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New Zealand - Skill Shortage

Regional Skill Shortage

The Regional Skill Shortage List (RSSL) identifies occupations in-region that have an immediate shortage of skilled workers. The RSSL is divided into 15 regions and replaces the Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL), which was divided into 6. This expansion better reflects the skill shortages that exist in the regions and gives temporary migrants a better idea about opportunities in regional areas.

Here are some useful links that explore the changes to the RSSL and information on key industries and the New Zealand job market in greater detail.

You can also access the complete regional skill shortage list ​ here.


Registered Nurses who can work in the Aged Care sector can be eligible for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category or a Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa on account of the skill being listed in the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL).

The New Zealand Immigration link below explains the pathway to work or residence in New Zealand for Nurses in greater detail.

If you are an overseas qualified nurse, you will need to gain registration in NZ with the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

Once the nursing council accepts your registration you will need to complete a Competency Assessment Programme (CAP) to finalise the registration process.

Read here​ about CAP (Competency Assessment Programme)

Read here​ about studying Bachelor of Nursing

Kiwi Fern is able to assist you with the visa application to travel to New Zealand to complete the CAP programme.


Teachers (Pre-Primary/Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary) are in the Regional Skill Shortage List (RSSL) in all regions in New Zealand. If a profession is listed in the RSSL, the employer is not required to provide proof that there were no New Zealanders available to fill the position.

The required standard for an application are:

An NZ registration with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand; and

a provisional practising certificate; and

a minimum of two years’ relevant post-qualification work experience.

"Three teaching roles – early childhood, primary and secondary school teachers – have been added to all regions on the Regional Skill Shortage List. Adding these vital education sector positions to the lists will help us support the education sector, which is experiencing a teacher shortage.”

The New Zealand Immigration link below explains the pathway to work in New Zealand for Teachers (Pre-Primary/Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary) in greater detail.

Information about gaining a provisional practising certificate as well as an overview of teaching in New Zealand can be found via the link below.

If you are interested in teaching Early Childhood, you can read here​ about studying Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood).

Our team which is led by Aparna Prakash, a secondary school teacher herself, is best suited to assist you with the process of migrating to New Zealand to teach at all levels.

If you are interested, please fill out the ​ form so one of our team members can contact you.

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