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Introducing labour under and oversupply list Friday, 2 October 2020

Employers can find out more easily if New Zealanders are available for jobs. Ministry of Social Development has identified under and oversupply of labour in sectors and regions.

The Skills Match Report process has been streamlined so employers can find out more easily if New Zealanders are available for jobs.

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has created lists of occupations and regions where there is a clear over or undersupply of New Zealanders on Job Seeker Support.

Skills Match Report not needed for occupations on the lists

If an employer is trying to fill an occupation that is on the undersupply list, they will not need to get a Skills Match Report, even if the job is paid below the New Zealand median wage.

There is an oversupply of New Zealand job seekers on Job Seeker Support in all regions for some occupations in the following sectors:

  • retail and hospitality
  • construction
  • administration and call centre workers
  • manufacturing and warehousing
  • transport.

Oversupply and undersupply lists for Skills Match Reports | Work and Income

From 7 October Immigration New Zealand will consider these lists when assessing Essential Skills work visa applications for positions paid below the national median wage. For applications submitted before 7 October 2020, the Skills Match Report submitted will be considered as part of the assessment of the application.

Employers will still need to advertise their vacancies and demonstrate they have made genuine attempts to attract and recruit suitable New Zealanders.

INZ uses the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO version 1.2) to confirm whether an occupation is on the over or undersupply list. It is important employers accurately classify the job offered and consider whether it is on the oversupply or undersupply lists.

Check the ANZSCO list

Using these lists is a temporary measure and will be reviewed in early 2021. To make sure these lists keep up with changes to the labour market they will also be reviewed every 3 months, or sooner.