SkillFinder is a free online tool that connects New Zealand employers with skilled workers overseas who have expressed an interest in living and working in New Zealand.

There are over a half a million people in the SkillFinder database – most of whom have skills in demand by New Zealand employers.

You can filter the database by occupation, level of academic qualification, country of residence and years of experience. Once registered, Immigration New Zealand will send a job alert email to people in the database who match your requirements.

Register your vacancy with SkillFinder

Who can use SkillFinder?

SkillFinder is for any New Zealand employer looking for overseas talent where there is a specific role that needs to be filled, and:

  • the role is classified as mid-skilled or higher under the Essential Skills visa policy, or
  • the role is on a skill shortage list, or
  • you are an accredited employer and the role meets the criteria for a talent visa.


Before using SkillFinder, you should test the New Zealand job market to see if there is a New Zealand resident who can do the job.

Employment skill-bands for Essential Skills Work Visas

Attempts to recruit New Zealanders

Accredited Employer Scheme

How SkillFinder works

  1. Register your vacancy.
  2. Preview draft SkillFinder email and submit.
  3. INZ reviews email and sends to prospects matching your criteria - Within 1-3 working days.
  4. Receive enquiries and CV's from prospective candidates - After email is sent.
  5. INZ sends survey to measure your results - 6 weeks.