NZ Funds’ UK Pension Transfer Tips

 
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NZ Funds offers a free comprehensive UK pension transfer service that helps clients every step of the way until their pension is re-located to New Zealand.

NZ Funds began offering a transfer service in 2017 when our Qualified Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme was registered with Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs. Since then we have transferred over
$30 million of UK pensions.

Below are our top tips for those considering whether to transfer their pension from the UK to New Zealand.

Can my pension be transferred?

Generally, most pensions are transferable, irrespective of the amount. However, there are a few exceptions to this. If you do not fall into one of the following categories your pension should be transferable!

The UK State Pension, which is the equivalent of New Zealand’s NZ Super – paid for by the Governments of both countries – is not available for transfer. However, if you have relocated to New Zealand you may be eligible to receive NZ Super payments. Some rules and exceptions apply.

Public sector pensions, which are funded by the UK Government and are commonly referred to as unfunded public sector pensions, are currently not transferable. These include organisation such as NHS, Police, Firefighters, Armed Forces, Teachers and other Civil Services.

Annuities, which are currently in payment, are also not transferable. Defined Benefit schemes (explained below) have many of the same characteristics as an annuity but are transferable unless they are already in pay out, or in some cases where they are within a year of the policy’s retirement date.

What kind of pension do you have?

All pensions are not created equal. There are in fact two types of pensions: defined benefit and defined contribution. So long as you don’t fall into one of the categories above, both are transferable to New Zealand.

Defined Contribution Schemes (which are also known as Money Purchase Schemes) are similar to New Zealand’s KiwiSaver Schemes. Members, often helped by their employers, save a percentage of their income each year in preparation for retirement. How much is available to spend in retirement (or transfer) depends on how much you have saved and how well the investment portfolio has performed.

Defined Benefit Schemes (which are also known as Final Salary Schemes) are Schemes where the pension is not defined by the member’s contributions, and often there are no member contributions at all. These offer an annual pension amount from the Normal Retirement Date until death. In general, these types of schemes, which effectively offer a fixed income in retirement guaranteed by the company you worked, for are becoming rarer and rarer. The good news is they can be transferred as well, however there are two downsides to consider when transferring them.

First, most members will need to obtain financial advice in the United Kingdom before their pension provider will agree to transfer this type of pension. NZ Funds can help co-ordinate this specialist advice for you, but there is usually an additional charge by the UK-based adviser for this service and this is not covered by
NZ Funds. Second, when Defined Benefit Schemes are transferred, members lose their annual guaranteed income and instead receive a single lump sum amount, based on the value of the scheme at the time of transfer.

When is the best time to transfer?

To start with, pensions should not be transferred to New Zealand until the member has become a New Zealand tax resident and intends to remain in New Zealand permanently.  If the member is not a New Zealand tax resident or ceases to a be New Zealand tax resident within five full UK tax years of the transfer, their pension may be subject to a 25% overseas tax charge.

Once you become a New Zealand tax resident New Zealand’s Inland Revenue Department gives you a four-year window to transfer any overseas pension funds to New Zealand tax free. After that taxes usually apply.

While this sounds like a long time, you should factor in plenty of time to work with your chosen transfer organisation, and bear in mind that once the paperwork has been completed, transfers themselves can take up to six months, or in some cases even longer!

But what about the exchange rate!

Concerns around the exchange rate should not stop you considering a UK Pension transfer. Many approved Qualified Recognised Oversees Pensions Schemes (or QROPS, which are schemes approved by HMRC to accept UK Pension transfers) offer a Sterling Strategy within their schemes. This allows you to transfer your pension to New Zealand but keep it either in Sterling or exposed to Sterling until you are comfortable with the New Zealand dollar, Great British Pound exchange rate.


If you would like NZ Funds to review your situation please do not hesitate to contact Ellie Jarvis:

 T. 09 918 9784

M. 022 061 1033

E. ellie.jarvis@nzfunds.co.nz

Ellie’s advice is of a general nature, and she is not responsible for any loss that any reader may suffer from following it. A copy of Ellie’s disclosure statement is available on request, free of charge.

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Avoid the risks and use a Licensed Immigration Adviser

Recently an Auckland-based business man was charged with 13 offences by the Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA) for knowingly providing immigration advice without being licensed or exempt. The alleged offending included advising clients to mislead New Zealand authorities.

