Most wanted in New Zealand – the skills and qualifications you need to get the jobs 

There are big skill shortages in New Zealand in a lot of different industries. Employers are always looking for qualified people to fill the skill gaps and do the jobs that we desperately need people to do.  

So, if you’re trying to figure out what you should study to have the best chance of getting a good job, it makes sense to go to the official source: the New Zealand Skill Shortage List. 

New Zealand Skill Shortage List

What’s the New Zealand Skill Shortage List and what occupations are on it? 

The Skill Shortage List is managed by Immigration New Zealand and is based on what New Zealand employers say are the jobs they struggle to find skilled workers for. The list covers heaps of sectors, careers, professions and trades where skilled workers are in demand. There are also categories for long-term, regional, and construction and infrastructure-specific skill shortages that are updated each year, so they stay up to date and relevant. 

Why does Immigration NZ manage the Skill Shortage list? 

We don’t have enough New Zealanders with the skills and qualifications we need to do all the jobs, so we have to get skilled workers from overseas. This doesn’t mean the jobs are only for overseas workers – it means that New Zealanders aren’t getting qualified for the jobs we need to fill. This must mean that no one is telling us what these jobs are. 

Well, now we’re telling everyone ... because it’s a smart move to get a qualification that will actually get you a job. 

Skilled Migrant Category resident visa 

If you’re not from New Zealand, but you think you’d like to live and work here, you should definitely look at the Skill Shortage list. 

If you have one of the New Zealand qualifications on the list (or an NZQA-recognised equivalent overseas qualification), it makes it easier to get residency in New Zealand.  

How to check what's on the Skill Shortage list 

Use the New Zealand Immigration Skill shortage list checker to see what kinds of skilled workers we’re looking for and find out the best industries to qualify for to get a great job.

 

Study at Central Campus to get qualified and get the job

If you study with us, you can qualify in these skill shortage areas and get on track to find a job that fits your skills and knowledge.

 

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