Immigration and the future of the tech sector
New Zealand Productivity Commission, 141 The Terrace
NZ needs more tech-minded people, not less. What immigration policy settings best facilitate this?
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Migrant labour plays a significant role in the tech sector. As countries start to plan their economic recovery from COVID-19, many have been recalibrating their immigration policies to ensure they can get the people and skills they need. In effect, New Zealand competes against these countries to secure the knowledge it needs to support transformational goals. The Productivity Commission has been tasked by the government to review policies with an eye for these goals.
What effect has access to migrant labour had on training, job conditions and technology adoption by firms? What more can immigration policy do to attract specialist “high-impact” people? How can New Zealand best leverage the diaspora to enhance productivity growth? Let's talk to those at the forefront of these pressing issues.