Recently I talked about the need for companies like Xero to show leadership in the wake of the signals emanating from Brexit and the US presidential election. We need to create jobs, especially in the regions where the benefits of globalization may not have improved lives as much as for those in larger cities and trading hubs.
As Xero continues its strong growth, not just internationally but here in New Zealand, it’s something we’ve been thinking a lot about. We’re actively working to attract international tech talent to live and work at our main developer centers in Wellington, Auckland, Melbourne and Canberra.
But there’s also work to be done in tapping talent at a local level in regional New Zealand. It used to be that people needed to live in the major cities to advance their technology careers, but that’s changing quickly. And with the advent of the cloud, investments in fibre infrastructure technology has flattened the world to allow people who want a fulfilling job with a good life balance to do so from beautiful places outside of centres like Auckland and Wellington.
Which is why we’re proud to announce that we’re opening our next Xero office in Hawke’s Bay early next year. We’re targeting 30 support jobs in the first year and will monitor interest to see if further opportunities can be created in the region. The new roles are part of Xero’s global Customer Experience (CX) team. This will add to our international list of CX hubs in places like Denver and Melbourne, and will include specialist Payroll experts.
We’ll be drawing on talent across the Hawke’s Bay region, while at the same time lessening the burden on housing and transport in cities like Auckland and Wellington. We’re hoping to set up shop in the new Tech Hub development in Ahuriri, Napier. It is being converted from a wool store to offices with shared spaces and services for communities of entrepreneurs, freelancers and start-ups.
We’ve been working closely with the local councils who are becoming aware that availability of a spectrum of housing opportunities could quickly become the constraint for people relocating to the region so it will be an interesting to determine what interest we see. We’re also interested to see the internal demand from our staff to relocate to the provinces. We’ll share what we learn so other companies can benefit from our experience.
We are currently advertising for roles in the new office, check out our careers page. It not only has job postings, but it also shows what it’s like to work with us. Come and be part of our vision to help small businesses grow, drive the economy, help make a difference, and #dobeautifulwork.