This case offers an important reminder for people looking to immigrate to New Zealand to always use a licensed immigration adviser. Licensed immigration advisers are required to be competent in their practice in immigration advice and are required to a follow a professional code of conduct relating to the advice they supply.

Unlawful immigration advice can cause significant stress and problems for visa applicants, not to mention putting you out of pocket or putting your dreams of moving to New Zealand in serious jeopardy.

Migration Associates now employ five licensed immigration advisers who are all registered with IAA. Our team are well-versed in New Zealand immigration laws and specialise in helping those who wish to live and work in New Zealand with their visa applications.

Start your New Zealand visa application today with our free initial visa evaluation.

Employment to grow by 39,400 workers per annum to 2028

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment have recently released the Medium to Long Term Employment Outlook: Looking ahead to 2028 report.

The key points from the report are:

  • Employment is projected to grow by 1.4 per cent annually, adding about 39,400 more workers on average per year to the workforce in the 10 years to 2028.

  • Employment growth will be strongest for highly-skilled occupations (1.9 per cent or 22, 800 annually), and weakest for elementary occupations (1.0 per cent or 4,100 annually) over the forecast period.

  • The Retail trade, Accommodation & Food services, Business services and Construction together are projected to add around 17,500 more workers per year to employment growth in the ten years to 2028.

  • Population growth and associated growth in domestic spending; an expanding Business services sector; and growth in exports are factors driving employment growth over the medium to long term.

  • MBIE has assessed two possible scenarios that may impact the projections.
    The first is the potential disruption to New Zealand exports over the next five years, arising from escalating trade tensions between our key trading partners. The second considers the potential impact of automation on employment across industries over the next 10 years.

Read the full report here.

Are you planning to travel to New Zealand? New requirements may affect you and your family

New Zealand is introducing a new travel requirement that will affect many international travellers coming to New Zealand. From 1 October 2019, most visitors to New Zealand will need to request an NZETA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) to enter the country. The NZETA will enable travellers from 60 visa-waiver countries to stay in NZ for up to three months, or up to 6 months for United Kingdom citizens. The NZETA must be applied for and issued before people travel to New Zealand.

Who must hold an NZETA before travelling to New Zealand? 

  • People visiting or in transit from a visa-waiver country — that is, a country whose passport holders do not need to get a visa before they arrive in New Zealand. This will include United Kingdom citizens.

  • People travelling on a passport from a transit visa-waiver country, and who will be in transit through Auckland International Airport’s transit lounge on the way to another country.

  • Permanent residents of Australia.

  • Cruise ship passengers from all countries will need to apply for an NZeTA.

How long will my NZETA be valid for?

The NZeTA is valid for multiple entries to New Zealand for two years

When do I need to apply for the NZETA?

It will take up to 72 hours for your application to assessed, so anyone coming to New Zealand should request their NZETA in plenty of time.

How much will the NZETA costs?

Application can be made online via an official app or on the Immigration New Zealand website. There is a small fee. 

  • $9 for requests made through the NZeTA app

  • $12 for requests made through the Immigration NZ website.

When a person requests an NZeTA, there will be an additional and automatic charge for an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL).

Therefore the total payment will be:

  • $44 for requests made through the NZeTA app

  • $47 for requests made through the Immigration NZ website.

 What are these additional fees for?

The number of visitors to New Zealand has grown strongly over the past few years, and growth is expected to continue. Tourism is an extremely important part of the New Zealand economy.

 Immigration New Zealand states that the NZETA has been introduced to achieve the following purposes:

  •  enhance security and reduce immigration risks

  • address smuggling and biosecurity risks

  • improve the traveller experience

  • support New Zealand’s international relationships and agreements; and

  • adapt to the changing needs and requirements of the government, stakeholders and travellers over time.

The Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) will raise up to NZ$450 million across the first five years to be used to expand NZ's tourism infrastructure. The funds will also be used to improve the protection of the country's natural environment.

If you have any question regarding the NZETA or would like more information about applying for visas to live and work in New Zealand, please get in touch:

UK Office: +44 (0) 148 355 0920

NZ Office: +64 03 355 1495

Email: info@migrationassociates.co.uk

Two Migration Associates advisers get updates to their IAA Licenses

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Two advisers in the New Zealand branch of Migration Associates have had updates to their Immigration Adviser Authority Licenses recently.

Vivian Booth has now obtained her provisional license, and can now practice under the supervision of Christine Yap. Vivian has a Master of Arts in Psychology and has recently completed the Graduate Diploma in New Zealand Immigration Advice. She joined the Migration Associates Christchurch office in 2018.

