New Zealand skills shortage


New Zealand skills shortage: Use this search tool to see if NZ needs you

Want to work in New Zealand? Well, the country might want you too, depending on your area of expertise.

New Zealand skills shortage


The country may look like a utopia to some, but there’s a New Zealand skills shortage that’s forcing the government to look overseas.

As BusinessTech report, The immigration department has created a tool specifically designed to bring in workers from foreign countries, so long as they meet certain criteria.

The search function is as simple as it gets. You simply type the name of your job into the bar, and it’ll bring up a few keywords as suggestions. Click on the one that’s the most relevant to your work.

New Zealand skills shortage: Do you fit the bill?

From there, you’ll be taken to a page that breaks your field down into four sections:

  • Skill Level Classification.
  • Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL).
  • Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL).
  • Canterbury Skill Shortage List (specifically jobs needed to fill in the Canterbury area).

If there is a tick next to the LTSSL or ISSL fields, you’ve got an open goal for applying to work and live in New Zealand. You may even get lucky enough to tick all four boxes if you’re required to work in Canterbury (South Island).

What is the Long Term Skill Shortage List?

It doesn’t just identify areas which New Zealand is struggling to find the staff, but looks at jobs where there are global shortages. The LTSSL has been set up to in those who can further advance the economic capabilities of the country.

What do I need to apply for LTSSL?

There are standard job requirements, but you also need to be making upwards of
NZ$45 000 a year – that equates to R400 000 annually.

You’ll also need to be quick off the mark: Only a few hundred positions are made available each year. But if you tick the right boxes, you could be a shoe-in.

What jobs are available on the Long Term Skills Shortage List in New Zealand?

BusinessTech also produced this handy table to identify what type of jobs meet the requirements and who can get their applications fired off right now: