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Occupation Shortage List

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What is the Occupational Shortages List?

The purpose of this list is to enhance and streamline the processing of work permits and approvals in principle for work visas or permits where there is a known regional labour market skills shortage.
The publication of this list means that a labour market check will not be required for the occupations on the list, however New Zealand Immigration Service will expect applicants to meet all other aspects of relevant work policy.
We may still need to establish that the offer of employment is genuine and sustainable and that the business is able to meet their obligations under NZ Employment law.
This list replaces the previous Labour Market Skills Shortage List. A review of Occupational Shortages will occur bi-annually.

Auckland Region

 

Specific City/Location

Job Type

Standard Required

Category

         
 

 

Aircraft Engineers Qualified GS
 

 

Appliance Service Technicians (Refrigeration & Air-conditioning) Qualified GS
 

 

Arborists Qualified and Experienced (3 year diploma covering chainsaw use, plus two years work experience) GS
 

 

Auto Electricians Qualified GS
 

 

Auto Mechanics (Petrol and Diesel) Qualified GS
 

 

Bakers (in both Confectionery and Breads) Qualified and/or Experienced GS
 

 

Beauty Therapists Experienced (Senior) GS
 

 

Biochemistry Technologists Qualified GS
 

 

Boatbuilders Qualified GS
 

 

Bricklayers Qualified GS
 

 

Cabinet Makers Qualified GS
 

 

Carpenters (Commercial/Residential) Qualified GS
 

 

Chartered Accountants Qualified and Experienced GS
 

 

Chefs Qualified GS
 

 

Chefs (Ethnic) Experienced (minimum 4 years relevant work experience in a business of similar size/operation to New Zealand job offer) GS
 

 

Colour and Design Specialist (Fabric Printing) Skilled GS
 

 

Construction Site Supervisors/Foreman (suitable qualification equivalent to a New Zealand certificate in building) Experienced (15 years in any building trade & National Certificate/Diploma in Civil Engineering/Project Management) GS
 

 

Cutters (Apparel Industry) Experienced GS
 

 

Dental Technicians Qualified GS
 

 

Drainlayers Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS
 

 

Early Childhood Education Supervisors Qualified or Experienced GS
 

 

Early Childhood Teachers Qualified (New Zealand Qualifications Authority equivalent) GS
 

 

Electricians Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS
 

 

Electronic Engineers Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS
 

 

English for Speakers of Other Languages Teachers Qualified GS
 

 

Epidemologists Qualified GS
 

 

Furniture Polishers Experienced GS
 

 

Gasfitters Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS
 

 

Geotechnical Engineers Degree Qualified GS
 

 

Graphic Artists Qualified and Experienced GS
 

 

Hairdressers (Senior Stylists) Qualified and Experienced GS
 

 

Highway Designers Qualified (Member of Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand or similar) GS
 

 

Hydrographic Engineers Experienced (Degree in Science or Engineering) GS
 

 

Hydrographic Technicians Qualified GS
 

 

Information Technology Specialists Qualified GS
 

 

Instrument and Control Technician Qualified GS
 

 

Jewellers Qualified GS
 

 

Marine Cabinetmakers Qualified GS
 

 

Marine Designers Qualified and/or Experienced GS
 

 

Marine Engineers Qualified and/or Experienced GS
 

 

Marine Laminators Qualified and/or Experienced GS
 

 

Medical Laboratory Technicians (including Cytology Technologists/Screeners and Gynaecological Histologists) Qualified GS
 

 

Medical Social Workers Qualified GS
 

 

Microbiology Technologists Qualified GS
 

 

Nurses (includes General, Theatre, Midwives, Accident & Emergency, and Oncology) Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS
 

 

Occupational Therapists Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS
 

 

Offset Printers Qualified GS
 

 

Pathologists (Chemical and Anatomic) Qualified GS
 

 

Pharmacists Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS
 

 

Physiotherapists Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS
 

 

Plastics Engineers Trade Certified GS
 

 

Plastics Plant Engineers Qualified GS
 

 

Plastics Research and Development Qualified GS
 

 

Plastics Technicians Trade Certified GS
 

 

Plumbers Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS
 

 

Print Finishers Trade Certified GS
 

 

Printers (Multicoloured) Trade Certified GS
 

 

Radio Frequency Technicians Trade Certified GS
 

 

Radiologists Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS
 

 

Sailmakers Experienced GS
 

 

Sewing Machine Technicians (Industrial) Qualified GS
 

 

Sewing Machinists Experienced GS
 

 

Speech Therapists Qualified GS
 

 

Structural Designers (Multi Story Buildings) Qualified and Experienced GS
 

 

Tailors Qualified GS
 

South Auckland, Northland and Rural Areas

Teachers (Primary School) Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS
 

 

Teachers (Secondary School) Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS
 

 

Telecom Engineers Qualified GS
 

 

Toolmakers Qualified GS
 

 

Track Riders/Dressage Riders Experienced GS
 

 

Traffic Engineers Qualified (Post Graduate Degree) GS
 

 

Traffic Planners Qualified GS
 

 

University Lecturers and Post-Doctoral Research Fellows Post-Graduate Degree for Lecturers (Masters) GS
 

 

Upholsterers (must be capable of finishing the whole product) Qualified GS
 

 

Veterinarians Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS
 

 

Welders Qualified GS
 

 

Wood Machinists Qualified GS
 

 

Yacht Riggers Experienced GS

Christchurch Region

 

Specific City/Location

Job Type

Standard Required

Category

         
    Aluminium Joiner Experienced GS

 

Christchurch, Nelson/Marlborough, West Coast

Assistant Herd Manager Experienced GS

 

 

Auto Electricians Qualified GS

 

 

Auto Mechanic (Petrol and Diesel including Bus) Qualified GS

 

 

Boatbuilders Qualified GS

 

 

Carpenters Qualified GS

 

 

Chefs Qualified GS

 

 

Chefs (some Ethnic chefs - Korean/Chinese/Japanese/Indian/Thai) Experienced (minimum 4 years relevant work experience in a business of similar size/operation to New Zealand job offer) GS

 

 

Dairy Farmers (Senior Positions Only) Experienced GS

 

 

Dentists Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Doctors Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Electricians Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Electronic Repair Trades People Qualified GS

 

 

Engineers Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

English for Speakers of Other Languages Teachers Qualified GS

 

 

Fitter and Turners Qualified GS

 

 

Hairdressers Qualified GS

 

 

Information Technology Specialists Qualified GS

 

 

Japanese Interpreters Qualified GS

 

 

Japanese Tour Guides Experienced GS

 

 

Jewellery Makers Qualified or Skilled GS

 

 

Motor Body (Bus) Builders Qualified GS

 

 

Nurses Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Occupational Therapists Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

Nelson

Painters and Decorators Qualified GS

 

 

Pharmacists Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Physiotherapists Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

Christchurch, Nelson/Marlborough, West Coast

Pig Farm Managers Experienced GS

 

 

Radiologists Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Social Workers Qualified GS

 

 

Teachers (Primary School - generally rural areas) Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Teachers (Secondary School) Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Telecommunication Technicians Qualified GS

 

 

Tig Welders Qualified GS

 

 

University Lecturers and Post-Doctoral Research Fellows Post-Graduate Degree for Lecturers (Masters) GS

 

 

Veterinarians Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

Dunedin Region

 

 

Specific City/Location

Job Type

Standard Required

Category

         

 

 

Auto Electricians Qualified GS

 

 

Auto Mechanic s(Petrol and Diesel) Qualified GS

 

 

Bulb Horticulturalists Qualified GS

 

 

Butchers Qualified GS

 

 

Cabinet Makers Qualified GS

 

Southland, Central and South Otago

Carpenters and Joiners Qualified GS

 

 

Chefs Qualified GS

 

 

Chefs (Ethnics) Experienced ( minimum 4 years relevant work experience in a business of similar size/operation to New Zealand job offer) GS

 

 

Dairy Farmer/Managers Experienced (minimum of 2 years) GS

 

 

Design Engineers Qualified (with Computer Aided Design) GS

 

 

Doctors Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

Southland, Central and South Otago

Electricians Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Fitters and Turners Qualified GS

 

 

Fitters and Welders Qualified GS

 

 

Gasfitters Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Line Mechanics (working in Electricity Supply Industry) Qualified GS

 

 

Montessori Teachers Qualified GS

 

Southland

Panelbeaters Qualified  

 

Southland and Central Otago

Plumbers Qualified/New Zealand Registration  

 

 

Refrigeration Engineers Qualified GS

 

 

Sheep Scanners Experienced (minimum of 4 years) GS

 

 

Snow Boarding Instructors Qualified SS

 

 

Snow Ski Instructors Qualified SS

 

 