Prior to joining Migration Associates, Vivian has a background in the public sector and various non-profit organisations. She is involved in various community organisations and is very passionate about settlement support for new migrants.

Her adviser number is 201900568.

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This week has also seen Michael Cooke have his provisional license upgraded to a full license, so that he is now a fully licensed Immigration Adviser. Michael has a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Japanese and recently completed the Graduate Diploma in New Zealand Immigration Advice to a very high standard. He joined the Migration Associates Christchurch office in December 2016, working alongside two very experienced Immigration Advisors, Borey and Christine.  

Prior to joining Migration Associates, Michael has obtained recent immigration related experience, with a well-known immigration consultancy in Christchurch. Michael has travelled and worked overseas and is able to speak conversational Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. Michael’s world experience allows him to work with a variety of clients from different backgrounds and enables him to provide a very personalised and professional service. Michael has a great understanding of the challenges some migrants have in settling into a new county and is more than willing to assist each client to ensure their immigration application is successful.

Michael’s IAA number is 201700319.

Congratulations to them both.

If you need to speak to anyone in the New Zealand office the contact details are:

Migration Associates (NZ) Ltd.

455/1 Papanui Road

Christchurch 8052,

New Zealand

Tel: +64 03 355 1495 

UK Pension Transfer Service Insight - by NZ Funds

 
 

NZ Funds’ new UK Pension Transfer Service aims to become market leader


A market in need of a fresh approach

For many years, the United Kingdom pension transfer market has been a murky backwater, with little transparency or regulatory oversight. Transfers to a number of prominent incumbent providers can involve fees of up to 5% of the value of an immigrant’s entire accumulated pension. Digging still deeper, many incumbent providers also include a markup on currency transfer rates (with the difference being kept by the provider), and charge additional fees when clients wish to withdraw their money or transfer to a new scheme. Add to that the fact that many existing schemes are old with high ongoing fees and difficult transfer rules, and you have an industry ripe for a shake up.


Don’t be fooled by the ‘free assessment’

Many incumbent providers lure clients in with offers of a ‘free assessment’. A free assessment offers little or nothing of value but is often mistaken as an offer of free advice, or better still, free transfer, which it is not. Another claim is a transfer success rate of 99% or 100% - not surprising really, when the free assessment will easily identify those UK pensions that cannot be transferred. There is no grey zone. The skills of the transferee cannot influence the outcome, as is the case when receiving immigration advice for example.

Clients who are unaware of these nuances continue to be lured into United Kingdom pension transfers at extremely high prices.

NZ Funds business model: Free transfer & competitive management fees

NZ Funds is a privately owned wealth management firm, founded to run Lion Nathan’s pension scheme in 1988. It has a 30-year track record of managing New Zealanders’ wealth in various forms including superannuation, KiwiSaver and managed funds for retirement.

NZ Funds entered the UK Pension transfer market with a simple proposition. Using its in-house management team and nationwide network of offices, NZ Funds offers a free UK Pension transfer service, subject to the type of pension being transferred. Defined contribution pensions can be transferred for free, while the more complicated defined benefit pensions may incur UK advice costs due to UK regulation.

 Clients have a choice of keeping all or part of their investment exposed to pounds sterling, and all clients receive wholesale exchange rates with no markup going to NZ Funds. NZ Funds does not charge exit fees on any of its funds, so if clients wish to move to another scheme they are free to do so, so long as they transfer to another registered superannuation scheme approved to take UK pension money.

NZ Funds overwhelmed by demand for its new service

Since entering the market NZ Funds’ QROPS-registered Managed Superannuation Service has snowballed in size to over $30 million. Ellie Jarvis, who joined NZ Funds from EY in 2018 as a UK immigrant and expert in United Kingdom high net worth tax, heads NZ Funds UK Pension transfer team. The team receives, on average, one or two new transfer enquiries a day with transfer values ranging between $5,000 and close to $5 million and have a further transfer pipeline of over $20 million work in progress.

They regularly receive referrals from accountants, lawyers and tax specialists throughout New Zealand, helping them to transfer their clients’ pensions within the four-year tax-free window New Zealand’s Inland Revenue Department offers new immigrants..


