Essential Skills in Demand Lists latest review
1 July 2011
The latest review of the Essential Skills in Demand Lists will be released on 11 July.
The Department of Labour regularly reviews the Lists to ensure they are responsive to the needs and requirements of the New Zealand workforce and economy.
The two lists maintained by Immigration New Zealand are the Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL) which includes occupations that are in immediate demand in the New Zealand labour market and the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) includes occupations that are in long term and global shortage.
The head of Immigration New Zealand, Nigel Bickle, says there will be a continuing review of occupations on the lists to ensure the occupations remain reflective of the current New Zealand workforce situation.
In the current review, nine occupations were added to the ISSL and one occupation was removed as there was no longer a shortage. One occupation one occupation was added to the LTSSL. Mr Bickle says the changes show that the Department’s policy is flexible and responsive to the changing face of the labour market and the economic volatility the country is experiencing.
The next Essential Skills in Demand Lists review commences on 4 July 2011 with the opening of expressions of interest. More information on the review process is available on the Department’s website: www.immigration.govt.nz/essentialskills