University Lecturers and Post-Doctoral Research Fellows Post-Graduate Degree for Lecturers (Masters) GS

Hamilton Region

 

 

Specific City/Location

Job Type

Standard Required

Category

         

 

 

Aircraft Engineers Qualified GS

 

 

Appliance Service Technicians (Refrigeration and Air-conditioning) Qualified GS

 

 

Auto Electricians Qualified GS

 

 

Auto Mechanics (Petrol and Diesel) Qualified GS

 

 

Boatbuilders Qualified GS

 

 

Bricklayers Qualified GS

 

 

Civil Engineers Qualified GS

 

 

Doctors Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Drainlayers Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Early Childhood Education Supervisors (not Teachers) Qualified or Experienced GS

 

 

Electricians Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Electronic Engineers Qualified GS

 

 

Fitters and Turners Qualified GS

 

 

Gasfitters Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Herd/Farm Managers Experienced GS

 

 

Information Technology Specialists Qualified GS

 

 

Jewellers Qualified GS

 

 

Medical Laboratory Technicians Qualified GS

 

 

Montessori Teachers Qualified GS

 

 

Nurses Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Occupational Therapists Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Offset Printers Qualified GS

 

 

Physiotherapists Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Plumbers Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Sheep Scanners Experienced GS

 

 

Social Workers Qualified GS

 

 

Speech Therapists Qualified GS

 

 

Stallion Masters Experienced GS

 

 

Stud Grooms Experienced GS

 

 

Teachers (Secondary School) Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Telecom Engineers Qualified GS

 

 

Toolmakers Qualified GS

 

 

Track Work Riders Experienced (2 to 3 years) GS

 

 

University Lecturers and Post-Doctoral Research Fellows Post-Graduate Degree for Lecturers (Masters) GS

 

 

Veterinarians Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Welders Qualified GS

 

 

Yacht Riggers Experienced GS

Palmerston North Region

 

 

Specific City/Location

Job Type

Standard Required

Category

         

 

 

Apiarists (Professional) Experienced GS

 

 

Auto Mechanics (Petrol and Diesel) Qualified GS

 

 

Chefs (Ethnic) Experienced (minimum 4 years relevant work experience in a business of similar size/operation to New Zealand job offer) GS

 

 

Doctors Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Electricians Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Fitters and Turners Qualified GS

 

 

Information Technology Specialists Qualified GS

 

 

Nurses Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Pharmacists Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Psychologists Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Refrigeration Mechanics Qualified GS

 

 

Scientists Qualified GS

 

 

Sheep Scanners Experienced GS

 

 

Social Workers Qualified GS

 

 

Specialists (Petroleum Industry) Qualified GS

 

 

Speech Therapists Qualified GS

 

 

Teachers (Secondary Schools) Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

University Lecturers and Post-Doctoral Research Fellows Post-Graduate Degree (Masters) GS

 

 

Veterinarians Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

Wellington Region

 

 

Specific City/Location

Job Type

Standard Required

Category

 

 

Aircraft Engineers Qualified GS

 

 

Appliance Service Technicians (Refrigeration and Air Conditioning) Qualified GS

 

 

Auto Mechanics (Petrol and Diesel) Qualified GS

 

 

Bricklayers Qualified GS

 

 

Chartered Accountants (Senior Positions Only) Qualified and Experienced GS

 

 

Chefs Qualified GS

 

 

Dentists Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Doctors Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Electricians Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Electronic Engineers Qualified GS

 

 

Fitter and Turners Qualified GS

 

 

Furniture Polishers Experienced GS

 

 

Gasfitters Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Herd/Farm Managers Experienced GS

 

 

Horse Trainers Experienced GS

 

 

Information Technology Specialists Qualified GS

 

 

Jewellers Qualified GS

 

 

Medical Laboratory Technicians Qualified GS

 

 

Nurses Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Occupational Therapists Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Offset Printers Qualified GS

 

 

Pharmacists Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Physiotherapists Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Plumbers Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Radiologists Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Senior Travel Consultants Industry Experience GS

 

 

Sewing Machine Technicians (Industrial) Qualified GS

 

 

Social Workers Qualified GS

 

 

Tailors Qualified GS

 

 

Telecommunications Technicians Qualified GS

 

 

Upholsterers (must be capable of finishing the whole product) Qualified GS

 

 

Veterinarians Qualified/New Zealand Registration GS

 

 

Vineyard Workers (Viticulturist/Specialist positions - not pickers) Experienced GS

 

 

Welders Qualified GS


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