment specialist notes that “when it comes to tech skills in demand, Infrastructure is at an all-time high”. With strong market demand for Infrastructure skillsets, the Infrastructure Architect is able to command higher salaries and rates – so much so that contract rates in this space have seen an increase of up to 35%, according to our Talent More Than Money Salary Guide 2024.

Expect to earn (AU average):

Permanent – $190k per year

Contract – $151 per hour

 

7. Business Intelligence Architect

The Business Intelligence Architect is responsible for processing large stores of information to draw intelligent findings and communicate these to the business. Alan Dowdall breaks it down. “BI Architects are the people who ensure companies are collecting the right data that drives business-focussed insights. They make the dark arts of Power and Tableau look extremely easy”.

With data skillsets dominating the list of fastest growing skillsets in 2024 according to LinkedIn Talent Insights – think a 56% growth in professionals with Microsoft Power BI skills since 2023, and a 50% growth in Microsoft Azure – it’s clear that data is a large focus area in the market, attracting those higher salaries in 2024.

Expect to earn (AU average):

Permanent – $195k per year

Contract – $142 per hour

 

6. Cybersecurity Manager

The Cybersecurity Manager is responsible for developing and implementing security strategies, managing a company’s security operations, ensuring regulatory compliance, and leading incident response efforts. As cyber threats only increase, Talent Sydney recruitment expert, Elliott Howard notes that demand for cybersecurity professionals is only on the up. “There have been supply and demand issues for cyber resources for a number of years, and the recent high-profile cyber incidents have further exacerbated this. Demand has definitely increased as employers look to build up their existing cyber teams and defences.” It’s the same story in Victoria, with Talent Melbourne Managing Director, Simon Yeung, predicting that over 2024, “with the persistent threat of cyberattacks, businesses will invest heavily in robust cybersecurity measures to safeguard their data, systems, and customer information.”

Expect to earn (AU average):

Permanent – $202k per year

Contract – $163 per hour

 

5. SOC Manager

With cybersecurity one of the biggest business priorities for the year ahead, it’s no surprise that another cybersecurity role makes the list of highest paying tech roles. The SOC Manager leads the security operations team, manages high-level IT security issues, and offers training and technical guidance to their people. Elliott Howard observes that demand is strong for SOC Managers in the market as companies look to lock down their systems, “Organisations are currently faced with either outsourcing their cyber protection to a third party vendor or trying to build this capability in-house. In the latter scenario, a SOC Manager is an integral piece of achieving this outcome”.

Expect to earn (AU average):

Permanent – $205k per year

Contract – $167 per hour

 

4. Programme Manager

Responsible for overseeing designated projects within an organisation, the Programme Manager is tasked with planning and developing strategy, including defining the goals and timeline for the projects they supervise.

So, what else is critical to achieve success in this role in 2024? “Programme Managers will have come from a strong project management background, with experience delivering a variety of projects, managing budgets circa $10 – 20M+, and reporting to steering committees on the progress of the program”, states Elliott Howard. Looking at the bigger picture, “they are ultimately responsible for the delivery of large project initiatives”.

Expect to earn (AU average):

Permanent – $210k per year

Contract – $160 per hour

 

3. Cloud Architect

With cloud-based technologies evolving and the growing dependence on these systems for information storing and sharing, the role of the Cloud Architect has become increasingly important. “The migration to cloud-based services and infrastructure will continue to accelerate. Investments will focus on optimising cloud environments, enhancing scalability, and integrating multi-cloud strategies to improve flexibility and performance” shares Talent Melbourne Managing Director, Simon Yeung. This is particularly true across the tertiary education sector in Australia, with Talent Sydney recruitment expert, Majella Sanders noting that “many universities are assessing their enterprise systems including their ERP and cloud platforms. As such, there is significant demand for cloud platform specialists, and integration and migration specialists”. As cloud migration projects grow in prominence, we can only expect that demand for these professionals will continue rise throughout 2024, seeing salaries remain at a high.

Expect to earn (AU average):

Permanent – $212k per year

Contract – $156 per hour

 

2. Cybersecurity Architect

Increasingly necessary to an organisation are Security Architects, management-level professionals who oversee the security of an organisation’s network. These professionals are needed when the network is first designed, built, and implemented, as well as throughout the entire lifecycle.

Elliott Howard shares the importance of this role in the modern workplace. “Cybersecurity is an essential component of any IT department’s makeup, with the Security Architect responsible for designing, building, and implementing security solutions within their IT environment. This can cover the full gamut of cybersecurity and as such, prospective employers will want candidates who have significant experience working across a number of cyber disciplines”.

Elliott also shares that harnessing transferrable skills can go a long way for those looking to break into this role. “We have noticed a trend of candidates with strong network security or defence experience transitioning into cybersecurity.”