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If you would like NZ Funds to review your situation please do not hesitate to contact Ellie Jarvis:

 T. 09 918 9784

M. 022 061 1033

E. ellie.jarvis@nzfunds.co.nz

Ellie’s advice is of a general nature, and she is not responsible for any loss that any reader may suffer from following it. A copy of Ellie’s disclosure statement is available on request, free of charge.


New Zealand Funds Management Limited

Level 16, 21 Queen Street

Private Bag 92163, Auckland 1142

New Zealand

T. 09 377 2277

E. info@nzfunds.co.nz

W. www.nzfunds.co.nz

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For a PDF download of this report, please click here.

Immigration New Zealand’s Special Visa Category for Victims of the Christchurch Terror Attacks

INZ has established a special visa category in response to the Christchurch terror attacks. The Christchurch Response residence visa category offers permanent residence to those victims and their family members who meet the policy requirements. INZ stated that “this new visa category recognises the impact of the tragedy on the lives of those most affected, and gives people currently on temporary and resident visas some certainty about their immigration status in New Zealand”.

In the aftermath of the Christchurch terror attacks, INZ has worked closely with a group of highly experienced Licensed Immigration Advisers (LIA) and Immigration Lawyers who have specialised expertise in difficult and complex casework. An Immigration Advice Pool, which consists of 10 LIAs and Lawyers, has been set up to help people applying for a Christchurch Response (2019) permanent resident visa.

 Advice from this Immigration Advice pool is paid for by the Ministry of Social Development and you can choose which immigration professional you get help from.

 Migration Associates is a Christchurch-based immigration advice consultancy and the Managing Director of Migration Associates, Borey Chum, is one of the LIAs who is part of the Immigration Advice Pool.

 “As a well established global immigration consultancy with an office in Christchurch, we really felt the impact of the terror attacks first-hand,” said Mr Chum. “We would like to provide any assistance we can to the victims of this tragedy and we look forward to working collaboratively with INZ to find solutions for those affected ”. “We feel very privileged to have been offered the opportunity by INZ to play a small part in helping victims and their families on their path to recovery,” he added.

 Anyone who would like immigration advice or assistance with applying for Christchurch Response (2019) permanent resident visa is encouraged to get in touch directly with Borey Chum from Migration Associates.

 For further information please click here.

 

Work Visa Changes to Minimum Income Thresholds

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has revised the minimum income thresholds which must be met by visa applicants who want to support a dependent child visitor visa, or a dependent child student visa.

In general, applicants who receive an offer of skilled employment and apply for a work visa are allowed to support additional temporary visa applications for their partners and their dependent children, subject to meeting the various requirements. In order to do so, INZ must determine that the main applicant has an offer of employment in a higher-skilled or mid-skilled occupation.  These levels are determined by the ANZSCO description of the occupation and the remuneration rate:

Remuneration ANZSCO 1-3 ANZSCO 4-5
$37.50+ per hour High High
$21.25 - $37.50 per hour Mid Low
Less than $21.25 per hour Low Low

However, visa applicants who wish to support a dependent child visa must also meet INZ’s revised minimum annual income threshold of at least NZD$43,322.76 per annum. If you receive an offer of employment in New Zealand and intend to include your children in your visa application, you must ensure that you meet the new minimum income threshold:

Hours per week Hourly rate of pay Annual Salary
40 $21.25 $44,200
30 $27.80 $45,368

Immigration New Zealand updates these salary thresholds annually to ensure that visa applicants have sufficient income to support themselves and their families while in New Zealand.

If you are considering applying for work in New Zealand or have received an offer of employment,  and you would like our assistance with visa applications for you and your family, contact us today.

Stone Masons Required in NZ

It's no secret - New Zealand is a beautiful place. As well as breath-taking scenery, we have great people and a great culture, so it's no wonder that it's consistently ranked as one of the best places to live and work in the world.

Our strategic partner New Zealand Skills in Demand are assisting to source candidates for a client in need of a Stone Mason.

It can be a daunting task to start life in a new country, but New Zealand Skills in Demand have been bringing people into NZ for the last 7 years, and they can help in every aspect of relocating.

The position is focused within the Landscaping industry and will be located within the Hawkes Bay region of New Zealand.

Ideal skill requirements:

  • To be fully aware of the Companies Health and Safety policies, as they relate to your role and to embrace and encourage a Healthy and Safe culture for all staff and clients.

  • Must be a competent Tradesman.

  • Must be committed to continuous improvement to ensure that quality and service delivery are both achieved in full, and on time.

  • This position requires a high skills set. Previous experience in the occupational role will be required.

