NZ ICT sector performance 'pleasing'
New Zealand’s ICT sector is seeing growing strength, according to the 2015 ICT Sector Report released today.
The report, released by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Communications Minister Amy Adams is the second in a series that provides in-depth analysis of New Zealand’s information and communications technology sector, and showcases New Zealand’s performance in the ICT industry over the last few years. The first report was released in 2013.
“The report shows that the technology software and services sector has been growing at the rate of 9 per cent per annum since 2008 and now contributes 1.7 per cent of GDP,” says Joyce.
“The export performance is particularly pleasing. Exports have grown at 14% per annum over the last six years to exceed $930 million in 2014,” he says. “There are marked increases in many areas including employment growth, business expenditure on research and development, and exports of IT services.”
Joyce adds, “This report underlines how New Zealand has been rapidly diversifying its economy in recent years.”
The report shows New Zealand’s IT services and software industry is rapidly growing, with the number of domestic IT businesses topping 10,000 for the first time in 2014.
Employment in the sector is on the rise with the number of people employed in IT services and software firms up 2,800 in the year to June 2014 to 26,700.
According to the finding, more ICT businesses are expanding internationally, with the report showing that exports of IT services and software have doubled since 2008.
Furthermore, the report shows that computer services account for 25% of all business expenditure on research and development in New Zealand. IT stocks now make up approximately 10% of the value of all listings on the NZX main board, compared with 1 percent five years ago.
The report also provides an overview of how New Zealanders are staying connected, Adams adds.
“Businesses and households are increasingly moving to higher capped, or uncapped, broadband connections with the number of fibre connections on the rise,” she says.
“Following the Government’s initiative to roll out ultra-fast broadband to at least 80% of New Zealanders, as a country we are now ranked first among developed countries for annual growth of fibre connections in the year to June 2014.”
Adams says, “It’s clear from the report that New Zealand’s ICT sector is an important contributor to our economy, both as a strong platform for future business growth and as the driver of the digitisation of the economy.”