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In a trend reversal, a growing number of IT workers in Australia are now hunting for work in neighbouring New Zealand, according to recruitment company Absolute IT. Between March and May 2013 the number of people relocating to New Zealand to find IT work was 102 people, equating to an increase of 64 people compared with the same period last year.
Absolute IT director Grant Burley confirmed the company had seen a +165% increase in the number of Australian-based candidates for New Zealand jobs. A significant proportion were admittedly New Zealanders returning home for better job prospects than can currently be found in Australia, however there was a growing number of native Australians making the move.
This news comes on the back of a study by Greythorn reporting that Australian IT workers are already feeling increasing pressure from skilled migrants and the threat of job outsourcing.
They Sydney Morning Herald reported last week that IBM Australia was expected to make 1,500 staff member redundant. Speculation has arisen that the jobs would be moved to New Zealand.