Expect to earn (AU average):

Permanent – $222k per year

Contract – $164 per hour

 

1. Enterprise Architect

A technology agnostic mindset is key for the highest paying tech job on this list – the Enterprise Architect. Responsible for overseeing and maintaining their company’s IT services and networks, these professionals need to be at the top of their game when it comes to being aware of the latest trends in tech. According to Elliott Howard, “this is a big picture role, engaging with senior stakeholders from across the business, using their technical expertise along with their influencing and negotiation skills to help shape the technical direction and future state of their IT environment”.

Expect to earn (AU average):

Permanent – $234k per year

Contract – $172 per hour

 

Interested in the average salary for your role and how you can get ahead in the current market? Check out our More Than Money Salary Guide 2024. Looking for your next role? Visit our job search for hundreds of opportunities in tech, transformation and beyond.

 

*Excluding C-Suite roles

– Permanent salaries are exclusive of superannuation

Top 5 US tech skills in 2024

Top 5 US tech skills in 2024

Posted February 25, 2024

As the US market landscape continues to evolve, one thing remains the same: the need for experts with niche tech skills. If you’re looking to put your best foot forward to employers this year, it may be time to upskill in one of these coveted competencies. Discover how these in-demand skills can pivot your 2024…

1. Cybersecurity

With cyberattacks on the rise, the need for cybersecurity professionals who can shore up company systems is only growing – however, the availability of this talent is scarce. It’s estimated that there is a shortfall of 3.4 million cybersecurity candidates globally. As technology continues to innovate, and cyber attacks rise, employers are going the length to secure top skillsets.

There are currently over two million cyberattacks recorded per year, and by 2025, these attacks are With cyberattacks on the up, companies are recognizing that now, more than ever, securing their systems needs to be a top priority. “It’s important now, more than ever, for employers to seek top cybersecurity skills such as risk and compliance, cybersecurity operations, and cloud” Senior Consultant and Talent cybersecurity expert, Emma Corcodilos shares.

In 2024 there has been a notable increase in AI demand and integrations within cyber technology. It’s been especially interesting to see how cyber and compliance has been impacted by the rise of AI. So far, these new innovations are ensuring that the demand for cyber skillsets is only growing.

Uncover more about the latest in cybersecurity in our Cybersecurity Hiring Market Snapshot here.

2. Artificial Intelligence

As AI takes off, the need for talent who understand the ins and outs of this cutting-edge tech is higher than ever. As generative AI becomes even more prominent in the US, Data from Oxford University also reveals that globally, the demand for AI skills has increased five-fold since 2015.

As companies continue to adopt this technology and cybercriminals increasingly leverage AI tools to develop more sophisticated attacks, demand is only set to increase for those with competencies in machine learning, data science, natural language processing (NLP), and beyond. In fact, it’s predicted that by 2025, 97 million new AI-related roles will be created, however, the supply of talent simply isn’t there yet – in the US and UK, 51% of organizations note that they currently don’t have enough appropriately skilled employees in-house to execute their AI strategy, while 20% of this group expects it will be a challenge to recruit the right talent. As such, AI can craft strategic threats making it impossible to provide a solid approach without the right people on board, driving significant demand for AI and cyber professionals.

AI is also integrating with Microsoft technologies in a product called Microsoft CoPilot, a large language model (LLM) to enhance Microsoft Graph and M365 workspace. This integration is both taking AI and the Microsoft space by storm, by changing the way we work, and creating a new wave of productivity that the industry has never seen before. Ultimately this will increase the need for professionals with skillsets in both spaces to provide optimal solutions.

3. Cloud Security, Infrastructure, and Data Analytics

Cloud Security, Infrastructure and Data Analytics opportunities have seen high demand over the past year and are a few of the most in-demand skills in the US market. As companies continue their Digital Transformation journeys, the need for skilled & experienced talent is on the rise. Dylan Cohen, Talent US Director of Microsoft and Cloud Solutions shares that, “Specialists in cloud security, infrastructure & data analytics have seen a large increase in their salaries & hourly rates over the last year, and I don’t see that changing.” In fact, it’s projected that the number of jobs requiring data analytics skills such as Power BI, Azure Data Factory, Synapse, AWS Big Query, will grow by almost 28% by 2026.

According to Talent North America CEO, Colin Etheridge, “These three areas (security, infrastructure, data) opportunities have seen high demand over the past year and are some of the most in-demand skills. Professionals who stay up to date on all the new certifications relating to these areas have a distinct advantage in their job search when compared to those candidates who are not up to date on their certifications”. Possessing these skills & certifications will set you ahead of the competition, especially as new technology emerges.

The growing integration of Cloud and Data Analytics technologies into businesses is also increasing opportunities for the market, with tech such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Products (GCP) driving this market forward. “Everyone is looking to make a splash in their respective industries with these new technologies. Data and AI, along with security, are always at the forefront of most C-Suite conversations. If these executives really want to break from the pack, they’ll need to hire distinguished thought-leaders and elite engineering teams to drive this transformation” says Dylan Cohen.

