Is your profession on one of the latest Skill Shortage Lists?
New Zealand has three different Skill Shortage Lists.
You can look up the current Skill Shortage Lists here:
Why does it matter whether your profession is on one of the Skill Shortage Lists?
Because the lists are relevant for your visa application and also play an important role for your job search in New Zealand.
They give you a good indication if you want to find out
- whether you can claim bonus points for your Expression of Interest,
- whether you can fast-track your work visa, and
- whether your profession is in high demand in the New Zealand job market.
Find out more about the Skill Shortages Lists:
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.
Find out if your occupation is listed in the current Immediate Skill Shortage List.
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 above average.
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.
View the current Long Term Skill Shortage List.
On 17 December 2018, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) will establish the Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List (CISSL) to support the government’s construction and infrastructure commitments.
The CISSL will include all occupations previously on the Canterbury Skill Shortage List and construction-related occupations on the Immediate Skill Shortage List.
It covers all regions throughout New Zealand to meet their identified labour shortages.
The CISSL will be reviewed in early 2019 to reflect labour market requirements.
*Up until the 17th of December: The Canterbury Skill Shortage List, CSSL
The new Construction and Infrastructure Shortage List replaced the 2017 Canterbury Skill Shortage List.
The Canterbury Skill Shortage List contained occupations in critical shortage in the Canterbury region following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. It drew on the occupations on the Immediate and Long Term Skill Shortage Lists relevant to the Canterbury rebuild.
Right at the start you are probably unsure whether you will be able to secure a job offer in New Zealand.
We advise our clients to do as much of their own market research on the New Zealand job market as they can! You can build up your confidence by researching the relevant job portals and gaining a good overview over the skills that are in demand.
Are you eligible to work in New Zealand? Find out by using our Quick Self-Check Guide.
Find out more about working in New Zealand:
- Can you come to New Zealand to look for a job?
- Will you be able to find a job if you do not have a visa yet?
- Nailing the Job Interview
- The 28 best interview replies!
- Tactics for accessing the Hidden Job Market
- What is the next step once you have a job offer?
- Find an Accredited Employer
- Skill shortages in New Zealand
- How much will you be able to earn?
- Your job must be "skilled" to give you points
- Can we guarantee you that you will find a job in New Zealand if you are using our Job Search Service?
Ask our Licensed Immigration Advisers
If you want to find out more about obtaining the right visa for New Zealand, contact Julia Cooke, Licensed Immigration Adviser at NZIC.Ask Julia for a Free Assessment