NZ Changes to Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL)

December 8, 2009

The biannual review of the LTSSL, which is administered by the Department of Labour, includes the removal of six occupations, addition of five occupations and minor changes to occupation requirements. The list comprises occupations deemed to be in long-term shortage in the New Zealand labour market. Removal of occupations
The removal of the occupations from the list is the result of extensive consultation with industry groups, other stakeholders and relevant government agencies. Removal of occupations from the LTSSL does not mean employers cannot recruit migrants in those occupations. An employer can demonstrate genuine attempts to recruit a suitable New Zealander, as is the process with all other occupations. If, after the labour market is tested, Immigration New Zealand is satisfied no suitable New Zealanders are available in that location then temporary work permits may still be granted.

The occupations being removed from the LTSSL with effect from Thursday, 26 November 2009 are:

  • Boat Builder and Repairer
  • Fitter and Turner
  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic
  • Fruit or Nut Grower (Orchard Manager)
  • Market Gardener (Crop Production/Agronomist Manager)
  • Mixed Crop Farmer (Grower Manager)

The last three occupations above have been added to the Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL). Addition of occupations
The following occupations will be added to the LTSSL:

  • Life Scientist (Regulatory Toxicologist)
  • Medical Oncologist
  • Supply and Distribution Manager (Procurement Professionals)
  • Diesel Motor Mechanic.
  • Physicist (Medical)