What are your chances of finding a job in New Zealand?
Right at the start you ask yourself: "Are my skills in demand in New Zealand?"
This will be one of the most important questions you will have when considering a move to New Zealand.
You can find out whether your skills are in high demand in New Zealand by looking up the Skill Shortage Lists below, which have been put together as a result of feedback from various industry sectors.
In most cases the answer to your question will be: 'If you have good skills and work experience, your chances of finding a job in New Zealand are good.'
In any case, having a team of New Zealand immigration professionals working side by side with you will vastly improve your chances of getting an offer of employment from a New Zealand employer.
Our Job Search Professionals will prepare, coach and support you throughout your entire job search process, while our Licensed Immigration Advisers will ensure that you will obtain a visa that will allow you to take up your employment and start working.
You will be able to make the most of your professional potential in what will be a foreign job market and overcome the Catch 22 hurdle!
The Skill Shortage Lists
As a starting point we recommend that you scan through the three Essential Skills in Demand Lists, also called Skill Shortage Lists, to see whether your profession is listed:
The three Essential Skills in Demand Lists, ESID Lists, reflect the current labour market situation and are updated by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on a regular basis to ensure that the changing needs of the labour market are met and to preserve job opportunities for New Zealanders.
The last skill shortages review took place in December 2017 and the changes will take effect in February 2018.
If your skills are on one of the Essential Skills in Demand Lists, this can mean two things for you:
- It gives you an indication that your chances of finding a job are very good.
- Your work and resident visa applications might be more straight forward than for other migrants.
"What if my occupation is not listed in one of the Shortage Lists? Does that mean I cannot migrate to New Zealand?"
If you have good qualifications and work experience, your chances of finding a job and getting a visa can still be excellent.
Our experienced Employment Professionals are here to help. They will build you up as an excellent candidate on the New Zealand job market and coach you throughout your entire job search, until you have found a job in New Zealand.
Before you start: Do some market research!
We recommend that you do some initial market research through the internet in order to get a first impression.
It is important that you have a clear and realistic understanding of every step of your job search and migration process and we encourage you to do as much research as you can.
This might sound obvious, but it is definitely an excellent way to build up confidence in your decision to move to New Zealand.
Two of the leading websites for job listings in New Zealand are:
If you see a good number of positions advertised that match your skills, this will be an encouraging starting point.
The New Zealand job market is comparably small and we strongly recommend, that, while it is a good idea to do as much market research as possible to identify key employers, you might want to refrain from sending out any job applications at all before you can be certain that you have a good chance of being successful.
It is quite likely that you only have one chance to present yourself to a specific employer of your choice and you want to make sure that you give it your best shot!
First impressions always count!
Once your application has been rejected or ignored, it will get much harder to convince the same employer that you are indeed the best candidate for the job.
Another reason to be cautious: In our experience recruitment agencies will also not be interested in working with you, once you have sent out a number of job applications and are no longer new to the market.
We advise you to work with our Job Search Professionals right from the start.
It is important that we work with you on transferring your skills into a format that is understood and appreciated in New Zealand before sending out job applications.
Our Job Search Professionals will ensure that you make the most of your professional potential by presenting yourself in the best possible light.
We want your job application to stand out from competing applications!
Working with our Licensed Immigration Advisers will improve your chances!
When approaching the job market, it is important to ensure your potential employer right from the start that - while you do not have a work visa yet - your visa application is in professional hands and will not cause any problems for the employer.
Working with our team of Job Search Professionals and Licensed Immigration Advisers will put you in a strong position and vastly improve your chances of securing a job offer!
Some technical details, if you want to know more:
Read on if you are interested in learning more about the Essential Skills in Demand Lists, future developments and what they mean for your visa application process.
The Immediate Skill Shortage List includes occupations where skilled workers are immediately required in New Zealand.
If your profession is listed, you can assume that there is a high demand for your skills and that not enough New Zealand citizens or residents are available to fill the skill gap.
