New Zealand - Skill Shortage

Skill Shortage

New Zealand has identified opportunities and skills required in the country. Migrants should be able to transfer those skills to New Zealand and link with local needs and opportunities.


Migrants are required to demonstrate the ability to contribute to and successfully settle in New Zealand.


The occupations identified as skill shortage in New Zealand are listed under different categories as mentioned below.

  • Long term skill shortage list (LTSSL): List of occupations where there is a sustained and on-going shortage of highly skilled workers. If you get a job in an occupation on the LTSSL and meet the list requirements, you may be granted a Work to Residence visa under the Long Term Skill Shortage List work visa.

  • Regional skill shortage list: List of occupations where skilled workers are required in particular regions of New Zealand and indicates that there are no New Zealand citizens or residents available to take up the position. If you are offered a job on the RSSL and meet the list requirements you may be granted an Essential Skills work visa.

  • Construction and Infrastructure skill shortage list: The Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List (CISSL) contains occupations in critical shortage in the Construction industry across New Zealand. If your skills appear on the CISSL and meet the list requirements, you may be granted an Essential Skills work visa. If the occupation is also on the LTSSL, then you may also be able to apply for residence.

  • Skilled Migrant Category: If your occupation is defined as skilled, you may be eligible to apply for a resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category. This is a points-based visa that considers factors such as age, work experience, your qualifications and an offer of skilled employment. To apply under the Skilled Migrant Category you must be aged 55 or under, meet the skill level for your occupation, and meet English language, health, and character requirements.
  • Ref: https://skillshortages.immigration.govt.nz/

Here is some information related to occupations that are in demand and fall under one of the Skill shortage categories mentioned above.


  • Teaching - Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary school teachers fall under the Regional skill shortage list and Skilled migrant category. Read more about Teaching in New Zealand.

  • Nurse (Aged Care) - Registered Nurses working in aged care facilities fall under the Long term skill shortage list and Skilled migrant category. Read more about Registered Nurse in New Zealand.

  • Hospitality - Chef falls under the Long term skill shortage list and Skilled migrant category in New Zealand. Baker falls under the Regional skill shortage list and Skilled migrant category in New Zealand. Read more about working as a Chef or Baker in New Zealand.

  • Construction and Engineering - Civil Engineers fall under the Long term skill shortage list, Construction and Infrastructure skill shortage list and the skilled migrant category. Quantity Surveyor falls under the Long term skill shortage list and Skilled migrant category in New Zealand. Mechanical Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Geotechnical Engineer and Industrial Engineers are some occupations that also fall under the Long term Skill shortage and the Skilled migrant category. Read more about working as a Civil Engineer or Quantity Surveyor in New Zealand.

  • Information Technology - Software Engineer, web developer, programmer, business analyst, project manager and analyst programmer fall under the Long term skill shortage and skilled migrant category in New Zealand. Read more about working in IT in New Zealand.
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