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What Does a Long-term Skill Shortage Look Like in New Zealand?

Even before Covid-19 complicated recruitment across much of the economy, the New Zealand Government had a list of occupations where ongoing and sustained shortages of skilled workers had been identified, not just in New Zealand, but around the world.

With several sectors in New Zealand relying on overseas workers and people on working holidays to meet their recruitment needs, the closure of our borders due to Covid-19 has magnified these skill shortages.

As a result, working in a role that is on the Long-Term Skill Shortage List has become one of the criteria for qualifying for the new 2021 Resident Visa.

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Occupations that are on the Long-Term Skill Shortage List are shown here. If you want to see the official list, it is on the NZ Immigration website.
  • Analyst programmer
  • Automotive electrician
  • Chef (chef de partie or higher)
  • Chemical engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Civil engineering technician
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Computer network and systems engineer
  • Construction project manager
  • Database administrator
  • Developer programmer
  • Diagnostic and interventional radiologist
  • Diesel motor mechanic (including heavy vehicle inspector)
  • Electric line mechanic
  • Electrical engineer
  • Electrical engineering technician
  • Electrician (general)
  • Electronic engineering technician
  • Electronics engineer
  • Engineering professional
  • Environmental engineer
  • Environmental research scientist
  • Food technologist
  • General practitioner
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • ICT business analyst
  • ICT customer support officer
  • ICT project manager
  • ICT quality assurance engineer
  • ICT security specialist
  • ICT support and test engineer
  • ICT support engineer
  • ICT systems test engineer
  • Industrial engineer
  • Materials engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Medical laboratory scientist
  • Medical radiation therapist
  • Multimedia specialist (film animator)
  • Multimedia specialist
  • Network administrator
  • Obstetrician and gynaecologist
  • Organisation and methods analyst
  • Other spatial scientist
  • Physicist (medical)
  • Physiotherapist
  • Procurement manager
  • Production or plant engineer
  • Project builder (including building project manager and site foreman)
  • Psychiatrist
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Registered nurse (aged care)
  • Software engineer
  • Software tester
  • Software and applications programmer
  • Sonographer
  • Specialist physician in palliative medicine
  • Structural engineer
  • Surgeon (general)
  • Surveyor
  • Systems administrator
  • Systems analyst
  • Telecommunications engineer
  • Telecommunications engineer
  • Telecommunications network engineer
  • Telecommunications network engineer
  • Veterinarian
  • Web developer

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