  • Previous experience with a variety of materials is required. E.g. brick, block, dry stone, etc...

  • Must be results-orientated and able to work both independently and within a team environment.

  • Must possess reasonable verbal and written communication skills.

  • Maintains a good standard of health.

  • Must be fit to perform expected work tasks which may include heavy lifting.

If this sounds like something you are looking for please act now before the position is filled.  If you would like to apply for this role, please carry out the following:

1. Email ammar@nzskillsindemand.co.nz with your CV

2. Fill out our free initial evaluation form for us to assess you eligibility for a NZ Visa.

3. Attend a free Webinar with This is New Zealand

Don't let Brexit delay your backpacking plans - A NZ adventure awaits!

The “Brexit blues” is being blamed for a disastrous fall in spending by British tourists in New Zealand.

Recent statistics showing a 23% drop in the number of British backpackers arriving in New Zealand has worried tourist operators and accommodation providers. The fall in the number of young European backpackers will have a particularly detrimental effect on regional employers, who depend on hard-working and enthusiastic young people to work in seasonal industries. Employers in a variety of local sectors, including hospitality, tourism, farming and construction, say that young travellers are essential to cover labour shortages, particularly during the peak of seasonal industries.

Borey Chum, Managing Director of Migration Associates, says that “young Britons should not be deterred from embarking on a New Zealand adventure. With the numerous beaches, scenic vistas, adrenaline-fuelled activities and great weather for most of the year, New Zealand has a huge amount to offer working holiday applicants.”

New Zealand represents a particularly great opportunity for young people with qualifications and experience in a variety of occupations, including trades and construction workers. Demand for skilled workers is high, with plenty of employment opportunities available for people with the right attitude and skill-set. Migration Associates works closely with NZ Skills In Demand, who may be able to assist with arranging a job offer before working holiday applicants even arrive here. “We’ve been able to assist hundreds of clients based in the United Kingdom to apply for and obtain their work visas while they are still in the UK,” says Mr Chum. “They arrive in New Zealand to a great lifestyle, and earning money from day one. We are particularly in need of construction workers”.

British citizens also have the advantage of being able to apply for a generous Working Holiday Visa (WHV), which enables them to travel around New Zealand, seeing the sights and earning money while they’re here. There is no limit to the number of UK citizens who can be granted the WHVs, which allow a stay in New Zealand for up to 23 months including 12 months of work rights. The WHV is a hugely popular way for young people to experience some of what New Zealand has to offer, with thousands of young people from all over the world arriving every year for their New Zealand adventure and some end up making New Zealand their home.

People interested in travelling to New Zealand to pursue new employment opportunities or enjoy a holiday adventure can complete a free online NZ visa evaluation. to enable Migration Associates to advise on WHV eligibility and to connect you with New Zealand Skills in Demand, who works with many New Zealand employers, including one of New Zealand’s largest trade recruiter. Migration Associates and New Zealand Skills in Demand have a proven track-record, assisting hundreds of clients embark on their New Zealand adventure and ensuring that their visa applications go smoothly and assist working holiday applicants to obtain employment before arriving in New Zealand.

“Don’t let the Brexit blues get you down,” urges Mr Chum. “New Zealand represents a fantastic opportunity for travellers to experience a great lifestyle while earning an income. Don’t hold off, life is short and therefore make the move to New Zealand and have no regrets – the lifestyle in New Zealand is amazing and there are a lot of employment opportunities for working holiday applicants so come out and have some fun”.

For more information on the Working Holiday Visa, and the jobs that NZ Skills In Demand may be able to help you with, click here.

Trading / Operating Officer/Manager in Aluminium Fabrication Industry - NZ

Our partners New Zealand Skills in Demand are urgently looking for a Trading / Operating Officer/Manager for a client in the Aluminium Industry, in Waikato and the surrounding area.

Core skills and requirements to fulfil this role:

  • To be fully aware of the Companies Health and Safety policies, as they relate to your role and to embrace and encourage a Healthy and Safe culture for all staff and visitors to the premises.

  • To ensure that service excellence is maintained at the branch, by producing high - quality products on time, and growing the business generally.

  • Must be a competent tradesman and able to train others.

  • Must be committed to continuous improvement to ensure that quality and service delivery are both achieved in full, and on time.

  • To read drawings and plans and be able to produce factory work sheets and fabricate products as per drawings.

  • Most customer products require engineered drawings these days ( OH&S impact ) so you must either ensure the customer provides such confirmation or have independent certification where appropriate. This is non-negotiable.

  • May from time to time be required to provide Producer Statements, documentation or engineered drawings.

  • Must possess a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the aluminium/metal sector.

  • Must commit to completing quotes and producing products within the company guidelines.

  • Demonstrated aptitude for problem-solving; ability to determine solutions for customers.

  • Must be results-orientated and able to work both independently and within a team environment.

  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. 

  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite applications, knowledge of CAD and Revit, and other software programs that may from time to time be introduced.

  • The role will require a current driver’s licence.

  • Understanding of OHS requirements.

  • Has the ability to assimilate technical information and communicate with other technical staff and industry professionals.

  • Maintains a good standard of health, Consent to pre-employment medical and drug check.

  • Must be fit to perform expected work tasks including regular heavy lifting.

 

Fabricated Products incorporates the following but is not limited to:

  • Fences and Gates

  • Flashings

  • Walkways

  • Platforms

  • Balustrades

  • Ladders

  • Scaffolding

  • Louvres & Screens ( Privacy or Industrial)

  • Custom manufactured products to suit specific needs

  • Any other products introduced to enhance the sales potential of the division

Day to day operational requirements to fulfil this role:

  • Able or trained to ensure for all quotations, the information is captured and responded to in accordance with company guidelines.

  • Can quantify products, labour, logistics and consumables in preparation of quotations.

  • Manufacture – cost effective / on time / to specification.

  • Development & upkeep of all product lines included within the fabricated products portfolio where applicable.

  • A self-disciplined and confident individual.

  • At ease with architects, project managers, quantity surveyors and builders on-site..

  • Develop an enduring personal relationship of service excellence with key customers.

  • At ease with suppliers mainly in the powder-coating arena where exposure to non-conformance suppliers could destabilise any progress.

  • Calculate for and sub-contract out installations where required.

  • Allow for logistical costs in all calculations.

  • Allow for accurate labour costs in all calculations.

  • Allow for accurate materials costs in all calculations.

If you would like to apply for this role, please carry out the following:

1. Email ammar@nzskillsindemand.co.nz with your CV

2. Fill out our free initial evaluation form for us to assess you eligibility for a NZ Visa.

3. Attend a free Webinar with This is New Zealand

Latest updates to the Essential Skills in Demand Lists – some exciting additions!

The New Zealand government recognises that there is a significant shortage of skilled labour in a variety of occupation industries in New Zealand. Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has three “Essential Skills in Demand” lists, which make it easier for employers to recruit and employ non-New Zealand citizens and residents for roles which are included on those lists.

INZ has just released updates to the Essential Skills in Demand Lists (ESID), which includes the replacement of the Intermediate Skills Shortage List with a new one called the Regional Skill Shortage List. Where an occupation is on one of the ESIDs, it is an acknowledgement that it is difficult to find suitable New Zealanders to fill those role in those occupations, and therefore the process of recruiting migrant workers has been simplified.

Here is a brief outline of each of the lists, with an explanation of what occupations have been added to or amended on them:

 

Long Term Skills Shortage List (LTSSL):

The LTSSL is a list of skilled occupation that are in sustained shortage throughout New Zealand. Occupations included in the list include occupation in engineering, ICT, health and social services and electricians.

The outcome of the latest review has been to add ‘Aged Care Registered Nurse’ to the LTSSL, and amend and extend the “Construction Project Manager” listing.

 

Regional Skills Shortage List (RSSL):

The Regional Skills Shortage List will replace the Intermediate Skills Shortage List, and provides a list of various occupations where there is a skill shortage in a particular regions. The RSSL is divided into 15 regions identified as having an immediate shortage of skilled workers in particular occupations. Early Childhood Teacher, Primary School Teacher and Secondary School Teacher have been added to the RSSL for all regions – great news for people wishing to gain employment as teachers in New Zealand!

 

Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List (CISSL):

The CISSL is divided into the same 15 regions as the RSSL, and contains construction-related occupations which are in immediate, short-term shortage across the country. The occupation of Building Associate has been added to the list, and Plumber has now been added to all the listed regions.

 

The proposed changes will be implemented on 27 May, and come at a time when INZ is facing increasing criticism over extensive delays in visa processing times, which is causing problems for many visa applicants and their employers.

