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New Zealand Immediate Skill Shortage List

New Zealand welcomes Skilled Workers to meet the labour shortages in the country. New Zealand Immediate Skill Shortage List has those occupations listed which are currently and highly in demand in the country and the employers in New Zealand are unable to recruit their own citizens living in the country.

It can be a great opportunity through this process screening to gain Residency of the country like New Zealand.

There are 3 skill shortage lists under the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, New Zealand namely,

  • The Long Term Skill Shortage List
  • The Immediate Skill Shortage List
  • The Canterbury Skill Shortage List
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The immediate skill shortage list goes under the radar and reviews itself once in a year.

This is the revised Immediate Skill Shortage List, effective from 27 February 2017:

Occupational Group Occupation and ANZSCO number Required standard for work visa applicants with an offer of employment

Qualifications must be comparable to the standard of the New Zealand qualification listed.
Also see Note 1 at the end of this list

Regions
Agriculture and Forestry Apiarist (121311 A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 4) AND a minimum of two years’ relevant postqualification work experience in a commercial environment OR a minimum of five years' work experience as an apiarist in a commercial environment All regions
Agriculture and Forestry Arborist (362212) A A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the Arboriculture strand of the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) AND a minimum of two years’ relevant postqualification work experience All regions
Agriculture and Forestry Beef Cattle Farmer(Farm Manager) (121312), Dairy Cattle Farmer (Farm Manager) (121313) One of the following qualifications: - A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the Dairy Farming or Livestock Farming strands of the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4) - A diploma at NZQF Level 5, or a higher qualification, in the focus areas of Farm Management, Agriculture or Dairy Technology AND a minimum of three years’ relevant work experience All regions
Agriculture and Forestry Dairy Cattle Farmer (Assistant Farm Manager)(121313) One of the following qualifications:- A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the Dairy Farming or Livestock Farming strands of the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4) - A diploma at NZQF Level 5, or a higher qualification, in the focus areas of Farm Management, Agriculture or Dairy Technology AND a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience All regions
Agriculture and Forestry Poultry Farmer (121321) One of the following qualifications: - A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Poultry Management (Level 4) - A diploma at NZQF Level 5, or a higher qualification, in the focus areas of Farm Management or Agriculture AND a minimum of three years' work experience in a management role on chicken farms OR a minimum of five years' work experience in a management role on chicken farms Auckland/Upper North Island, Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Central North Island, Canterbury/ Upper South Island
Agriculture and Forestry Market Gardener (Crop Production/Agronomist Manager)(121221) One of the following qualifications: - A bachelor's degree at NZQF Level 7, or a higher qualification, with the minimum equivalent of 360 credits, which includes the requirements of a New Zealand major in the focus area of Agriculture or Horticulture - A certificate or diploma at NZQF Level 5, or a higher qualification, in the focus areas of Crop Production or Horticulture - A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of one of the strands of Fruit Production, Indoor Production, Nursery Production, or Outdoor Vegetable Production, in the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Level 4) AND a minimum of three years’ relevant postqualification work experience All regions
Agriculture and Forestry Pig Farmer (Farm Manager or Assistant Farm Manager)(121318) One of the following qualifications:- A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Pork Production (Advanced Husbandry) (NZQF Level 4), or the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Pork Production (Section Management) (NZQF Level 4) - A diploma at NZQF Level 5, or a higher qualification, in the focus area of Farm Management AND a minimum of two years’ relevant on-farm work experience All regions
Agriculture and Forestry Winemaker (Viticulturist/Specialist positions – not pickers)(234213) One of the following qualifications: - A bachelor's degree at NZQF Level 7, or a higher qualification with the minimum equivalent of 360 credits, which includes the requirements of a New Zealand major in the focus areas of Viticulture, Oenology, Wine Science or wine making - A Graduate Diploma at NZQF Level 7, or a higher qualification which includes the knowledge requirements of a New Zealand Graduate Diploma in the focus areas of Viticulture, Oenology, Wine Science or wine making OR a minimum of five years' relevant work experience Canterbury/ Upper South Island, Otago/Southland
Construction Building Inspector/Building Surveyor (312113) One of the following qualifications:- A bachelor's degree at NZQF Level 7, or a higher qualification with the minimum equivalent of 360 credits, which includes the requirements of a New Zealand major in quantity surveying or construction economics - A Graduate Diploma at NZQF Level 7, or a higher qualification, which includes the knowledge requirements of a New Zealand Graduate Diploma in the focus areas of construction, construction management, or construction project management - A diploma at NZQF Level 6, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of a New Zealand Diploma (Level 6) in the focus areas of building surveying, architectural technology, construction management, or quantity surveying AND a minimum of two years’ relevant postqualification work experience All regions
Construction Construction Project Manager (Foreman) (Roading and Infrastructure)(133111) A minimum of five years’ experience in building or maintaining roads AND staff management experience AND appropriate driver licence All regions
Construction Surveying or Spatial Science Technician (Building Information Modelling Professional)(312116) A bachelor's degree at NZQF Level 7, or a higher qualification with the minimum equivalent of 360 credits, which includes the requirements of a New Zealand major in the focus areas of architecture, construction management or engineering AND a minimum of five years' work experience in the construction industry including at least two years in Building Information Modelling related positions All regions
Construction Surveying Technician (Spatial Science Technician/ Hydrographic Technician) (312116) One of the following:- A New Zealand Bachelor of Surveying (NZQF Level 7)- A New Zealand Bachelor of Surveying with Honours (NZQF Level 8) - A diploma at NZQF Level 6, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Diploma in Surveying (Level 6) - Professional Associate Membership of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors Auckland/Upper North Island
Construction Surveying Technician (Spatial Science Technician/ Land Surveyor's Technician) (312116) One of the following: A New Zealand Bachelor of Surveying (NZQF Level 7) - A New Zealand Bachelor of Surveying with Honours (NZQF Level 8) - A diploma at NZQF Level 6, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Diploma in Surveying (Level 6) - Professional Associate Membership of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors AND a minimum of two years’ relevant post– qualification work experience All regions
Education Post-Doctoral Fellow (classified under 242111 University Lecturer) Doctor of Philosophy or a Doctoral degree at NZQF Level 10 with evidence of a thesis All regions
Education University Lecturer(242111) A master degree at NZQF Level 9, or a higher qualification, with a minimum equivalent of 240 credits, which includes substantive research, dissertation or a thesis All regions
Engineering Civil Engineering Draughtsperson (312211) A diploma at NZQF Level 6, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil) (Level 6) All regions
Engineering Electrical Engineering Draughtsperson (312311) A diploma at NZQF Level 6, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical) (Level 6) All regions
Engineering Mechanical Engineering Draughtsperson (312511) A diploma at NZQF Level 6, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical) (Level 6) All regions
Engineering Mechanical Engineering Technician (312512) One of the following: - Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (Mechanical Engineering) (NZQF Level 8) - Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Mechanical Engineering) (NZQF Level 7) - A Washington Accord or Sydney Accord accredited undergraduate (initial) engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering (listed - see Note 3) - A qualification at NZQF Level 7 or higher, with a letter from IPENZ certifying that the degree and any further learning meet the benchmark requirements towards Chartered Professional Engineer professional status in New Zealand - NZ registration in the field of Mechanical Engineering as a Chartered Professional Engineer or as an Engineering Technologist by the Institution of Professional Engineers New ZealandANDa minimum of three years’ relevant post–qualification work experience Canterbury/Upper South Island, Otago/Southland
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Occupational Group Occupation and ANZSCO number Required standard for work visa applicants with an offer of employment

Qualifications must be comparable to the standard of the New Zealand qualification listed.
Also see Note 1 at the end of this list