4. Microsoft

As most Microsoft enthusiasts know, Microsoft is notorious for constantly evolving and changing their technology stack – and not just by changing the names of these products! With new developments across Dynamics 365, Modern Workplace, M365, and Azure, the demand for these skills are rapidly increasing as technology innovates. “In the Microsoft consulting space, and really in any D365 related role, delivery is expected on full project lifecycle responsibilities from pre-sales, implementations, to post go-live support” Senior Consultant Mike D’Esposito shares.

Microsoft Azure is still one of the leading cloud computing platforms. With the continuous enhancements to Azure Security, it will continue to dominate the industry in 2024 to help with ongoing user threats, as security threats increase. This combined with the demand for AI/Data has resulted in Azure skills demand increase of 50% within the recent 12 months. There has also been a notable increase in Microsoft Power BI tools of about 56% in the previous 12 months.

AI is also taking the Microsoft workspace by storm as they unveiled Microsoft CoPilot and Dynamics CoPilot. Each software takes large language models (LLM) and combines with data in the M365 and D365 applications, to turn words into productivity tools. These two new capabilities will take productivity to new heights and increase candidates with these skillsets to power new projects.

As the software need increases, the search for those skills is a necessity for any top employer looking to stand apart from the competition. Since these skills are in high demand across North America, the power is in the people. “I’ve seen a huge increase of salaried D365 professionals becoming independent contractors in hopes of demanding higher hourly rates, bringing home more than what they would annually as a salaried employee, while enjoying the freedom of being their own boss” Director Dylan Cohen has noticed.

Check out our job search for Microsoft opportunities available in 2024.

5. Engineering

The engineering market is positioned for a notable uptick in 2024 due to technological progress, sustainability initiatives, and evolving industry requirements. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for engineers is expected to increase by 4%, adding a projected 65,000 jobs. Within the engineering space both Generative AI and Sustainable Technology are making a significant impact on the industry, as companies look for innovative ways to increase productivity while being conscientious of the effects it can have on the industry, people, and ultimately environment.

So what are the top skills needed to excel in this industry?  “Despite how this industry evolves, there are still a need for tech skills within the US job market such as TypeScript/TypeScript, React, Node.js, Python, Rails.” Director of Recruitment, Will Boulton shares. As technology continuously innovates to benefit the engineering industry, it’s imperative that the workforce has these dependable skills to evolve and keep up.

Within engineering, both Product Design and Project Management skillsets are also in high demand. Innovative leaders that can manage both high-level project and product development will take any organization to new productivity levels. Director of Recruitment, Will Boulton, shares that when searching for solutions, “strong design leaders are able to integrate data and user centric design principles, with strong understanding of how UX and Visuals affect the overall customer experience.”

So how can we stay ahead of the engineering curve? For professionals and businesses, it’s more than just keeping up with trends- it’s about leading the way.

 

Ready for your next career move in 2024? Check out our job search for opportunities in tech, transformation and beyond.

 

The 5 most in-demand tech skills of 2024

The 5 most in-demand tech skills of 2024

Posted February 19, 2024

In a cooling market, one thing has remained hot: demand for candidates with hard-to-find skillsets. If you’re looking to put your best foot forward with employers this year, it may be time to upskill in one of these coveted competencies. Discover the top 5 in-demand tech skills for 2024 below:

1. Cybersecurity

With cyberattacks on the rise, the need for cybersecurity professionals who can shore up company systems is only growing – however, the availability of this talent is scarce. It’s estimated that there is a shortfall of 3.4 million cybersecurity candidates globally. Talent cybersecurity recruitment expert, Elliott Howard notes that “There have been supply and demand issues for cyber resources for a number of years, and the recent high-profile cyber incidents have further exacerbated this. Demand from our clients has definitely increased as they look to build up their existing cyber teams and defences.”

There are currently over two million cyberattacks recorded per year, and by 2025, these attacks are estimated to have a global cost of $10.5 trillion – a significant increase from the $3 trillion reported in 2015. With cyberattacks on the up, companies are recognising that now, more than ever, securing their systems needs to be a top priority. Talent Melbourne Managing Director, Simon Yeung, shares that “with the persistent threat of cyberattacks, businesses will invest heavily in robust cybersecurity measures to safeguard their data, systems, and customer information. This includes advanced threat detection, identity management, encryption technologies, and employee cybersecurity training.” All of this seeing the demand for cyber skillsets grow.

Uncover more about the latest in cybersecurity in our Cybersecurity Hiring Market Snapshot here.