If you believe any of this will affect you and your application, please get in touch with one of our Licensed Immigration Advisers in either the UK or NZ office:

UK Office: +44 (0) 148 355 0920

NZ Office: +64 03 355 1495

Or email info@migrationassociates.co.uk

Increase to minimum income level required to support dependent children in New Zealand

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has released its latest amendment circular containing updates to the current immigration policy.

 The latest update includes the following changes:

  • The minimum income required for Essential Skills work visa holders to support visitor visa applications for their dependent children has been increased to $43,322.76 per annum. Essential Skills work visa holders who earn less than that will not be able to support to support visitor visa applications for their dependent children.

  • Following the major changes to post-study work visas that were implemented last year, the Pathway Student visa pilot has been extended to 24 November 2019.

  • The List of Qualifications Exempt From Assessment (LQEA) has been updated. The list of qualifications recognised by INZ has been expanded to include a large number of newly-recognised qualifications from countries including Canada, Hungary, Sweden and Poland.

  •  Updating the New Zealand Residence Programme planning range to 50,000 to 60,000 from 1 July 2018 to 31 December 2019. Immigration remains a hot political issue. It is clear that the Minister of Immigration is actively working to implement changes across the board, which appears to include the  targeted reduction of the total number of Skilled Migrant category residence visa approvals.

 If you need any more information on these latest updates then please get in touch with one of our Licensed Immigration Advisers in either the UK or NZ office:

UK Office: +44 (0) 148 355 0920

NZ Office: +64 03 355 1495

Or email info@migrationassociates.co.uk

NZ Job Adverts continue to rise 1.2 per cent in March 2019

The latest report from Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment showed that online advertisements increased by 1.2 per cent in the March 2019 quarter, slightly lower than the December 2018 quarter's 1.4 per cent increase. Here are the report highlights:

  • Among the nine industry groups, the Primary sector had strong growth, especially in the Manawatu-Whanganui and Taranaki, and Otago-Southland regions. The IT industries grew strongly in Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough/West Coast, Otago-Southland, and Wellington.

  • The strongest percentage increase in online advertising over the quarter came from the Labourers occupational group in most regions. The next highest increase was in the Community and Personal Services occupational group, which grew the most in Gisborne/Hawke's Bay, and the Bay of Plenty regions.

  • Over the year, the largest increases in online advertisements by broad skill level groupings were for highly-skilled and skilled jobs.

  • Provincial New Zealand and the Wellington region led the growth in job advertisements over the quarter. However, given the size of Auckland, and Wellington they are amongst the top three regions for the number ofadvertisements during the quarter. When taking into account the relative size of regions, Wellington, Otago-Southland, and Auckland had the greatest growth. Over the year, Wellington, Auckland, and Otago-Southland were the main contributors to the overall increase.

Full the full MBIE labour market report, click here.

Ceiling Fixer Positions 2019 - New Zealand


Our partners New Zealand Skills in Demand are seeking qualified Ceiling Fixers for full-time permanent and working holiday visa roles across New Zealand. They offer a free service to place candidates in NZ roles. 

Ideal candidates will have:

  • At least 3 years full-time experience.

  • Qualifications are desirable

  • You’'ll need your own tools

  • You must have suspended ceiling, solid plasterboard and metal stud partitioning experience

  • A CV is a must. You must also be able to provide written references and an oral reference will be taken as part of the process.

  • You will need a vehicle to transport yourself to your work-site.

    Opportunities are on-going and start dates are flexible – New Zealand Skills In Demand will provide you with relocation advice including visas, shipping, banking, money transfer and support before you arrive in New Zealand.

Start the process now: 

1. Email ammar@nzskillsindemand.co.nz with your CV

2. Fill out our free initial evaluation form for us to assess you eligibility for a NZ Visa.

3. Attend a free Webinar with This is New Zealand

Concreters needed in New Zealand

New Zealand Skills In Demand are looking for Concreters for positions in New Zealand.

You will need:

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience

  • Trade qualified desirable

  • Your own tools

  • Previous experience required with pouring, screeding and finishing along with some commercial experience

You’ll be working on a range of projects including commercial and residential.

Ideally you’ll have experience in the construction industry and mechanical expertise would be a benefit. You may also need a full drivers licence and current CSCS card / equivalent.

Hard-working with a can-do attitude, good attention to detail and flexible approach to work. Punctual and reliable with good communication skills as well as the ability to work well in a team.

