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About the Tech Sector

Overview of the New Zealand technology sector

The New Zealand technology sector is a significant contributor to the New Zealand economy, creating many jobs, GDP and exports.

Economic Impact

New Zealand’s Tech Sector had

23,229

Companies in 2020

Source: Statistic NZ 2021

New Zealand’s Tech Sector employed

111,760

People in 2020

Source: Statistics NZ 2021

NZ’s Top 200 Tech Exporters reported

$13.9b

Revenues in 2021

Source: TIN Report 2021

NZ‘s Top 200 Tech Exporters revenues grew

11.5%

2020 to 2021

Source: TIN Report 2021

New Zealand’s Tech Sector employs

5%

of the NZ workforce

Source: Statistic NZ 2021

Each new Tech Sector job creates

4.8

new jobs

Source: NZTech Digital Nation Report 2016

New Zealand’s Tech Sector contributes

18%

to GDP

Source: NZTech Digital Nation Report 2016

Each 4% growth in Tech Sector productivity creates

$2.7b

additional GDP

Source: NZTech Digital Nation Report 2016

Exports

New Zealand’s Tech Sector exported

$8.6b

globally

Source: Statistic NZ 2021

New Zealand’s Tech Sector exports grew

10.8%

between 2019 and 2020

Source: Statistics NZ 2021

NZ’s Top 200 Tech Exporters overseas sales

$10.4b

*some of which stays offshore

Source: TIN Report 2021

NZ‘s Top 200 Tech Exporters overseas sales grew

14.4%

between 2020 to 2021

Source: TIN Report 2021

New Zealand’s Tech Sector is the country’s

2nd

largest export sector

Source: Statistic NZ 2021 H1 2021

New Zealand’s Tech Sector exports makes up

10%

of all exports in 2020

Source: Statistics NZ 2021

New Zealand’s Digital (ICT) exports grew

23%

between 2020 to 2021

Source: Statistics NZ 2021

New Zealand’s Tech Manufacturing exports grew

6%

between 2020 to 2021

Source: Statistics NZ 2021

Investment

Angel and VC investment into early stage Tech Firms was

$160m

in 2020

Source: NZGCP and TIN Research 2021

Investment into early stage Tech Firms grew

48%

between 2019 to 2020

Source: NZGCP and TIN Research 2021

Private equity and VC fund investment into Tech Firms was

$2.4b

in 2020

Source: NZ Private Capital Monitor 2021

Growth in capital investment into the Tech Sector grew

111%

between 2019 to 2021

Source: NZ Private Capital Monitor 2021

96

Early stage Angel and VC deals completed in 2020

Source: NZGCP and TIN Research 2021

15

New Zealand Tech Firms were acquired in 2020

Source: Scale-Up 2020

7

New Zealand Tech Firms underwent an IPO in 2020

Source: Scale-Up 2020

74%

of early stage funding of Tech Firms was invested in Auckland

Source: NZGCP 2020

R&D

New Zealand’s Tech Sector invested

$924m

in R&D in 2020

Source: Statistic NZ 2021

New Zealand’s Tech Sector R&D accounts for

1/3rd

of NZ’s R&D investment

Source: Statistics NZ 2021

New Zealand’s Tech Sector employs

6,300

R&D staff

Source: Statistics NZ 2021

NZ‘s Top 200 R&D spend grew

14.3%

between 2020 to 2021

Source: TIN Report 2021

The investment in R&D by the New Zealand Tech Sector

Quadrupled

over past 10 years

Source: Statistic NZ 2021

The number of R&D staff in the New Zealand Tech Sector

Tripled

over past 10 years

Source: Statistics NZ 2021

NZ’s Top 200 Tech Exporters spend

$11.1%

of revenue on R&D

So1urce: TIN Report 2021

New Zealand’s Digital (ICT) firms spend

17.7%

of revenue on R&D

Source: TIN Report 2021

Employment

New Zealand’s Tech Sector employed

111,760

people in 2020

Source: Statistic NZ 2021

New Zealand’s Tech Sector employed

5%

of the NZ workforce

Source: Statistics NZ 2021

New Zealand’s Tech Sector median base salary

$100,000

per annum

Source: Absolute IT Survey 2021

NZ‘s Top 200 Tech Exporters employ

57,262

people globally

Source: TIN Report 2021

27%

of New Zeeland’s IT workforce are Women

Source: Digital Skills Aotearoa Report 2021

4%

of New Zealand’s IT workforce is Māori

Source: Digital Skills Aotearoa Report 2021

2.8%

of New Zealand’s IT workforce is Pasifika

Source: Digital Skills Aotearoa Report 2021

50%

of New Zealand’s Tech Sector employees are in Auckland

Source: Statistics NZ 2021

Education

13,403

Year 13 students enrolled in digital tech courses in 2020

Source: Ministry of Education 2021

28%

of Year 13 students enrolled in digital tech courses in 2020 were female

Source: Ministry of Education 2021

12%

more Year 9-13 students enrolled in digital tech courses in 2020

Source: Ministry of Education 2021

2,250

students moved into IT degree courses from school in 2020

Source: Ministry of Education 2021

11,905

Computer science, InfoTech & Software Engineering domestic students studying IT degree level in 2020

Source: Ministry of Education 2021

-3%

of domestic students studying IT degree level qualifications decreased in 2020

Source: Ministry of Education 2021

2,400

Computer Science, InfoTech & Software Engineering domestic students graduated with IT degrees in 2020

Source: Ministry of Education 2021

-7%

Domestic students graduating with IT degree level qualifications decreased in 2020

Source: Statistics NZ 2021

26%

of students studying IT courses in 2020 were female

Source: Ministry of Education 2021

10%

of students studying IT courses were Māori

Source: Ministry of Education 2021

7%

of students studying IT courses were Pasifika

Source: Ministry of Education 2021

9%

of students studying IT courses in 2020 were over 40 years old

Source: Ministry of Education 2021

425

Female students graduated with IT degrees in 2020

Source: Ministry of Education 2021

120

Māori students graduated with IT degrees in 2020

Source: Ministry of Education 2021

85

Pasifika students graduated with IT degrees in 2020

Source: Ministry of Education 2021

80

Students over 40 graduated with IT degrees in 2020

Source: Ministry of Education 2021

2020 data updated in November 2021

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