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Changes to Skills in Demand lists

Immigration New Zealand announced that the Ministry of Business, Innovation (MBIE) has completed its regular review of the Essential Skills in Demand (ESID) lists, and changes to the lists will take effect on 27 May 2019.

The ESID lists include the:

  • Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL)
  • the Regional Skill Shortage List (RSSL), which will replace the Immediate Skill Shortage List
  • Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List (CISSL).

MBIE regularly reviews the ESID lists to ensure they meet the changing needs of the labour market and to preserve employment opportunities for New Zealanders.

LTSSL review outcomes

The outcomes of the LTSSL review are to:

  • add Aged Care Registered Nurse
  • amend the listing ‘Construction Project Manager Roading and Infrastructure’ by extending the listing to include ‘Construction Project Manager’
  • decline submissions to add Carpenter to the LTSSL, however it remains on the CISSL.

RSSL review outcomes

The outcomes of the Immediate Skill Shortage List (now the RSSL) review are to:

  • add Early Childhood Teacher (all regions), Primary School Teacher (all regions) and Secondary School Teacher (all regions)
  • remove Construction Project Manager Roading and Infrastructure as this is now listed on the LTSSL
  • decline submissions to add Café/Restaurant Manager, Fitter (General), Wood Machinist
  • decline submissions to amend Quantity Surveyor.

CISSL review outcomes

The 2018/19 review did not include the whole CISSL, however 3 occupations have been added or amended as several construction-related occupations were submitted during the review and some were considered appropriate to be added to the CISSL.

The outcomes of the CISSL review are to:

  • add Building Associate
  • amend Plumber (General) to extend the listing to all regions
  • remove Stonemason for the Canterbury region – it will remain for Auckland and Northland.

About the ESID lists

You can find more information about the ESID lists on INZ website.

Skill Shortages – Essential Skills in Demand Lists (ESID)