Thousands apply for free 'ultimate tech career trip' to New Zealand

More than 10,000 people have already applied for 100 spots on "the ultimate tech career trip" that could fill the gap in the industry many Kiwi companies are struggling with. 

A digital campaign has been launched as part of a scheme to attract talent from around the world in a bid to supplement Wellington's technology pool, with the city offering a free trip to 100 "lucky applicants" being flown to New Zealand for job interviews.

Wellington Regional Economy Development Agency's (WREDA) growth and innovation manager, David Jones told TVNZ's Breakfast the Look See Wellington sight has had 250,000 hits.

Currently there are 55,000 people completing applications on the site, and 11,000 have already applied and are now being screened. 

Mr Jones said there's a "global shortfall in terms of the technology industry" and they have found that big and small Kiwi companies including Xero, WETA and Trade Me have come forward to support the initiative.

"They would like to recruit really high caliber technology candidates," he said.

WREDA are partnered with Workhere New Zealand on the initiative which will see 100 people spend four days in Wellington attending pre-arranged job interviews, meet-ups, and site seeing.

The development agency are fronting $300,000 of the $850,000 total budget for the initiative.

If all 100 candidates land the jobs they interview for, the project would generate an excess of $4.5million contribution towards the regional economy, and even if only six people were recruited, they would "break even" said Mr Jones. 

Wellington agencies will fly 100 people from all around the world to NZ to fill 100 jobs. Source: Breakfast