Regions
Health and Social Services Anaesthetic Technician(311211) NZ registration in the Anaesthetic Technician scope of practice with the Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand AND a minimum of two years' post-qualification work experience in anaesthesia All regions
Health and Social Services Dental Technician(411213) NZ registration as a Dental Technician with the Dental Council of New Zealand All regions
Health and Social Services Dentist (252312) NZ registration as a Dentist or Dental Specialist with the Dental Council of New Zealand Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Central North Island, Wellington, Canterbury/ Upper South Island, Otago/Southland
Health and Social Services Medical Laboratory Technician (Phlebotomy and Histology Technicians) (311213) NZ registration in the Medical Laboratory Technician scope of practice with the Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand AND a minimum of 12 months' relevant post– qualification work experience in a medical laboratory or a blood donor centre All regions
Health and Social Services Registered Nurse Aged Care (254412) NZ registration in the scope of practice as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing Council of New Zealand AND a minimum of three years’ work experience in adult hospital care All regions
Health and Social Services Resident Medical Officer (excluding First and Second Year Resident Medical Officers) (253112), Specialist Physician (General Medicine) (253311), Cardiologist (253312), Paediatrician (253321), Specialist Physicians nec (253399), Emergency Medicine Specialist (253912), Ophthalmologist (253914), Medical Practitioners nec (253999) NZ registration within a relevant provisional vocational or vocational scope of specialist practice with the Medical Council of New Zealand All regions
Health and Social Services Medical Technicians nec (Dialysis Technician) (311299) NZ registration as a Clinical Physiologist (Dialysis) with the Clinical Physiologist Registration Board AND a minimum of two years’ relevant post– qualification work experience All regions
Health and Social Services Pharmacy Technician (311215) A certificate at NZQF Level 5, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy (Pharmacy Technician ) (Level 5) Auckland/Upper North Island, Wellington
ICT, Electronics and Telecommunications Cabler (Data and Telecommunications) (342411) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of one of the following strands of the New Zealand Certificate in Telecommunications (Level 4): Access Network Technologies, Building and Data Cabling, Customer Access Network, Customer Premises Equipment or Telecommunications All regions
ICT, Electronics and Telecommunications Telecommunications Cable Jointer(342412) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of one of the following strands of the New Zealand Certificate in Telecommunications (Level 4): Access Network Technologies, Building and Data Cabling, Customer Access Network, Customer Premises Equipment or Telecommunications All regions
ICT, Electronics and Telecommunications Telecommunications Technician (342414) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of one of the following strands of the New Zealand Certificate in Telecommunications (Level 4): Access Network Technologies, Core Network Technologies, Radio, Radio/Wireless Technologies, Signals and Communications, or Telecommunications All regions
Recreation, Hospitality and Tourism Horse Trainer (Stallion Master)(361112) A minimum of four years’ relevant workexperience Waikato/Bay of Plenty
Recreation, Hospitality and Tourism Horse Trainer (Stud Groom) (361112) A minimum of three years’ relevant work experience, including at least one year’s experience as a stud groom and one year’s yearling preparation experience Waikato/Bay of Plenty
Recreation, Hospitality and Tourism Jockey (452413) Completed an Apprenticeship under the Rules of Racing in their country of origin AND clearance from that authority Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Central North Island, Canterbury/ Upper South Island, Otago/Southland
Recreation, Hospitality and Tourism Jockey (Trackwork Rider) (452413) Completed an Apprenticeship under the Rules of Racing in their country of origin OR a minimum of three years’ relevant work experience All regions
Recreation, Hospitality and Tourism Outdoor Adventure Guide (Skydive Tandem Master) (452299) Tandem Master Rating AND a minimum of 1000 jumps Auckland/Upper North Island, Central North Island, Canterbury/ Upper South Island, Otago/Southland
Recreation, Hospitality and Tourism Snowsport Instructor(452314) One of the following qualifications:- A certificate at NZQF Level 5, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Advanced Snowschool Instruction (Applied) (Level 5) - PSIA (USA) - CSIA (Canada) Level 1 - NZSIA (Stage I) - equivalent internationally recognised qualification AND a minimum of two years’ relevant postqualification work experience Central North Island, Canterbury/ Upper South Island, Otago/Southland
