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Canterbury Skill Shortage List review Friday, 11 August 2017

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has reviewed the Canterbury Skill Shortage List (CSSL) to ensure that the policy settings remain appropriate for the current stage of the Canterbury rebuild and economic recovery.

No changes have been made to the occupations on the list.  Although labour demand continues to trend downwards, migrants are needed to continue the rebuild. The CSSL facilitates work visas, mainly for migrants already in New Zealand, and will not affect New Zealanders’ opportunities for jobs.

Some changes have been made to the criteria for using the CSSL by making the requirements more generic and including a higher level of qualification in that focus area, where relevant. These changes take effect from 14 August. 

The revised Canterbury Skill Shortage List PDF 119KB

Where an occupation is on the CSSL, employers do not need to satisfy the labour market test to support a work visa for a migrant, as it has already been accepted that there is a significant shortage.

If an occupation is not on the CSSL, the Canterbury Skills and Employment Hub can facilitate employment of New Zealanders in Canterbury, and if there are no suitable applicants, can facilitate visa applications for migrant workers.

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The CSSL is reviewed and updated regularly in order to ensure that the Ministry’s policy is flexible and responsive to changing economic and labour market conditions in Canterbury. Reviews include information from labour demand modelling for the Canterbury rebuild, alongside jobseeker numbers and other labour market data. It is important that the list reflects genuine skill shortages so New Zealanders are not disadvantaged in seeking employment and training. 

You can test whether an occupation is on any of the shortage lists, or on the list of occupations recognised for residence applications under the Skilled Migrant Category, by using the Skill Shortage List Checker. This provides information and the requirements for each of the lists.

Skill Shortage List Checker

The next review of the CSSL is expected to be finalised in early 2018.