For Canterbury-based roles, you may need to register the vacancy with the Canterbury Skills and Employment Hub if it is low skilled and not on a Skill Shortage List.

The Canterbury Skills and Employment Hub was established to help employers fill job vacancies to support the Canterbury rebuild. It can help you streamline and speed up 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 the Canterbury region. This area comprises of:

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

The Skills Hub has highly experienced and well-connected skills brokers who can scan across all sectors, including the Work and Income database and the tertiary sector. It also has a website to help match job seekers to employers.

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 occupations that are not:

  • highly skilled (i.e.the job is ANZSCO skill level 3-5), or
  • on the Canterbury Skill Shortage List, or
  • on the Immediate or Long Term Skill Shortage Lists.

Employers applying for Approval in Principle (AIP) or pre-approval 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 highly skilled (ie. ANZSCO skill level 1-2), 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)