The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has completed its 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).
The LTSSL identifies 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. Migrants applying for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category may gain 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 outcomes of the review of the LTSSL are to:
Remove five occupations
Renal Medicine Specialist
Retain two occupations that were included in the review
Immediate Skill Shortage List
The ISSL identifies occupations that have an immediate shortage of skilled workers either throughout New Zealand or in certain regions. 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 requirements.
The outcomes of the review of the ISSL are to:
Add 12 occupations
Accountant (General) (a)
Carpenter and Joiner (b)
Fibrous Plasterer (b)
Motor Mechanic (General) (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
Remove five occupations
Medical Laboratory Technician (Phlebotomy and Histology Technicians)
Retain five occupations that were included in the review
Metal Casting Trades Worker (Foundry Moulder)
Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
Resident Medical Officer
This applies directly to the Skilled Migrant Category, and if your occupation has been removed it does not necessarily mean that migrants cannot come to New Zealand. Other immigration options are available for employers and prospective migrants, such as the Essential Skills Work Visa.
If you have any questions on the above, please get in touch with Borey Chum Borey.email@example.com or Rachael Howes firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively ring the UK office on +44 (0) 148 355 0920