2. Artificial Intelligence

As AI takes off, the need for talent who understand the ins and outs of this cutting-edge tech is higher than ever. Data reveals that the demand for AI skills has increased five-fold since 2015. As companies continue to adopt this technology and cybercriminals increasingly leverage AI tools to develop more sophisticated attacks, demand is only set to increase for those with competencies in machine learning, data science, natural language processing (NLP), and beyond. In fact, it’s predicted that by 2025, 97 million new AI-related roles will be created, however, the supply of talent simply isn’t there yet – in the US and UK, 51% of organisations note that they currently don’t have enough appropriately skilled employees in-house to execute their AI strategy, while 20% of this group expects it will be a challenge to recruit the right talent. Additionally, in Australia alone, it’s estimated that the country will need over 160,000 new AI professionals by 2030 to meet industry needs. Anthony Tockar, Data & AI Practice Lead at Talent’s project delivery company, Avec, notes “the convergence of GenAi and cybersecurity heralds a new era where automated attacks are not just relentless, but cunningly intelligent. As such, AI can craft threats that combine brute force with strategic acumen, demanding a proactive and sophisticated response from our cyber defences”. This response isn’t possible with the right people on board, driving significant demand for AI and cyber professionals.

Check out our More Than Money Salary Guide 2024 for more exclusive hiring market insights.

3. Data Analysis

Data is everything, so it’s no surprise that this makes the list of top skillsets for 2024. As companies increasingly leverage the power of big data to extract valuable insights about their customers alongside intel about business performance, professionals capable of analysing this information are needed more than ever – especially since it’s projected that the number of jobs requiring data science skills will grow by almost 28% by 2026.

According to Talent North America CEO, Colin Etheridge, “Cloud Security and Data Analytics opportunities have seen high demand over the past year, and are two of the most in-demand skills.” Talent Melbourne Managing Director, Simon Yeung, also notes that across 2024 “data-driven decision-making will remain a priority. Companies will invest in advanced analytics tools, big data management, and business intelligence platforms to derive actionable insights and drive strategic initiatives.” All of which meaning that opportunities for those with data skills is only on the up.

Insights from LinkedIn also reveal that the top industries seeking out and employing professionals with data skillsets are Information Technology & Services, Healthcare, Higher Education, and Financial Services. So, if you’re looking to develop your skills in this space, you can have your pick of the bunch when it comes to the sector you’re seeking to work in.

4. Cloud Computing

As companies continue to move their systems to the cloud – think the increased uptake of cloud-based systems in Higher Education to facilitate student management and digitised learning, or large Financial Services players migrating their systems to enhance the digital customer experience – the need for skilled cloud talent is on the up. Talent Sydney recruitment expert, Majella Sanders comments that “Many universities are assessing their enterprise systems including their ERP and cloud platforms, student systems and cybersecurity. As such, there is significant demand for data specialists, ERP specialists cloud platform specialists, and integration and migration specialists”.

Despite companies increasingly migrating their systems to the cloud, there’s a shortage of talent with the right skillsets – a recent survey revealed that globally, 95% of companies are facing a cloud and tech skills gap. 43% of those surveyed also cited that their company has faced challenges in remaining up to date with security and compliance due to the cloud skills shortage. If you possess cloud skills, you will continue be sought after over the next 12 months, particularly as investment in this tech only grows. Talent Melbourne Managing Director, Simon Yeung, foresees that “the migration to cloud-based services and infrastructure will continue to accelerate. Investments will focus on optimising cloud environments, enhancing scalability, and integrating multi-cloud strategies to improve flexibility and performance.”

5. Software Development

As new technologies enter the market, tech professionals skilled in back-end, front-end, and full stack development continue to be needed. In the US alone, it’s anticipated that the employment of software professionals will increase by 25% between 2022 and 2032. According to Talent Sydney recruitment expert, Alan Dowdall, “accomplished mid-level Software Engineering, Cyber, and DevOps professionals are highly sought after”, while Stefanie Mortimer, Talent Auckland recruitment expert observes that in 2024, “we’ve seen more requests for Developers, Testers and Infrastructure specialists.” As industries continue to digitise and increasingly leverage Artificial Intelligence, engage in cloud migration programs, and prioritise the security of their systems, the need for software developers with coding expertise and system know-how to execute the technical aspects of these projects is only set to grow.

So, if you’re looking to get ahead in the hiring market this year, honing your skills across these key areas will hold you in good stead.

Ready for your next opportunity in 2024? Check out our job search for hundreds of roles in tech, transformation and beyond.

Five tips to excel at your next job interview

Five tips to excel at your next job interview

Posted February 6, 2024

The interview is undeniably the pivotal moment in the hiring process. This article offers four essential tips to help candidates stand out and perform exceptionally well during their next job interview. Whether it’s your first professional position or you’re seeking a new opportunity, mastering the interview process is key.

