Hiring workers in Queenstown

If you are recruiting workers for a role in Queenstown, the labour market test process is now the same as the rest of New Zealand.

End of the Queenstown Lakes District occupation exemption list

From Tuesday 26 May 2020, the Queenstown Lake District occupation exemption list is no longer applicable. The list previously allowed an exemption from providing a Skill Match Report for some roles with an ANZSCO skill level of 4 to 5.

Employers in Queenstown should now use the standard labour market test process for supporting an Essential Skills visa and obtain a Skill Match Report from Work and Income.

Supporting a candidate’s 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.

Supporting a candidate’s work visa

Work and Income - Hiring someone from overseas