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March 2016
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At the CITRENZ Board meeting last week, Mary-Claire Proctor from NMIT was elected as the new chair of CITRENZ.

I am deeply humbled to have been elected chair of CITRENZ last week, especially at such an important time for the future of our body. For those that don’t know me, my name is Mary-Claire Proctor (I usually go by Mary) and I’m Manager of Digital Technology at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), a similar role to a Head of School.
I want to start by thanking outgoing co-chairs Alison Clear and Sam Mann, who have done a truly outstanding job on all of our behalf over many years. As well as navigating the organisation and sector through the challenging and uncertain times of the Mandatory Review of Qualifications (MRoQ) and other challenges in recent years, both have been a core part of the leadership of CITRENZ for a very long time. I believe both will continue to be heavily involved for quite some time yet and look forward to their guidance over the transition of the chair role.

CITRENZ is in a great position as the organisation providing our computing and IT schools and departments with key opportunities for collaboration and representation. However last week the CITRENZ board began the process of working through what this means for all of us, going forward into the post-MRoQ era.

With membership spanning almost the entire ITP sector and active engagement from most member institutions, CITRENZ fulfills a very important function. But we really need to know what this means for you over the next few years, especially with so many changes and challenges in the environment we operate. Or to put it another way, CITRENZ is a membership body, which means it must respond to the needs of you, its members.

Last week the Board started on the first part of a fairly wide review into CITRENZ and its future. This began with Alison facilitating an excellent workshop session with input from both education and industry reps on the board, and we came out with some exciting ideas for the future. Now we need to know what you think.

Later this week you’ll receive a survey from CITRENZ asking you for your views of CITRENZ, both as an organisation and the types of services it could or should be providing you and your institution. This survey is just the first step – the board is committed to taking onboard what comes back and making whatever changes are necessary to ensure CITRENZ continues to be relevant, valuable, and responsive to your needs over the next few years and into the future.

I know you’re busy and I know that, like me, you probably receive lots of survey requests. But this one is different. Please, when you receive this survey take just a few minutes to fill it out and help us shape the future of our organisation. We hope you’ll also help us by sending it around all of the staff at your institution and encouraging them to do the same, to ensure as broad a cross-section of views as possible.

CITRENZ is about collaboration. Let’s work together as a community to make it everything it can be over the coming years.

- Mary-Claire Proctor, CITRENZ Chair

Joining the Moderation Process

Institutions who are not currently using the CITRENZ Degree Moderation process are invited to contact the degree moderation coordinator (Trevor Nesbit – email: trevnesbit@gmail.com) if they would like to investigate joining the process.

Institutions who currently participate in the process provide material for moderation with the preferred format for submission being to upload material electronically via dropbox, although other methods of electronic submission are available. If it is not possible to submit the files electronically then it is possible to submit hard copy.

The materials for each course are made available to an appropriate moderator. The moderator for each course is selected from a pool based on the subject expertise and the level of the course. (For example if the course is part of a post graduate qualification, the moderator will have post graduate qualifications and an appropriate research background.

Once the moderator has completed their report, it is sent back to the institution that it came from and the CITRENZ office will invoice the institution for the service ($350 + GST per course).

There is scope for one or two new moderators to join the pool – if you are interested, contact Trevor (trevnesbit@gmail.com).
 

Acknowledging Excellence

CITRENZ continues to recognise top students at member institutes annually with the ‘Academic Excellence’ award.

There is one award available to each member institute each year and criteria is up to each institution, as is the level at which it is awarded, although it is assumed it would be awarded to a graduate.

Recognising excellence is a focus of CITRENZ so the award, which also includes a $100 prize, is a welcome addition to each deserving recipients CV. Once you have selected your ‘Academic Excellence’ recipient, please notify Vivienne Wetere to arrange for the official certificate to be sent through.

We would also like to feature each institute winner in our monthly newsletter so send a photo and bio of your recipient to Vivienne Wetere as soon as possible.

 
New Associate Dean at MIT
- Nuddy Pillay
Nuddy Pillay has been appointed as Associate Dean of  Information Technology at MIT’s Faculty of Business and Information Technology as of December 2015.
 
A South African native, Nuddy has spent the last 15 years at MIT most recently in Faculty Programme Leadership roles in Business and Communications. Prior to this he was Director of ICT at Macleans College, Auckland.
 