  1. Dress in professional attire: Making a strong first impression is crucial, and your attire plays a significant role. Opt for formal business attire, such as a suit and tie for men or a business suit or blouse with a skirt for women. Grooming is equally important, so ensure you are well-groomed and presentable. Looking sharp when entering the interview room sets a positive tone and demonstrates your professionalism.
  2. Bring copies of your resume: Anticipate that hiring managers will delve into the details of your resume during the interview. While you’re well-acquainted with your own experiences, bringing multiple copies of your resume ensures everyone is on the same page. Be prepared for potential group interview scenarios by bringing extra copies. It’s a simple yet effective way to facilitate a smooth discussion about your qualifications.
  3. Practice your answers:  Bring your expertise into the conversation using the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) and practice potential interview questions before the big day. Download a copy of our How to Nail Your Interview Questions Guide to learn how you can ‘wow’ hiring managers.
  4. Research the company: Demonstrate your genuine interest in the potential employer by conducting thorough research on the company. Beyond the initial job search, stay updated on the latest company news and industry trends. This knowledge not only showcases your preparedness but also allows you to engage in meaningful conversations about the company during the interview. A well-informed candidate stands out in the eyes of the interviewer. Check out our Interview Preparation Guide for more tips.
  5. Ask questions at the conclusion: While you’re the one being interviewed, take the initiative to prepare a list of questions for the conclusion of the interview. This not only gives you an opportunity to seek clarification but also reinforces your level of preparation and interest in the role. Thoughtful questions demonstrate your engagement and commitment to understanding the company and the position.

Mastering the interview process requires careful preparation and attention to detail. By focusing on professional attire, bringing copies of your resume, conducting thorough research, and asking insightful questions, you position yourself as a standout candidate. As you embark on your job search journey, these tips serve as a valuable guide to excel in your next interview.

How to prepare for a job interview

How to prepare for a job interview

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Preparation is the key to success in any interview. But, what should that preparation actually entail? Check out our Interview Preparation Guide.

We also chatted to Jon McCahon, Account Manager at Talent’s Perth branch, to discover his insights on exceptional interview practices.

How much research should you do before an interview?

“It often depends on the role and how much you want it – if it’s your dream job you could spend days researching, but in general, you should spend at least a couple of hours looking into the company. Most research can be done online these days, and an excellent place to start is social media, especially LinkedIn.”

In fact, according to Glassdoor, social media is becoming so popular in the job hunt that 79 per cent of job seekers use it at some stage in the process.

“If you don’t have much time, focus on the job description and matching it to your resume. This doesn’t mean tailoring your CV, but instead searching through it to see which skills and past successes best match the role.”

How can job seekers go about anticipating employer questions?

“If they’re being represented by a recruiter, ask them as many questions as possible to get an idea of their interview style – will they ask about your CV or have technical questions? Will it be formal or informal? Even if you aren’t job hunting through a recruiter, simply ringing the HR department and asking what sort of questions are normally asked is a good place to start.”

Don’t worry if you can’t find anything out about the interview. If you’re well-prepared and know your CV, you’ll be able to lead the interview yourself by making the employer ask questions around what you’ve chosen to tell them.

What should you do if you’re doing a group interview or assessment centre?

“You need to focus on your soft skills. This means communication, but also listening. It’s important to stand out, but be a team player. I recommend preparing three things that you definitely want to get across, and spend the rest of the time sitting back and listening.”

How should candidates prepare for IT interviews?

“Know your successes. Look at your past experiences and highlight the projects that you’ve led or played an integral role. If you don’t have that much experience, bring ideas to the table and show you have a sound knowledge of the role you’re going to undertake.”

Do you have any other tips for an interview?

“One of the most important things I can tell you is to be fully present in the room. You only have an hour to sell yourself, and it’s not worth it if your mind is elsewhere. One thing you should never do is answer your phone in an interview. If this is only your first or second interview, remember that while you may not always be successful, it’s still great experience and will help you perform better in future interviews.”

What’s stood out for you in interviews?

“I like it when candidates bring something extra to the table, for instance some slides they’ve prepared on a particular project they did in the past. This shows they’ve gone the extra mile and prepared above and beyond others. There might be one candidate that is a perfect fit, but if they’re complacent and don’t prepare sufficiently, they will lose out to less experienced people that really show they care about the role.”

Don’t forget to download our complete Interview Preparation Guide here, to make sure you make a lasting impression on hiring managers and set yourself apart from the competition.

How to refresh your CV

How to refresh your CV

Posted January 31, 2024

It’s essential to give your CV a refresh every now and again, whether it’s to change the layout, update your details, or match it with your LinkedIn profile. Almost everyone will realise the importance of having a near-perfect CV; whether you’re a recent graduate looking for your first role, a student planning for the future, or a professional seeking a career change, it’s essential this document reflects a number of important facts about yourself.

For those who have been in the job market for a while or are applying for a range of jobs, it’s also a good idea to refresh your CV every now and again, especially in the unfortunate event you aren’t having much success. Alternatively, if you haven’t changed roles or received any new qualifications or accolades for some time, a refresh could breathe some much-needed life into the document.

Refresh your CV with our guide.

Here are some key things to keep in mind:

Consider starting anew

In some cases, a quick refresh might not be enough to bring your CV up to the standards expected by recruiters. Alternatively, it may have been a while since you last applied for a job, leaving your details out of date or irrelevant. This also gives you the chance to try out a number of new ideas before settling on a final copy, such as changing the layout completely or updating your reference list. Have you met someone new who could better represent your achievements in the workplace?

