Canterbury

The Canterbury Skills and Employment hub has now closed. Employers in Canterbury should follow the same process used throughout the rest of the country.

The Canterbury Skills and Employment Hub ceased to accept vacancies on 1 June 2018 and closed permanently on 29 June 2018. Hub letters can continue to be used to support visa applications after 1 June 2018, as long as the letter is still valid.

Employers in Canterbury who previously listed vacancies with the Hub should follow the labour market test process used throughout the rest of New Zealand if they intend to hire a worker on an Essential Skills work visa.

For vacancies in ANZSCO skill level 4-5 roles, employers should provide a Skills Match Report and evidence of genuine attempts to recruit New Zealanders.

For vacancies in ANZSCO skill level 1-3 roles, employers do not need to engage with Work and Income. Evidence of genuine attempts to recruit New Zealanders must be provided.

Evidence of genuine attempts to recruit New Zealanders includes advertising, engagement of a recruitment company, efforts to upskill local employees, and information about why New Zealanders who applied weren’t suitable.

Employers who require a Skills Match Report should contact Work and Income. The Skills Match Report will record whether there are suitable Work and Income clients available and an employer’s consideration of those clients.

Work and Income

Supporting a candidate’s work visa