Nuddy brings extensive experience in blended learning research and curriculum development in tertiary education. He has also represented the ITP sector at governance level, during the recent NZQA facilitated MROQ Business Qualifications development initiatives.
 
A particular focus for him has been promoting effective communication in the workplace and in education using digital technologies.
 
Nuddy is the current president of the New Zealand Communication Association which complements his passion for preparing students for technology and media rich workplaces. He also believes strongly in the role relationship development plays in achieving organisational goals.
 
Being a past club captain at  the Pakuranga course Nuddy is always up for round of golf.

Welcome to CITRENZ Nuddy!
29th Annual CITRENZ Conference
Wellington, 11-13 July 2016
In conjunction with IITP, and 10 other tech conferences
This year we are excited to be a constituent conference of the ITx conference, in partnership with 11 other conferences and coordinated by the Institute of IT Professionals (IITP). ITx brings together 12 separate conferences under one roof over 3 days and will be a great opportunity for CITRENZ members to engage with the broader IT community.  ITx is where New Zealand's digital technology sector comes together. Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in any of the conferences as well as gaining exposure to shared keynotes and panel sessions.
 
The international CITRENZ 2016 conference is broad in scope and we now invite submissions in several categories:
 
Editorially (non-peer) reviewed:
  • Poster presentations
  • Workshop proposals
  • Panel Proposals
Peer-reviewed papers:
  • Computing and IT Education
  • Computing and IT Applied Research and Practice
  • Education Technology
  • Māori in Information Technology
Papers in all the sub disciplines of the computing field, (Information Systems, Information Technology, Software Engineering, Computer Science and Computer Engineering) are encouraged. We also welcome papers in the areas of educational technology, e-learning, e-Commerce, cloud, data and mobile computing.

IMPORTANT DATES

For further information, email citrenz@itx.nz or visit the ITx conference website http://itx.nz/CITRENZConference.

Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE)

San Pablo Catholic University, Arequipa, Peru. 10-12 July, 2016

http://ucsp.edu.pe/iticse2016/
 

ICT Trends 2016

Ongoing demand for IT skills

 

Employment Market: National and Local
The latest Hudson Report ‘Forward focus 2016’ states that the job outlook for 2016 is more positive than during 2015, when the economy softened, with IT the top industry in terms of employers planning to add to permanent headcount.  According to the report demand for IT professionals is being driven by the growth of companies in Auckland and Christchurch’s technology hubs and by large public sector projects in Wellington.

The NZ Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) All Vacancies Index, in the jobs online monthly report for January 2016, grew by 1.5 percent with information technology being one of the largest increases at 1.4 percent. Note, however, that in the trend series for the same All Vacancies Index, the IT industry fell by 6.7 percent over the year from January 2015 to January 2016. According to the report’s ‘Annual percentage change in advertised job vacancies’ multimedia specialists and web developers (Immigration NZ LTSSL ANZSCO 261211 & 261212) are among the fastest growing occupations, with an 80 percent increase over the last twelve months.

In terms of specialist ICT skills, the MBIE Occupation Outlook for 2016 rates job prospects for ICT Systems and Business Analysts and for Software Developers as growing and likely to remain strong in the coming years. Both of these occupations are on Immigration New Zealand’s long-term skill shortage list (LTSSL), reflecting the fact there are currently not enough graduates to meet demand.

The issue of IT job vacancies featured in a recent article in the Stuff Businessday with the headline ‘NZ IT industry must look to domestic talent to ease skill shortage’. An NZTech group 2013 survey found that NZ had 10,000 IT vacancies in a workforce of 124,000 and that NZ was, and is, competing for staff in a global market facing IT skill shortages. In the past two years the United States needed more than 1 million IT graduates while Europe was short of more than 800,000.In an analysis of US government data by labour market analysts (Computerworld: 15/02/2016) the number of new IT jobs added in 2015 was estimated as ranging from 125,000 to about 180,000, similar to the trend in 2014. Digitising products; turning consumer wares into connected products, adapting to mobile and utilizing business intelligence, robotics and social media continues to drive demand.

