March 14, 2021
Maori needed for IT roles
A leading information technology services firm says New Zealand needs to get more Maori and Pasifika professionals.
Accenture’s Digital Skills Aotearoa report warns a mismatch in IT skills between graduates and job vacancies is hampering this country’s ability to become a hi-tech knowledge economy.
Managing director Ben Morgan says despite producing almost 6,000 new IT graduates each year, most of the new roles in IT have required senior-level experience and were filled by international talent.
He says the business community must bear some responsibility for the skills mismatch and make changes to attract graduates and retain and upskill staff.
In particular, businesses have been slow to incorporate and upskill Māori and Pasifika professionals into senior positions in the tech industry.
He says they will have uniquely Aotearoa perspectives which have the ability to differentiate our technology industry on the global stage.
Accenture New Zealand is a major partner of TupuToa, an organisation that grows Māori and Pacific leaders for roles in government and corporates.
Accenture’s Digital Skills Aotearoa report is here: https://nztech.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2021/01/Digital-Skills-Aotearoa-Report-2021_online.pdf
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