Proofread the result!

At the very least, you should be taking the chance to refresh your CV with a proofread each time you make any changes or before submitting for a position. This is especially important considering career advisor TheLadders discovered just how little time some recruiters spend with each CV they inspect. According to the firm, many hiring managers are able to make a decision within six to seven seconds of opening an application. With CVs being subjected to such quick scrutiny, it’s essential that you’ve dotted your i’s and crossed your t’s in all the right places.

Check your digital CV at the same time

Ever wondered about a digital CV? LinkedIn revolutionised professional networking, offering a global platform with 1 billion members. It’s not just for connecting; it’s your online CV. Keep it aligned with your resume for a consistent professional image. Stay updated and find new connections.

Looking for more advice? Download our latest CV Guide.

At Talent, we’re about more than finding you your next role or assignment. We’re committed to empowering you in many other ways that will support your career, wellbeing, and lifestyle. If you’re looking for a role in the tech, transformation or beyond, have a look at our jobs board.

How to find tech work

How to find tech work

Posted January 10, 2024

Navigating the world of work can be difficult but there are things you can do to make landing your dream tech role that much easier. Here are our top tips to help you get ahead:

1. Speak to recruiters

According to Talent’s Sydney Practice Manager, Alan Dowdall, “Now is the time to engage with those recruiters you are connected to or who have contacted you in the past 6 months, and to speak to them about the current landscape based on your current skillset”. Recruiters, especially tech-based ones, can be your best asset in landing a tech role. With access to industry insights and knowledge about which companies are hiring, they can help you in securing interviews for roles most suited to your skillset and experience.

If you’re looking for a digital or tech role, check out our Job Search.

2. Get in touch

Former colleagues and managers are great people to turn to when looking for a new role. Check in with them to see where they are working currently. You may find that they are currently hiring, and can help set you up with an interview.

3. Look to the competition

Another great idea is to look to competitors of your current or previous employers. If they are in a position to hire currently, research who you know in these companies and see if they can make an introduction on your behalf. Use your connections to get a foot in the door.

4. Update your resume

Alan recommends scanning your resume thoroughly, “If it’s only been updated sporadically over the past 5 years, maybe it’s time for a rewrite.” Your core skillset should be clear so hiring managers can easily identify what you will bring to the table. However, Alan cautions, “If your resume reads like a job description, it’s time to update it with tangible achievements and details around projects worked on”. You want to showcase how your skills have actually been put to action. Tangible examples are essential.

5. Expand your skillset

Upskilling is the key that opens the door to many more job opportunities. For example, it may be worthwhile to skill up in security as it is related to your role. According to LinkedIn, hiring demand for professionals skilled in cybersecurity is significant, and companies are increasingly hiring for these roles. The more you can offer a company, the more value they will see in hiring you.

6. Set up job alerts

Sign up for job alerts from job boards and LinkedIn. You will be notified when any roles become available and can be the first to jump on them. It also means you can cut your job search time in half, as these alerts will be doing the hard search work for you. To receive notifications that are even more tailored to you, Alan recommends “staying quite close to your core skills” in the roles you apply for, as this will increase your chances of scoring an interview.

7. Refresh your LinkedIn profile

Your LinkedIn profile is essentially your digital resume, so you want to ensure that it is up to date with your key skills, qualifications and experience. Recruiters and hiring managers will be scanning this to determine whether you are the right fit for the position. LinkedIn is also a great networking tool, and is useful in making known to others that you are looking for work. We recommend that you update your profile to ‘Open to Opportunities’ as you want hiring managers and recruiters to easily be able to find your account and consider you for their open roles.

8. Set your pay expectations

In terms of a salary/pay rate in the current market, you should be asking yourself ‘what I am prepared to accept?’ This rate may not be what you got 12 months ago, so you need to be realistic and competitive if you want to increase your chances of securing your next role.

9. Dedicate some hours to job search

Searching for jobs is no easy task, and can take a large toll on you mentally. Alan recommends “setting a certain number of hours aside each day to do your research, sending your resume and conducting follow up calls with recruiters”. Setting this time aside helps you to establish a routine, and the more consistent you are with your efforts, the greater your chances are of landing a role.

10. Don’t be disheartened

With a shifting market and news of layoffs across big tech companies, Alan’s advice is to keep your spirits high, “Don’t get disheartened. There are still a lot of companies hiring and the right opportunity will present itself once you are consistent in your approach”. Stay motivated and persistent – it will pay off.

If you’re currently looking for tech work, check out our Job Search.

Tech hiring: Who really has the upper hand, employers or candidates?

Tech hiring: Who really has the upper hand, employers or candidates?

Posted December 6, 2023

The tech hiring market is shifting, seeing the scales of power continuing to tip between candidates and employers. So, who holds all the power, and does it only belong to one group? With exclusive insights from our recruiters across Australia and New Zealand, we dive into current tech hiring market trends to uncover who really has the upper hand. Let’s get into it.