Digitising products also has organisations in Germany and the Netherlands struggling to fill positions for software developers, according to a recent article in ComputerWorld. Germany has more than 43,000 vacancies for IT specialists, while there are 15,000 listed IT job openings in the Netherlands. Almost 64 percent of the IT companies surveyed have vacancies for software developers, with firms particularly in need of expertise in cloud computing, big data, and app programming. Software language skills in demand are .NET, Java and PHP.

Addressing Demand
NZTech is one of many organisations that have recognised a need for NZ to produce more of its own IT recruits, rather than relying on attracting recruits from overseas. The number of students completing computer science or information systems degrees, according to Ministry of Education figures, almost doubled from 760 in 2007 to 1420 in 2014. However, IT/ICT needs more women who currently make up just 23 percent of the NZ workforce and only 26.5 percent of total IT/ICT degree graduates.
IITP’s in-school programme, ICT-Connect, has provided a practical way of involving the industry in a strategy that is designed to help resolve New Zealand's ICT skill shortage, in the long term.
In the USA, government has launched a billion-dollar ‘Computer Science for All’ education program designed to help school leavers find and fill an increasing number of high-paying tech jobs (over 600,000 tech jobs were left vacant in the US last year across range of industries).
How does demand here in NZ compare with this time last year?

Current Job Adverts
The total number of Seek ICT Job adverts for February 2016 is 1915, which is down 11 percent on February 2015 (Fig.1). However, this represents an increase of 33 percent on last month’s figure of 1436, which is fairly usual for this time of the year.



Fig.1 Seek ICT Job Adverts Monthly Trends 2010 – 2016 (February)
 
The number of Trademe IT job adverts for February (Fig.2) is down 17 percent on the same time last year and represents a 9.6 percent increase on last month.



Fig.2 Seek ICT & Trademe IT Job Advert Trends to February 2016
 
Figure 3 illustrates the usual upward trend in Seek ICT job adverts for this time of the year although the job adverts for Auckland and Wellington are both down 10 percent on February 2015 while Canterbury is down 18 percent.



Fig.3 Seek ICT Job Advert Trends Monthly Change for Jan - Feb 2016
 
Figure 4 provides a detailed record of the Seek ICT job advert trends by region for the year to date.



Fig.4 Seek ICT Job Advert Monthly Trends to February 2016

Conclusion
Seek ICT job adverts are following the usual upward trend for this time of the year, although numbers for the three major regions of Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury are down on the February 2015 figures.
The IT industry jobs include some of NZ’s fastest growing occupations and, according to government and industry forecasts, are likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.  Producing more ICT graduates and potential recruits to meet increasing local and global demand will continue to challenge governments, educationalists and industry leaders alike. 

News Bytes: A to Z
Germany/Netherlands – ComputerWeekly: Fears of software skills shortage in Germany and the Netherlands
Germany has more than 43,000 vacancies for IT specialists, while there are 15,000 listed IT job openings in the Netherlands.
NZ – AbsoluteIT: IT sector shines bright
Median base salaries increase by 60% within the first six years of IT experience.
NZ – MBIE Jobs Online: Monthly report for January 2016
The All Vacancies Index increased by 1.5 per cent with Information Technology up 1.4 percent although vacancies fell by 6.7 percent over the year February 2015 to February 2016.
NZ – MBIE Occupational Outlook 2016
Job prospects for STEM jobs are excellent
NZ - The Hudson Report: Forward Focus 2016
There is strong demand for IT professionals – the increase in the Wellington region is the result of large public sector projects.
NZ – Stuff.co.nz; Business Day: MBIE report rates job prospects across industries
IT Business & Systems Analysts, and software and web developers among jobs with the best rated prospects.
NZ – Stuff.co.nz; Business Day: NZ must look to domestic talent to ease skill shortage
IT staff shortage global. USA needs more than 1 million IT graduates in the next 2 years & Europe more than 800,000.
USA – Computerworld: New job realities ahead for IT workers
Estimates of the number of new IT jobs added last year range from 125,000 to about 180,000.
USA – IT News: Twenty hot skills that will get you a raise
Demand for IT skills driven by emergence of the cloud, big data, mobile and software and application engineering.
USA – IT News: Obama plans billion-dollar spend on computer science in US schools
According to the White House, over 600,000 tech jobs were left vacant in USA last year across range of industries.
 
 
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