Applying for a Job Check: checklist for employers

This checklist is to help accredited employers who need to complete a Job Check before hiring migrant workers on the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV).

Businesses are encouraged to train, upskill and hire New Zealand workers before they hire migrants. If you are an employer and you cannot find suitable New Zealanders for a role, you can apply to hire migrants on the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV).

Before you start a Job Check

You need to be accredited to hire on the AEWV and have an acceptable job offer, job description and proposed employment agreement. You must have evidence you advertised if the job pays less than twice the median wage and is not on the Green List.

You can include multiple vacancies in one job check if the job details are the same and they are covered by the same advertising and employment agreement. If the location, job title or terms of work vary, you will need a separate Job Check for each role.

Guide to the Job Check requirements

Use this checklist to ensure you have all the information and evidence you need to submit with your application.

Download the Applying for a Job Check: checklist for employers PDF 818KB

Changes from 27 November 2023

From 27 November 2023, a 35% New Zealand workforce threshold applies to employers who are placing migrant workers with controlling third parties in specific construction roles.

NZ workforce requirements for the construction sector

If you are an employer this applies to, you must upload a signed declaration with your application to confirm the number of:

  • employees your organisation currently places with controlling third parties, and
  • NZ citizens or residents that work a minimum of 30 hours each week out of those employees.

Accredited Employer Workforce Declaration PDF 156KB

Changes from 29 October 2023

From 29 October 2023, accredited employers are not allowed to use trial periods in employment agreements when hiring people on an Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV).

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Employment details

Remuneration details

The job must pay the market rate and at least the New Zealand median wage unless it is on an exemption list.

AEWV roles exempt from paying the median wage

How we calculate pay rates for the AEWV

Wage rate requirements for visas

Salary deductions | Employment New Zealand

Job advertisement

You will need to include these details in your job advertisement, unless the job is on the Green List or pays at least twice the median wage. 

Proposed employment agreement

Recruitment, training or equipment costs

During the application you must confirm you will not pass on any recruitment, training or equipment costs related to the job, inside or outside New Zealand.

Supporting documents

You must have a copies of these documents ready to upload when requested in the Supporting documents section.

If supporting documents are required and not provided, there may be a delay in processing your application.

NZ workforce requirements for the construction sector

Pay the application fee

You can pay the job check application fee by:

  • credit card
  • debit card
  • China UnionPay
  • POLi