Wellington continuing to attract expat talent

New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, is continuing a drive to market itself as a leading destination for skilled immigrants.

Next week, economic development agency Grow Wellington will heading to Sydney, Australia to pitch the Wellington region as the leading choice for skilled expats.

It is the latest in a series of initiatives Grow Wellington has taken part in this year to attract talented people to the region. In March, the agency represented the region at the South by South West technology and business trade show in Texas while in May, it worked with Immigration New Zealand, local recruitment companies and technology companies on a campaign to attract skilled IT staff from the UK, and in September participated in the Innovation Islands online campaign.

Grow Wellington Chief Executive, Gerard Quinn, says that there are over 2000 job vacancies available in the Wellington region at present, many in the sectors of ICT, engineering, healthcare, accounting and government.

“There is a significant multi-sector opportunity for skilled talent attraction in Sydney which has a greater population than the whole of New Zealand and is home to 100,000 New Zealanders,” Quinn said. “We want to showcase the Wellington region as the ‘High Tech’ capital and as a great place to live and work”.

Recent Statistics New Zealand figures show migration to New Zealand is hitting record highs with the biggest-ever net gain of 47,684 people in the year to the end of October, compared with 17,684 in the previous 12 months.

Article published 26th November 2014