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 2014 commenced in April 2014.
The Canterbury List is reviewed more regularly. The last review of the Canterbury List was completed in August 2014. The next review is scheduled to be completed about December 2014.
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 be notified of the next review round, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 This is particularly the case where statistical data is out of date, such as Census information on salaries, or where data is not available, perhaps because the occupational group is too small to generate sufficient data for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 ESID Submission Form. This example of a submission may be useful as a guide for the information that we are seeking.
The PIER reports for the occupations selected for review this year are:
In addition to the above occupations the Ministry will review the following occupations for which there has been an average of five or less work visas approved per annum over the last five years. One of the requirements for an occupation to be added to a shortage list is that there should be at least 50 work visas per annum (although this requirement is not inflexible).
However there are some historically listed occupations where the numbers of work visas are much less than this level. In some cases demand and economic conditions may have changed since they were added. For others the criteria for adding occupations may have been different in the early stages of developing the shortage lists.
Given this relatively low level of demand, and the need to ensure the ESID lists remain well targeted to shortage occupations, the Ministry will consider these occupations for removal as a part of the annual review process. [Other immigration options include the Essential Skills, Approval in Principle and Accredited Employer work policies , and the Skilled Migrant Category].
Logging Plant Operator
Mixed Crop Farmer
ISSL - Engineering
Electronic Engineering Draftsperson
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class)
ISSL - Health and Social Services
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Thoracic Medicine Specialist
ISSL - Oil and Gas
Earth Science Technician
ISSL - Science
LTSSL - Agriculture and Forestry
Life Scientist nec
Social Professional nec
LTSSL - Engineering
Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)
LTSSL - Health and Social Services
Intensive Care Specialist
Nuclear Medicine Technologist
LTSSL - ICT, Electronics and Telecommunications
A streamlined process is being followed for the review of these occupations because of the low levels of demand and the consequent low impact of their removal. View the data for approved work visas for each of these occupations. Submissions for these low-volume occupations may be made on the standard submission form above, or by a separate email covering the essential points that you wish to make. Submissions must comment on the low volumes of work visas.