What does the current market look like?

While the current tech hiring market is characterised by a greater sense of caution and conservatism – a stark contrast to the frenzied, candidate-driven hiring market of 2021 and 2022 – it doesn’t mean that demand for top tech skills is out the window. While the scales have started to tip in favour of the employer, with an influx of candidates in the market due to recent layoffs, there is more to the debate than this. Our recruitment experts share both sides, uncovering the nuances of this evolving market landscape.

An employer’s world

Throughout 2023, the market has experienced almost 250,000 layoffs across over 1,100 tech companies globally, resulting in a significant influx of talent to the market and more candidates available than roles on offer. Employers have subsequently found themselves holding the power across numerous roles, seeing a slowdown in the unprecedented salary rises of 2021 and 2022.

This particularly holds true for those in project services positions – think, your Project Managers and Business Analysts – where we are seeing slowed demand as companies cut costs and press pause on their projects.

Shane Hodgins, Senior Account Manager at Talent Sydney observes, “Where there has been a slowdown in the market is in the project services space – many companies are putting their projects on hold as budgets for IT projects are being cut. Generalist IT project managers are most affected by this. Where they have been let go and previously would have been picked up within weeks, many are taking longer to secure their next role as there aren’t as many project services functions available for them to work in.”

In New Zealand, 2023 has been a year of flux – something the tech hiring market was not immune to. JP Browne, Talent Auckland Practice Lead notes, “Auckland’s serious weather events at the start of the year caused a lot of organisations to put projects on hold. Inflation then hit and there was uncertainty around the economy. Put an election in that mix and we saw a lot of employers holding on to see what was going to happen. The demand for Project Services talent therefore remains low.”

Talent Wellington Managing Director, Nik King-Turner also weighs in, “2023 saw a huge increase in supply of amazing talent onto the market with many struggling to secure work as there were fewer roles to go around. With candidate supply high and job demand only slowly increasing, organisations are in the driver’s seat to have more control over rates and salaries that are paid.”

So, while it appears to be an employer’s market, is this really the case across all tech roles?

A case for the candidate

Despite layoffs and the flood of candidates in the market, the tech skills shortage remains and is only growing. With businesses seeking to leverage the power of AI, secure their cyber defences, and harness the capability of data, the demand for tech professionals to lead these programs of work has only grown. This has seen top AI, cyber, and data experts remain in high demand, with employers competing to secure this talent for their teams. With a shortage of qualified tech professionals on the market, top candidates who possess these skillsets are finding themselves in the driver’s seat, with more choice on offer and the ability to command those higher salaries.

Shane Hodgins notes, “Cybersecurity professionals are still in high demand. Hands-on technical roles such as penetration testers and security engineers, are highly sought after, and we’re still seeing more roles in the market than candidates available. Resultantly, salaries have remained high at post-COVID levels for these candidates.”

Talent Sydney Practice Manager, Alan Dowdall also observes that, “The market is in an interesting place currently. In certain job categories, mainly Project Services & Change, we see applications increasing tenfold from 18 months ago, with applicants getting a response to less than 10% of roles applied for.” Despite this, Alan notes that certain positions aren’t seeing this increased candidate competition, and instead, are experiencing the opposite. “Accomplished mid-level Software Engineering, Cyber, and DevOps professionals are still highly sought after. In these professions, demand outstrips supply, and the expectation of passive candidates to consider a move remains strong.”

The final verdict

There is no singular way to characterise the current tech hiring market. While project roles are down and employers hold the power in this sector, cyber, data, and AI roles are on the up and candidates are in control. It’s both an employer and candidate’s market. So, what can we expect for the next 12 months?

Looking ahead

Moving into 2024 and beyond, we know that the tech shortage isn’t going away anytime soon. As tech only evolves, and with it, presents new opportunities and risks, the right tech professionals are needed at the helm to guide companies forward.

Joelle Beaton, Talent Melbourne Practice Lead comments that, “Although there is malaise surrounding the broader economic climate, in the tech sector, analysis from Deloitte shows that 1.8 million new tech skills will be needed by 2030, an increase of 1.3 million on today’s levels. At a minimum, Australia will need 445,000 more technology skilled workers by 2030 to keep pace with international economies. With demand at these levels, I feel this sector will continue to see steady employment opportunities for both permanent and contract workers throughout 2024. Much of the demand will be in security, data and AI-related disciplines.”

Are you looking to recruit top tech professionals for your cybersecurity and data teams? Or are you a tech professional ready for your next opportunity? Check out our job search or get in touch with us to discover how we can help.

The must-have cybersecurity skills for 2024

The must-have cybersecurity skills for 2024

Posted December 4, 2023

Cybersecurity is one of the hottest topics at the moment. With cyber attacks only on the up, the right people are needed at the helm to shore up company systems and protect against threats. This calls for cybersecurity professionals who are skilled in everything from penetration testing through to AI and are always able to stay one step ahead of malicious players.

So, which cybersecurity skillsets are in highest demand and where should you focus your efforts as a cyber professional as we move into 2024? Our recruitment experts and clients (whose insights are so exclusive we’ve had to conceal their identities!) have weighed in to help you best navigate the cyber job market. Let’s get into it.

Cloud Computing Security

As cloud applications are increasingly relied upon with the growth of remote and hybrid work, the threat of cyberattacks is ever present. As a result, cloud computing security skills are highly desired. A global survey found 50% of companies are looking for cloud security specialists, yet this talent is in short supply as 57% of IT and cybersecurity managers have noted that cloud security roles are the most challenging to fill. One of Talent’s clients, an Information Security Governance Manager from a major bank, stated that “as more organisations are migrating applications and data to the cloud – they face new challenges in securing their cloud environments. Since cloud security is a niche set of skills, I believe many organisations will look to offer greater opportunities to upskill their employees in this specific area of cybersecurity.” Brush up on your cloud computing skills and they’ll hold you in good stead when searching for your next cyber role.

Security Operations

Monitoring company systems and ensuring there’s no way for cyber criminals to break through, is key as threats only become more sophisticated. So, it’s no surprise that endpoint security and security operations centre (SOC) skillsets are highly sought after. 42% of global companies are seeking to hire Security Operations Analysts, yet 50% cite difficulty in recruiting these professionals. According to our Talent Sydney cybersecurity recruitment expert, Elliott Howard, SOC roles top the list when it comes to professionals in demand, particularly as cyber threats only grow in number. Cyberattacks increased by 7% in the first quarter of 2023 compared to the same period the year prior, with 1 in 31 global companies experiencing a ransomware attack per week during this same time period. Elliott notes, “the cybersecurity roles most in demand by our clients are Cyber Engineers (SOC, Cloud Security and DevSecOps), GRC Consultants, and Cyber Architects.”

Offensive Security

When it comes to cybersecurity, it’s not only about building a strong defence – constructing a strong offensive strategy is just as important to stay ahead of cybercriminals. Strengthening systems by proactively searching for vulnerabilities is currently a key focus area for companies, with penetration testing and threat intelligence experts in high demand. According to a 2023 survey, 94% of cybersecurity professionals cited that penetration testing was either somewhat important or important to their company’s cybersecurity strength. However, 63% of survey respondents noted that hiring enough skilled professionals to carry out penetration tests was their top challenge when implementing a penetration testing program in their company. A Cyber Director at a Talent government client also notes that they are in search of tenured professionals with offensive security skillsets, citing that they are looking to hire “Offensive Security and Cyber Threat Intelligence Analysts including threat modelling, with 10 years’ experience and certified OSCP, GPEN, GCTI”. So, if you’re skilled in locking down systems and are an expert pen tester, you’ll be in a good position when it comes to securing cyber opportunities in 2024 and beyond.

Artificial Intelligence

As AI takes off, the need for professionals who understand the ins and outs of this technology – and can remain ahead of cybercriminals who are leveraging its capabilities – is higher than ever. With the global ‘AI in cybersecurity’ market valued at over $10 billion in 2020 and projected to reach $46.3 billion by 2027, companies are increasingly integrating AI into their cybersecurity operations and need skilled professionals to lead the charge. One Talent client, an Information Security Manager from a major bank, shares that they are in need of “experts with Artificial Intelligence skills, where AI is used for SOC”, however, they note that this skillset is challenging to hire for, with demand for this talent far outweighing supply. After all, it’s estimated that there is a shortfall of 3.4 million cybersecurity candidates globally.

Beyond technical skills… it’s time to talk the talk

While technical skills are key when it comes to cybersecurity, there are also those less technical skills that can be deal-makers or deal-breakers for employers when it comes to making a hire. Looking to 2024, strong communication skills are a non-negotiable. A Cybersecurity Architect Manager at an IT services client company, shares that “candidates who have the technical acumen are aplenty, however the ability to communicate in literal and verbal mediums, combined with a good set of interpersonal skills, differentiates the good from the not so good candidates.” Communication skills are so important and in such high demand, that candidates who possess both this technical AND non-technical expertise can find themselves in a stronger bargaining position when it comes to salary. A Cyber Services Manager at a cyber consultancy cites that their preference is “to hire those who are a bit consultative in nature with a good degree of interpersonal skills in managing clients. Such candidates are certainly in short supply, but if you find one, it’s often worth paying that little bit extra given the benefits they can provide.”

The skills and hiring landscape

As new technology continues to enter the market and cybercriminals become increasingly sophisticated, the skills and hiring landscape will continue to shift.

Here at Talent, we know that keeping up with current trends in cyber skills and getting ahead of rapidly evolving cyber threats is tough. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Working with hundreds of employers across every industry from Tech through to Telecoms, we can set you up with your ideal cybersecurity role. Check out all our job opportunities in cybersecurity here.