Recreation, Hospitality and Tourism Snowsport Instructor (including Technicians) (452314) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Snowsport Equipment (Level 4) AND a minimum of two years’ relevant postqualification work experience in a ski/snowboard repair workshop All regions
Trades Baker (351111) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Generalist) or the New Zealand Certificate in Trade Baking (Plant or Craft) (Level 4) AND a minimum of two years’ relevant post– qualification work experience All regions
Trades Bricklayer (331111) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the Brick and Block Laying strand of the New Zealand Certificate in Trowel Trades (Level 4) AND Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) licence to do Restricted Building Work (RBW) within the scope of the Bricklaying and Blocklaying Licence Class, EXCEPT IF the work will be done under the supervision of an appropriately LBP who is licensed to supervise RBW done within the scope of a Bricklaying and Blocklaying Licence Class OR the duties of the Bricklayer will not include RBW Auckland/ Upper North Island
Trades Composite Technician (399999) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Composites (Level 4) All regions
Trades Electronic Equipment Trades Worker (342313) NZ registration as an Electrical Service Technician or Electrical Appliance Serviceperson with the Electrical Workers Registration Board All regions
Trades Floor Finisher(332111) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of one strand in the National Certificate in Flooring (Level 4) Auckland/ Upper North Island, Waikato/ Bay of Plenty
Trades Glazier (333111) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of one strand in the New Zealand Certificate in Glazing (Level 4) AND a minimum of two years' relevant postqualification work experience AND Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) licence to do relevant Restricted Building Work (RBW), EXCEPT IF the work will be done under the supervision of an appropriately LBP who is licensed to supervise relevant RBW, OR the duties of the Glazier will not include RBW Auckland/ Upper North Island, Canterbury/ Upper South Island
Trades Metal Casting Trades Worker (Foundry Moulder) (322114) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the metal forming strand in the New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Trade) (Level 4)AND a minimum of three years’ relevant post–qualification work experience All regions
Trades Metal Fabricator(322311) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of one strand in the New Zealand Certificate in Engineering Fabrication (Trade) (Level 4) AND a minimum of three years' relevant postqualification work experience All regions
Trades Metal Fabricator(322311) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of one strand in the New Zealand Certificate in Engineering Fabrication (Trade) (Level 4) AND a minimum of three years' relevant postqualification work experience All regions
Trades Metal Machinist (First Class) (CNC Machinist) (323214) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the Fitting and Machining or the Machining strands in the New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Trade) (Level 4) AND a minimum of three years’ relevant post– qualification work experience All regions
Trades Motor Mechanic (General) (Automotive Air Conditioning Technician) (321211) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the Automotive Heating, Ventilation or Air Conditioning strands in the National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Specialist Engineering) (Level 4) or the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Diesel Fuel Technology (Level 4) AND a minimum of three years’ relevant post– qualification work experience All regions
Trades Plastics Technician(399916) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Plastics Engineering (Level 4) AND a minimum of three years’ relevant post–qualification work experience All regions
Trades Plastics Technician (Plastics Engineer)(399916) A certificate at NZQF Level 5, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Plastics Engineering (Level 5) AND a minimum of three years’ relevant post–qualification work experience All regions
Trades Scaffolder(821712) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Scaffolding (Level 4) AND a minimum of two years' relevant postqualification work experience All regions
Trades Sheetmetal Trades Worker (322211) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of one of the strands of the New Zealand Certificate in Engineering Fabrication (Trade) (Level 4) AND a minimum of three years' relevant postqualification work experience All regions
Trades Stonemason(331112) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of one of the strands of the New Zealand Certificate in Stonemasonry(Level 4) Auckland/ Upper North Island


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