You may be granted an Essential Skills work visa and faster processing of your work visa application will be guaranteed if you are offered a job on the ISSL and meet all further requirements of the visa policy.
As a result of the latest labour market review in December 2017, the following 12 occupations have been added to the ISSL:
Accountant (General) (a)
Carpenter and Joiner (b)
Fibrous Plasterer (b)
Motor Mechanic (General) (b)
Roof Plumber (c)
Roof Tiler (c)
Solid Plasterer (b)
Vehicle Painter (b)
(a) only for the Auckland/Upper North Island, Wellington and Canterbury/Upper South Island regions
(b) for all regions of New Zealand
(c) only for the Auckland/Upper North Island, Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Canterbury/Upper South Island and Otago/Southland regions
Five occupations have been removed:
Medical Laboratory Technician (Phlebotomy and Histology Technicians)
Five occupations that were included in the review have been retained:
Metal Casting Trades Worker (Foundry Moulder)
Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
Resident Medical Officer
Submissions to add Hair or Beauty Salon Manager to the ISSL have been declined.
Find out if your occupation is listed in the current Immediate Skill Shortage List.
The updated ISSL will be published here as soon as it becomes available, before it will take effect in February 2018.
The Long Term Skill Shortage List identifies occupations where there is a sustained and on-going shortage of highly skilled workers both globally and throughout New Zealand.
If your profession is listed on the LTSSL, you can realistically assume that your chances of finding employment are excellent.
If you get a job offer in an occupation on the LTSSL and meet the further requirements, you may be granted a work visa under the Work to Residence category.
You may be eligible to apply for residence in two years, provided you meet standard requirements, and that job has a base salary of at least NZ$45,000.
This list is also important for migrants who are applying for a resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category: If your qualification is on this list, you might qualify for bonus points for your Expression of Interest.
The outcome of the review of the LTSSL in December 2017 was to remove the following five occupations for which there is no longer a shortage:
Renal Medicine Specialist
Two occupations that were included in the review will be retained:
Submissions to add four occupations (Hairdresser, Motorcycle Mechanic, Registered Nurse (Mental Health), and Sports Coach or Instructor) to the LTSSL have been declined.
View the current Long Term Skill Shortage List.
The updated LTSSL will be published here as soon as it becomes available, before it will take effect in February 2018.
The Canterbury Skill Shortage List contains occupations in critical shortage in the Canterbury region following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.
It draws on the occupations on the Immediate and Long Term Skill Shortage Lists relevant to the Canterbury rebuild.
If you have skills in construction, engineering, telecommunications, trade professions and similar, your occupation are on this list, your chances of finding a job should be excellent.
If you have a job offer in Canterbury, you may be granted an Essential Skills work visa and if your occupation is also on the LTSSL, then you may also be able to apply for residence.
View the current Canterbury Skill Shortage List, effective from August 2017.
Hello Katrin, First of all I want to thank you for the fantastic, complete and detailed work that you have done with my job application materials. Now I feel more confident for the future job applications.Thank you for your suggestions and recommendations. Of course now I’m searching for potential job offers in the Online Job Seeker Sources and Recruitment Agencies. When I find a job offer suitable for me, before to apply I’ll contact you to ask your opinion.
Best regards, Jorge, Argentina
Read more about working in New Zealand
- Find out how you can boost your search for a job in New Zealand.
- Can we guarantee you that you will find a job in New Zealand?
- What is the next step once you have a job offer?
- If you want to work, you will need a visa.
Are you eligible for a resident visa under Skilled Migrant Category? Find out by using our Quick Self-Check Guide.
Read more about becoming a New Zealand resident through the Skilled Migrant Category:
- How many points will you need to have a realistic chance?
- Will you be able to claim points for your qualifications?
- Will you be able to claim bonus points for your professional expertise?
- Do you have to be registered in New Zealand?
- Will you meet the English language requirements?
Ask our Job Search Professionals
If you want to find out more about finding a job in New Zealand, contact Katrin Schottke, Job Search Manager at NZIC.Ask Katrin for a Free Assessment