- If you are a professional (usually degree or equivalent) then the LTSSL is a path to residency and for candidates, you will need an offer of employment, experience and recognised qualifications. View all LTSSLoccupations Long Term Skill Shortage List (pdf).
- Employers are looking for quality candidates in all areas, from Planning, Design, Project management and delivery in Construction, Civil works, Engineering and IT. Getting hired is the challenge, so be well prepared with project examples and referees.
- We can review your CV and occupation to make sure you are getting recognition for all your experience in areas of skills shortages.
- Email your CV directly to us for a review.
Trades / Technical RegistrationOctober '17 update
- The new Government has plans to reduce the number of migrants to New Zealand. Students, and some skilled worker categories will be affected. For all skilled workers expect a tightening of the evidence or proof of skills and demand.
- There will continue be jobs for essential skill workers, especially in regional areas and for manufacturing, and supporting exports.
- There are still roles for good quality aluminum welders, and fabricators, and for structural steel fabricator-welders. However you need to show a better range of skills in understanding drawings, marking correctly and be able to weld in a range of positions, and pass a visual inspection welding test 1st-time.
Essential Skills / Trades updateAugust '17
- As advised in April, from 28th August your pay levels will now to be used to determine if you can bring your wife or partner, or stay longer than 3 years in New Zealand.
- Fabricator-Welders, and other ANZSCO level 3 occupations who earn above $19/hour ($41,538 per year) will be classed as mid-skilled.
- Scaffolders, Painters, and other ANZSCO level 4 occupations will be classed as lower-skilled. This means you can stay in NZ a maximum of 3 years, and you cannot bring your family to stay (only as short-term visitors, up to 9 months).
- You can still transition from lower-skilled to a higher skilled Essential Skills visa or obtain residence, but only if your skills are in demand, your English is good, and you can find employer that will pay this. In other words you are comparable to a skilled New Zealander, and the employer cannot find any skilled New Zealanders to fill the role.
- Candidates from Singapore have a great set of deep specialist skills, BUT you will need to broaden your skills to make you more valuable to NZ employers and earn that pay rise.You can earn more when you have more NZ experience and show ability and the wide range of skills a typical NZ employee already has.
- Once you are in NZ you can continue to work at your English and skills, but to secure the job first, you need to have good spoken English and have the specific skills in demand.
- Regardless of your pay, the English Language threshold applies, before you qualify for Residency. This was amended October 2016, and our recommendation is to continue to improve your spoken and listening skills to secure your job.
- Singaporean and Malaysian candidates will be able to achieve the English benchmarks very easily, and can be confident of a path to residency with the right skills.
- Reminder: You do not need IELTS to get a Work visa to NZ. You do need good spoken English.
- Reminder: You do NOT need NZQA assessments if you are in construction and applying for a Work visa to NZ. Paying for a NZQA assessment is a waste of your money – to get an essential skills job. Employers in NZ for work visas simply do not need them.
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