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 will not be accepting new vacancies from 1 June 2018 and will close permanently on 29 June 2018. Employers with vacancies in ANZSCO skill level 4 or 5 roles after 1 June 2018 should contact Work and Income to obtain a Skills Match Report. Employers with vacant ANZSCO skill level 1-3 roles will no longer require a Hub letter

Employers must still provide evidence that they have made genuine attempts to recruit suitable New Zealanders, such as advertising the vacancy or contacting a recruitment company.

The Canterbury Skills and Employment Hub

When an employer must use the Skills and Employment Hub

Until 1 June 2018, 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.

After 1 June 2018, employers with ANZSCO skill level 4-5 vacancies should contact Work and Income, consider suitable or trainable New Zealanders and obtain a Skills Match Report. Employers with ANZSCO skill level 1-3 vacancies do not need to contact Work and income, but should still provide evidence of attempts to recruit and train suitable New Zealanders.

Skill Shortage List Checker 

Request for Approval in Principle to Recruit Overseas Workers (INZ 1112) PDF 278KB

Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO)