The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment maintains three lists consisting of:
The lists help to ensure that New Zealand’s skills needs are met by facilitating the entry of appropriately skilled migrants to fill shortages. However, this objective must be balanced by the need to ensure that there are no suitably qualified New Zealand citizens or resident workers available to undertake the work.
Search the lists using our Skill shortage list check.
The Immediate and Long Term Lists are reviewed annually by the Ministry. The 2015 review commenced on 16 April 2015. Decisions will be published under ‘Latest News’ about December.
The Canterbury List is reviewed more regularly. Changes are being made with effect from 14 December – see the latest news item. The next review is scheduled to be completed about April 2016.
If you are interested in submitting an occupation for review, this page guides you through the necessary steps.
If you have any questions about the review or you wish to be added to the ESID database, to receive information about the review, please contact: email@example.com. This database is designed for occupational groups (such as employer groups, trade unions and industry training bodies - not individual persons).
Please note that only queries relating to the addition, retention or removal of occupations on the lists will be responded to from the shortages review mailbox. If you have a query relating to your own immigration status or whether your qualifications/experience meet list criteria please contact Immigration New Zealand to discuss your query.
The review process places an emphasis on ensuring that there is sound evidence to support changes to the lists.
Before a new occupation is added to one of the lists, the following must be confirmed.
In addition to the above criteria, there are specific requirements related to each list.
For an occupation to be added to the Long-term Skill Shortage List:
For an occupation to be added to the Immediate Skill Shortage List, it must:
For an occupation to be added to the Canterbury Skill Shortage List, it must:
The process for reviewing the Immediate and Long-term Lists includes the following features:
Information provided by industry stakeholders is a vital part of the assessment process. This is particularly the case where statistical data is out of date, such as Census information on salaries, or where data is not available, perhaps because the occupational group is too small to generate sufficient data for national surveys. Interested stakeholders are therefore strongly encouraged to collect robust evidence to support their submissions. Further information on the nature of the evidence required is noted below.
The review process involves a detailed analysis of:
The Canterbury list also draws on the occupations on the Immediate and Long-term Skill Shortage Lists that are relevant for the Canterbury rebuild.
As part of the new review process for the Canterbury list, it is not necessary for employers or industry to make submissions (as for the Immediate and Long- term Lists).
The Occupation Nomination process provides an opportunity for industry stakeholders to request a change to an occupation for the Essential Skills in Demand Lists. To be eligible, the nominated occupation must have an occupation code. These can be found using the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).
The completion of an Occupation Nomination form is the first step in requesting that an occupation be:
In general, Occupation Nominations are only considered by the Ministry if the occupation has the following:
In addition, if the occupation was reviewed by the Ministry within the last review period, you will need to demonstrate a significant change in labour market conditions that warrants a further review.
The submission process is an opportunity for stakeholders to provide additional information and different perspectives on the nature and extent of skill shortages in occupations selected for review. Stakeholder submissions are a vital source of information, helping to inform the Ministry’s final assessment of the status of occupations.
The following points must be considered when preparing a submission:
Submissions must be made on the Occupation Submission Form [DOC 90KB]. This example of a submission [PDF 327KB] may be useful as a guide for the information that we are seeking.