If you’d like to be considered please:

1. Email ammar@nzskillsindemand.co.nz with your CV

2. Fill out our free initial evaluation form for us to assess you eligibility for a NZ Visa.

3. Attend a Seminar or Webinar with This is New Zealand

Cabinet Maker positions New Zealand

Our partners New Zealand Skills in Demand have a client who require Cabinet Makers in various locations around New Zealand. They offer a free service to place candidates in NZ roles. 

Role requirements:

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience

  • Trade qualified desirable

  • Needs own tools

  • Must be able to read/interpret drawings and have kitchen installation experience

Opportunities are on-going and start dates are flexible – New Zealand Skills In Demand will provide you with relocation advice including visas, shipping, banking, money transfer and support once you arrive in New Zealand.

Start the process now: 

1. Email ammar@nzskillsindemand.co.nz with your CV

2. Fill out our free initial evaluation form for us to assess you eligibility for a NZ Visa.

3. Attend a Seminar or Webinar with This is New Zealand

Bricklayer Positions 2019 - New Zealand

Our partners New Zealand Skills in Demand are seeking qualified/non-qualified Bricklayers for full-time permanent roles and working holiday visa roles across New Zealand. They offer a free service to place candidates in NZ roles. 

Role requirements:

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience

  • Trade qualified desirable

  • Need own tools

  • Must be willing to mix own concrete/mortar

  • Be able to read and interpret drawings

You will be involved in residential, commercial and infrastructure projects (depending on experience). Those with general building/carpentry skills will be preferred. 

Ideal candidates will have a wide range of experience on both commercial and residential sites, and have at least 3 years full-time experience. 

A CV is a must. You must also be able to provide written references and an oral reference will be taken as part of the process. 

Starting rate for qualified bricklayers in New Zealand is $23 - 28 NZD per hour (dependant on skills, qualifications and experience). 

You must supply your own hand-tools and will likely need a vehicle to transport yourself to your worksite. 

Opportunities are on-going and start dates are flexible – New Zealand Skills In Demand will provide you with relocation advice including visas, shipping, insurance, banking, money transfer and support before you arrive in New Zealand. 

Start the process now: 

1. Email ammar@nzskillsindemand.co.nz with your CV

2. Fill out our free initial evaluation form for us to assess you eligibility for a NZ Visa.

3. Register for a Webinar to find out more.

HVAC Engineer Positions 2019 - New Zealand

Our partners New Zealand Skills in Demand are seeking qualified Heat and Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) Engineers for full-time permanent roles in cities such as Christchurch, Auckland and Queenstown. They offer a free service to place candidates in NZ roles. 

Ideal candidates will have experience on both commercial and residential sites, at least 3 years full-time experience and a relevant trade qualification. You must also be licensed, and you’ll need your own tools.

Must have installation, diagnostic and maintenance experience – ideally both

A CV is a must. You must also be able to provide written references and an oral reference will be taken as part of the process.

Permanent full time contracts are on offer. You will be "on the books" as opposed to working self-employed meaning you will enjoy 4 weeks paid annual leave, and your employer pays a levy to cover health insurance and contributes to your retirement savings scheme. 

Opportunities are on-going and start dates are flexible – New Zealand Skills In Demand will provide you with relocation advice including visas, shipping, banking, money transfer and support before you arrive in New Zealand. 

Start the process now: 

1. Email ammar@nzskillsindemand.co.nz with your CV

2. Fill out our free initial evaluation form for us to assess you eligibility for a NZ Visa

3. Attend a Seminar or Webinar with This is New Zealand

Working Holiday Visa Hammerhand Positions - New Zealand

Our partners New Zealand Skills in Demand are seeking Hammerhands for full-time permanent roles in NZ. 

Requirements

  • Need to be prepared and able to mix concrete, plaster and mortar and be willing to do heavy labouring

  • Require experience operating power tools

  • Minimum 2 years residential and/or commercial experience

  • Need own tools

You will be involved in residential, commercial and infrastructure projects (depending on experience). 

A CV is a must. You must also be able to provide written references and an oral reference will be taken as part of the process. 

Opportunities are on-going and start dates are flexible – New Zealand Skills In Demand will provide you with relocation advice including visas, shipping, insurance, banking, money transfer and support before you arrive in New Zealand. 

Start the process now: 

1. Email ammar@nzskillsindemand.co.nz with your CV

2. Fill out our free initial evaluation form for us to assess you eligibility for a NZ Visa.

3. Attend a Seminar or Webinar with This is New Zealand