Hiring in Canterbury and Queenstown

If you are looking to recruit workers for a role in Canterbury or Queenstown, the process may be a little different.

Canterbury

For Canterbury-based roles, you must register the vacancy with the Canterbury Skills and Employment Hub if it is for an ANZSCO skill level 3-5 role and not on a Skill Shortage List.

The Canterbury Skills and Employment Hub can help you streamline your recruitment in the Canterbury region by providing an avenue for listing job opportunities and matching available New Zealanders to them.

If New Zealanders are not available, then the Skills Hub will speed up visa applications by confirming the situation in a letter. This confirmation can be attached to a work visa application of a migrant wanting to fill the vacancy. The letter means we will not have to do further checks to see if there are New Zealanders available for the job.

The Skills Hub rule applies to jobs in areas covered by the following Canterbury councils:

  • Christchurch City Council
  • Waimakariri District Council
  • Selwyn District Council.

The Canterbury Skills and Employment Hub

When an employer must use the Skills and Employment Hub

Employers in the Canterbury region must use the Skills Hub before supporting work visa applications for jobs that are at skill level 3-5 of ANZSCO and not on an Essential Skills in Demand list.

Employers applying for approval in principle (AIP) to recruit for multiple positions must also use the Skills Hub if the occupation is ANZSCO skill level 3-5, and not on one of the Essential Skills in Demand lists.

You do not need to use the Skills Hub if your vacancy is for an ANZSCO skill level 1-2 occupatioon, however, you can still choose to use it if you wish.

Skill Shortage List Checker 
Request for Approval in Principle to Recruit Overseas Workers (INZ 1112) PDF 281KB
Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO)

Queenstown

If you are recruiting workers for a role in Queenstown, the labour market test process may be a bit different.

For occupations with an ANZSCO skill level of 4-5, employers normally have to contact Work and Income to ensure there are no suitable New Zealanders available for the role. There is a list of roles in Queenstown that are exempt from this process. If your vacancy is on this list you do not need to contact Work and Income.

You need to advertise as usual before supporting a work visa application for a role that isn't on an Essential Skills in Demand list, regardless of the ANZSCO skill level.

Queenstown Employer Guide PDF 335KB
Queenstown Lakes District occupation exemption list
Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO)