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Review list of Essential Skills in Demand, 2017

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Review list of Essential Skills in Demand, 2017

On Friday, 15 December 2017 an annual review of two of the Essential Skills in Demand (ESID) Lists – the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) and the Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL) has been undertaken by The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

The Ministry reviews the ESID lists on a regular basis, to ensure that they meet the changing needs of the labour market, and to domain increasing opportunities for New Zealanders.

If an occupation is on a shortage list, then applications for those positions from qualified and experienced migrants are based on an individual labour market test.

A labour market test means that an employer must validate that no suitable New Zealander is available to fill or be trained for that particular position.

Long Term Skill Shortage List

The LTSSL classifies occupations that have an absolute (sustained and ongoing) shortage of skilled workers both globally and throughout New Zealand.

Migrants who gain employment in one of these occupations may be granted a LTSSL Work to Residence or an Essential Skills work visa. Those migrants who apply for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category may get advantaged bonus points towards their application if they have an offer of employment or work experience in an area of absolute skill shortage identified on the LTSSL.


The products of this recent review of the LTSSL are:


Removal of five occupations namely,

  • Anaesthetist
  • Forest Scientist
  • Pathologist
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Renal Medicine Specialist


Retaining two occupations namely,

  • Chemical Engineer
  • Materials Engineer


Proposals to add four occupations (Hairdresser, Motorcycle Mechanic, Registered Nurse (Mental Health), and Sports Coach or Instructor) to the LTSSL have been dropped.


Immediate Skill Shortage List

The ISSL classifies those occupations that have an immediate shortage of skilled workers either throughout New Zealand or in certain regions in the country. Migrants wishing to work in occupations on the ISSL may be granted work visas under Essential Skills instructions if they meet the specified qualifications and/or experience criteria.


The products of the recent review of the ISSL are:


Adding 12 occupations namely,

  • Accountant (General) (a)
  • Carpenter (b)
  • Carpenter and Joiner (b)
  • Fibrous Plasterer (b)
  • Joiner (b)
  • Midwife (b)
  • Motor Mechanic (General) (b)
  • Panelbeater (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


Removal of five occupations namely,

  • Dental Technician
  • Dentist
  • Medical Laboratory Technician (Phlebotomy and Histology Technicians)
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Poultry Farmer


Retaining five occupations that were included in the review namely,

  • Cardiologist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Metal Casting Trades Worker (Foundry Moulder)
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
  • Resident Medical Officer


Proposals to add Hair or Beauty Salon Manager to the ISSL have been dropped.

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