New Zealand skilled occupation list

New Zealand welcomes foreign skilled workers who can meet the labour shortage list of the country. The New Zealand Skill Shortage list mentions those occupations that are in urgent need to get filled up by the overseas skilled workers. If you are offered a job that is listed on the list and have got the qualifications and experience to match, then be ready to apply for a New Zealand Permanent Resident Visa. The skill shortages are hard to fill locally in New Zealand and thus, hiring workers from overseas is the best solution for the New Zealand government to fill these labour gaps.


There are three different lists that record skilled shortages in New Zealand and each of these lists experience a shortage of skilled workers in New Zealand.


The Long-Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) identifies occupations there is a sustained and on-going shortage of highly skilled workers all over the New Zealand.

S.N. Occupational Group Occupations are listed by ANZSCO Code
1 Construction Construction Project > Manager-133111
2 Construction Project Builder > (including Building Project Manager and Site Foreman)- 133112
3 Construction Quantity Surveyor- 233213
4 Construction Surveyor - 232212
5 Engineering Chemical Engineer (233111), Materials Engineer (233112), Civil Engineer (233211), Geotechnical Engineer (233212), Structural Engineer (233214), Electrical Engineer (233311), Electronics Engineer (233411), Industrial Engineer (233511), Mechanical Engineer (233512), Production or Plant Engineer (233513), Environmental Engineer (233915), Engineering Professionals nec (233999)
6 Engineering Civil Engineering Technician 312212
7 Engineering Electrical Engineering Technician- 312312
8 Engineering Electronic Engineering Technician (312412)
9 Engineering Telecommunications Engineer (263311), Telecommunications Network Engineer (263312)
10 Finance / Business Procurement Manager (133612)
11 Health and Social Services Clinical Psychologist- 272311
12 Health and Social Services Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist (253917)
13 Health and Social Services General Practitioner (253111)
14 Health and Social Services Medical Radiation Therapist (251212)
15 Health and Social Services Medical Laboratory Scientist – including Cytotechnologist (Cytoscientist) (234611)
16 Health and Social Services Obstetrician and Gynaecologist (253913)
17 Health and Social Services Physicist (Medical) (234914)
18 Health and Social Services Physiotherapist (252511)
19 Health and Social Services Psychiatrist (253411)
20 Health and Social Services Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
21 Health and Social Services Sonographer- 251214
22 Health and Social Services Specialist Physician in Palliative Medicine-253399
23 Health and Social Services Surgeon (General)- 253511
24 Health and Social Services Veterinarian-234711
25 ICT, Electronics and Telecommunications Multimedia Specialist (Film Animator) -261211
26 ICT, Electronics and Telecommunications ICT Project Manager (135112), Organisation and Methods Analyst (224712), ICT Business Analyst (261111), Systems Analyst (261112), Multimedia Specialist (261211), Web Developer (261212), Analyst Programmer (261311), Developer Programmer (261312), Software Engineer (261313), Software Tester (261314), Software and Applications Programmers nec (261399), Database Administrator (262111), ICT Security Specialist (262112), Systems Administrator (262113), Computer Network and Systems Engineer (263111), Network Administrator (263112), ICT Quality Assurance Engineer (263211), ICT Support Engineer (263212), ICT Systems Test Engineer (263213), ICT Support and Test Engineers nec (263299), Telecommunications Engineer (263311), Telecommunications Network Engineer (263312), ICT Customer Support Officer (313112)
27 Recreation, Hospitality and Tourism Chef (Chef de Partie or higher) -351311
28 Science Other Spatial Scientist (232214)
29 Science Environmental Research Scientist -234313
30 Science Food Technologist- 234212
31 Trades Automotive Electrician (321111)
32 Trades Diesel Motor Mechanic (including Heavy Vehicle Inspector)- 321212
33 Trades Trades Electrician (General)- 341111
34 Trades Electric Line Mechanic -342211


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The Regional Skill Shortage List (RSSL) includes those occupations that are highly shortage in particular regions of New Zealand and indicates that there are no New Zealand citizens or residents available to take up the position. This enables faster processing of the application.

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The Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List (CISSL) contains occupations in critical shortage in the Construction industry across New Zealand.

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