Skilled employment

Employment that you need specialist, technical or management expertise to do.

We assess your employment as skilled if it meets one of these requirements.

  • It is described in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO), as a skill level 1, 2 or 3 occupation, it substantially matches the ANZSCO description of that occupation and pays NZD $25.00 per hour (or equivalent annual salary) or more, or
  • It is described in the ANZSCO as a skill level 4 or 5 occupation, it substantially matches the ANZSCO description of that occupation and pays NZD $37.50 per hour (or equivalent annual salary) or more, or
  • It has no corresponding description in the ANZSCO and pays NZD $37.50 per hour (or equivalent annual salary) or more.

You’ll need to find the closest matching ANZSCO occupation for your current job or job offer. You must also be suitably qualified for the employment — your training and/or experience requirements must correspond to the skill level of your occupation.

ANZSCO skill level 1, 2 or 3

If your employment is ANZSCO skill level 1, 2 or 3 you must be qualified in one of the following ways:

  • you have a relevant recognised qualification at or above the level described in the ANZSCO, or
  • you have the relevant work experience that ANZSCO states will substitute for a formal qualification (for any skill level 1 occupation you can substitute the qualification specified by the ANZSCO with 5 years of work experience, even if the ANZSCO does not state this), or
  • your occupation is included on the Long Term Skill Shortage List and you meet its requirements, or
  • your employment requires occupational registration in New Zealand by law and you hold full or provisional registration for your occupation.

Long Term Skill Shortage List

ANZSCO skill level 4 or 5, or not in ANZSCO

If your employment is ANZSCO skill level 4 or 5, or your employment does not have a corresponding description in the ANZSCO, you must be qualified in one of the following ways:

  • you 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, or
  • you have at least 3 years of relevant work experience, or
  • your occupation is included on the Long Term Skill Shortage List and you meet its requirements, or
  • your employment requires occupational registration in New Zealand by law and you hold full or provisional registration for your occupation.

List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment

Long Term Skill Shortage List