Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is currently using Ministry of Social Development (MSD) undersupply and oversupply lists to determine if New Zealanders are available for jobs for certain occupations in some regions.
From 1 December, more hospitality and tourism occupations will be added to the Queenstown area undersupply list (Queenstown, Arrowtown, Wanaka, Kingston, Glenorchy, Hawea and Wakatipu). This will allow more employers to support a work visa application for roles paid below the median wage.
The following occupations will be added to the undersupply list for the area covered by the Queenstown Lakes District Council:
- 351311 – Executive Chef, Head Chefs, Sous Chefs, Chef de Partie, Commis Chef
- 351411 – Cook
- 431111/ 431511 – Restaurant supervisor
- 431511 – Waiter
- 431111 – Bartender
- 431112 – Barista
- 851299 – Butchery assistant
- 851211 – Bakery assistant
- 851299 – Food trades assistant
- 851111 – Fast food cook
- 851311 – Kitchenhand
- 431411 – Concierge
- 542113 – Hotel or Motel Receptionist
- 811211 – Cleaner
- 431912 – Porter
- 811511 – Laundry Attendant
- 811411 – Housekeeper
- 452299 – Outdoor Adventure Guide
- 452217 – Raft Guides
- 452214 – Canyon Guide
- 451412 – Tour Guide
Employers will still need to advertise their vacancies and demonstrate they have made genuine attempts to attract and recruit suitable New Zealanders.
Employers should accurately match the job being offered to the ANZSCO (version 1.2) occupations. From next year (2021), INZ will transition to ANZSCO Version 1.3 for assessing skilled employment.
The updated Queenstown area undersupply list will be used in INZ’s assessment of Essential Skills work visa applications which are paid below the median wage from 1 December 2020 regardless of the date the application was submitted.