Microsoft most popular employer with uni students

Xero ranks number three in survey

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Microsoft has emerged as the preferred employer from a survey of undergraduate and post graduate students, with Xero close behind at number three.

The survey, which has produced a ranking of the top 100 preferred employers, was conducted by GradNewZealand, a publisher of resources for students.

The company said the showed young New Zealanders eager to work in the technology industry, which emerged as the second most popular sector in the survey. 

Other IT companies in the list were Datacom (15), IBM (20), MYOB (22), Orion Health (29), Trade Me (31), Cisco (33), Spark (42), DXC Technology (44), Vodafone (51), Fujitsu (62) and financial technology company FNZ (70), founded in New Zealand in 2004 and now headquartered in Scotland with 1400 employees and an estimated value of $4.0B.

GradNewZealand said the popularity of the technology sector was likely tied to it now being New Zealand’s third-largest exporter, with the bulk of the country’s technology sector concentrated in Auckland.

The survey was conducted in New Zealand for the first time in 2019 following similar surveys in Australia, the UK and Asia.

It was compiled based on 2,200 votes from New Zealand students. Responses were collected both online and on campus, with the online survey being distributed to students via student societies, careers services, email and social media campaigns.

Sixty six percent of respondents were studying for bachelors’ degrees, 26 percent for masters and eight percent undertaking other postgraduate studies. Approximately 67 percent came from a finance/business or STEM background. Fifty four percent were male.

GradNewZealand said a detailed report of the results with profiles of the companies would be available to students at career fairs and university careers service centres from March.

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