Your skilled work experience

Information to help you answer the questions in this section.

What you need to have ready to complete this section:

  • The names, addresses, and contact details of your previous employers.

Question 1

Here you can gain points for skilled work experience.

If you do not have an offer of, or current, skilled employment in New Zealand, your work experience must be:

  • gained legally in a labour market that is comparable to New Zealand, or
  • in an occupation on the Long Term Skill Shortage List and meet the requirements of column three of the list.

Comparable labour market list

Questions 2 to 4

These questions ask you to tally the number of years of skilled work experience. Your work must have been full-time for an average of 30 hours per week or more.

Question 4

Provided you have gained points for your recognised work experience, you can also score bonus points if you have work experience in an area of absolute skills shortage.

Your work experience needs to have been gained in an occupation on the Long Term Skill Shortage List and meet the specifications for that occupation. You need to be suitably qualified to have undertaken the work, which includes holding occupational registration if required.

Long Term Skill Shortage List

Occupational registration