Roles exempt from the AEWV median wage threshold

If you want to hire migrants on the Accredited Employer Work Visa and the role is on this list you can pay less than the median wage.

You must meet a pay threshold

Specific jobs in construction and infrastructure, and tourism and hospitality must pay at least NZD $25 an hour.

Specific jobs in the care workforce sector must be paid at least NZD $25.39 an hour.

An AEWV holder paid below the median wage in these cases can hold the AEWV for 2 years before completing a stand-down for 12 consecutive months outside New Zealand, when they can get another AEWV for 2 years.

The migrant worker can get another visa for a job paid above the median wage without having to complete a stand-down period.

Sector — Construction and infrastructure

Fibrous plasterer: ANZSCO 333211

Fitter (general): ANZSCO 323211

Fitter-Welder: ANZSCO 323213

Metal fabricator: ANZSCO 322311

Painting trades worker: ANZSCO 332211

Solid plasterer: ANZSCO 333212

Wall and floor tiler: ANZSCO 333411

Welder: ANZSCO 322313

Sector — Care workforce

Aged or disabled carer: ANZSCO 423111

Child or youth residential care assistant: ANZSCO 423411

Disabilities services officer: ANZSCO 411712

Kaiāwhina (hauora) (Māori health assistant): ANZSCO 411512

Nursing support worker: ANZSCO 423312

Personal care assistant: ANZSCO 423313

Residential care officer: ANZSCO 411715

Therapy aide: ANZSCO 423314

Sector — Tourism and hospitality

These roles are only exempt from paying the median wage threshold until April 2023.

Accommodation and hospitality managers nec: ANZSCO 141999

Bar attendant: ANZSCO 431111

Barista: ANZSCO 431112

Cafe worker: ANZSCO 431211

Caravan park and camping ground manager: ANZSCO 141211

Commercial housekeeper: ANZSCO 811411

Conference and event organiser: ANZSCO 149311

Diving instructor (open water): ANZSCO 452311

Doorperson or luggage porter: ANZSCO 431912

Fast food cook: ANZSCO 851111

Food trades assistants nec: ANZSCO 851299

Gallery or museum technician: ANZSCO 399311

Gaming worker: ANZSCO 431311

Hospitality workers nec: ANZSCO 431999

Hotel or motel manager: ANZSCO 141311

Hotel or motel receptionist: ANZSCO 542113

Hotel service manager: ANZSCO 431411

Hunting guide: ANZSCO 452213

Kitchenhand: ANZSCO 851311

Licensed club manager: ANZSCO 141411

Pastrycook's assistant: ANZSCO 851211

Tour guide: ANZSCO 451412

Travel agency manager: ANZSCO 142116

Travel attendants nec: ANZSCO 451799 

Travel consultant: ANZSCO 451612

Trekking guide: ANZSCO 452216

Waiter: ANZSCO 431511

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