Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is currently using Ministry of Social Development (MSD) undersupply and oversupply lists as their basis to determine if New Zealanders are available for jobs for certain occupations.
We are pleased to hear that from 1 December, some 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.
This means that if you are trying to fill a position that is on the undersupply list, you will not need to get a Skills Match Report, even if the job is paid below the New Zealand median wage.
The following hospitality occupations have been 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
Employers will still need to advertise their vacancies and demonstrate they have made genuine attempts to attract and recruit suitable New Zealanders.
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.