How we assess skilled employment for Skilled Migrant Category Visas

You must have specialist, technical or management expertise and meet the pay rate threshold to do skilled work in New Zealand.

How we assess if your work is skilled

If you are applying for a Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa, you need to find the closest matching Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupation (ANZSCO) occupation for your current job or job offer. You must also be suitably qualified to do the job — your training and experience must match your occupation's ANZSCO skill level.

We assess your occupation as skilled if it:

  • is described in the ANZSCO as a skill level 1, 2 or 3 occupation, and it
    • mostly matches the ANZSCO description of that occupation
    • meets the pay rate threshold of NZD $25.00 per hour (or equivalent annual salary) or more, or
  • is described in the ANZSCO as a skill level 4 or 5 occupation, and it
    • mostly matches the ANZSCO description of that occupation
    • meets the pay rate threshold of NZD $37.50 per hour (or equivalent annual salary) or more, or
  • has no matching description in the ANZSCO and meets the pay rate threshold of NZD $37.50 per hour (or equivalent annual salary) or more.

You can search for your ANZSCO occupation and skill level on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.

ANZSCO Version 1.2 | Australian Bureau of Statistics

Alert

We use Version 1.2 of ANZSCO to assess the skill level of most occupations. ANZSCO was recently updated and some occupations that were skill level 4 or 5 are now skill level 1 to 3 in the updated version. If you are paid at least NZD $25 per hour for one of these occupations, we will treat it as an exception and assess it as ANZSCO skill level 1, 2 or 3.

List of ANZSCO occupations treated as an exception

If your occupation is ANZSCO skill level 1, 2 or 3

If your occupation is ANZSCO skill level 1, 2 or 3 you must have:

  • a relevant recognised qualification at or above the level described in the ANZSCO
  • the relevant work experience that ANZSCO states can be substituted for a formal qualification — for any skill level 1 occupation you can substitute the ANZSCO qualification with 5 years of work experience, even if the ANZSCO does not state this
  • a job or job offer on the Long Term Skill Shortage List, and you meet its requirements, or
  • a job or job offer that needs occupational registration in New Zealand, and you hold full or provisional registration for the job.

Long Term Skill Shortage List

If your occupation is ANZSCO skill level 4 or 5, or not in ANZSCO

If your occupation is ANZSCO skill level 4 or 5, or does not have a matching ANZSCO description, you must have:

  • a relevant recognised qualification at or above level 4 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework, or a level 3 qualification included in the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment
  • at least 3 years of relevant work experience
  • a job or job offer on the Long Term Skill Shortage List, and you meet its requirements, or
  • a job or job offer that needs occupational registration in New Zealand, and you hold full or provisional registration for the job.

List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment

Long Term Skill Shortage List

Occupational registration

When we update the Skilled Migrant Category pay rate threshold

We update pay rate thresholds each year. We publish a news item on this website before the updated thresholds take effect.