Auckland’s tech sector comprises ICT and software companies across fields including cyber security, big data and fin-tech, and high-tech manufacturing such as medical devices and aerospace engineering.
New precincts and facilities, such as the GridAKL innovation precinct at Wynyard Quarter, are encouraging collaboration and innovation between researchers, businesses and government, which is helping to boost the rapid growth of this sector in Auckland.
At a glance*
- NZD $7.8bn of Auckland’s GDP (12%)
- NZD $2.8bn of Auckland’s exports
- 47,682 employees
* as of 2015.
Source: New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) 2016. Digital Nation New Zealand.
In 2015, Auckland’s tech sector contributed 48 per cent of the New Zealand tech sector’s total GDP and generated 47 per cent of New Zealand’s tech sector income.
Auckland’s strong and supported technology ecosystem has made us the main New Zealand hub for many technology sub-industries, such as cyber security, financial services, health IT, medical devices and ICT (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS). This is in part thanks to Government and investor networks that are supporting the sector and helping us build technology hubs, incubators and accelerators, including the GridAKL innovation precinct at Wynyard Quarter.
In 2015, Auckland employed 48 per cent of New Zealand’s technology sector workers. Our five tertiary institutions and a dedicated ICT graduate school have helped create a highly skilled workforce – over 45,000 of our tech workers have a tertiary-level qualification.