Essential Skills in Demand Lists — 2018/19 review

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is implementing changes to skill shortage lists at the end of May 2019.

On 27 May 2019, INZ updated the Essential Skills in Demand (ESID) lists, and replaced the Immediate Skill Shortage List with the new Regional Skill Shortage List.

The lists are regularly reviewed to ensure they meet the changing needs of the labour market and to preserve opportunities for New Zealanders.

From 27 May the ESID lists will include the:

  • Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL)
  • Regional Skill Shortage List (RSSL)
  • Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List (CISSL).

The new RSSL will replace the Immediate Skill Shortage list to ensure a regional approach to identifying skill shortages.

List review outcomes

The outcomes of the LTSSL review are to:

  • add Aged Care Registered Nurse
  • amend ‘Construction Project Manager Roading and Infrastructure’ by extending the listing to include building Construction Project Managers
  • decline to add Carpenter to the LTSSL, however this remains on the CISSL.

The outcomes of the Immediate Skill Shortage List review (that will be applied to the RSSL) are to:

  • add Early Childhood Teacher, Primary School Teacher and Secondary School Teacher
  • remove Construction Project Manager Roading and Infrastructure as this is also listed on the LTSSL
  • decline to add Café/Restaurant Manager, Fitter (General) and Wood Machinist
  • decline to amend the qualification requirements for Quantity Surveyor.

The outcomes of the review of the CISSL are to:

  • add Building Associate
  • amend Plumber (General) to extend the listing to all regions
  • remove Stonemason for the Canterbury region – it will remain for Auckland and Northland.

Updating the RISSL and CISSL regions

The newly established RSSL and the CISSL will use a 15-region model to allow for more refined assessment of skill shortages throughout New Zealand.

The regions in the new model are:

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Waikato
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Gisborne
  • Hawke's Bay
  • Taranaki
  • Whanganui-Manawatau
  • Wellington
  • Nelson-Tasman
  • Marlborough
  • Canterbury
  • West Coast
  • Otago
  • Southland

Essential Skills in Demand List review 2018/19