Looking out to the end of the decade, there’s a strong likelihood that tech will be our biggest export earner. That’s an exciting prospect because the knowledge economy that tech powers, has the potential to lift the country’s standard of living and enable a low-carbon economy.
Among the TIN200, of which Datacom is the third largest by revenue, the average employee earns $89,711, nearly $28,000 more than the national median of $61,828. At this year’s Hi-Tech awards, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that by 2040, “with a sustained focus on better demographic representation in the sector”, there could be 151,000 extra jobs for women, 93,000 for Māori and 48,000 for Pacific people working in the digital industries.
So the opportunity is not just to boost economic prosperity, but to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participate, to enjoy the benefits of doing meaningful, well-paid work.