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Job Check

Once you are accredited, you need to apply for a job check for each role that you are looking to fill with a migrant worker.

If multiple positions are being filled for the same job, covered by the same advertising (if a labour market test is needed) and same proposed employment agreement, then only one job check is needed.

The job check confirms that:

  • the job pays the market rate
  • the terms and conditions comply with New Zealand employment laws and standards, and
  • you have done a labour market test (LMT) if you need to.

What is a Labour Market Test?

A labour market test (LMT) is the process of checking there are no New Zealand citizens or residents available to do the job that you are looking to hire a migrant worker for.

Whether you need to do an LMT or not depends on how much you are paying.

  • Highly paid jobs

If the job is paid at least 200% of the median wage, you do not need to advertise the role.

  • All other jobs

All other jobs must pay at least the median wage and you must have advertised to New Zealanders.

The Government is considering whether there will be any exemptions to the requirement to pay at least the median wage, and restrictions for some other roles.

What is Median wage?

The median wage rate is the minimum amount that must be paid by employers to hire migrant workers on an AEWV. The median wage was increased to NZD$31.61 in February 2024. The median wage increase has been paused for Accredited Employer Work visa applications, so it remains NZ$29.66 for these application types for the time being. The new median wage of NZD$31.61 an hour will still apply to other visa categories that use the it from February 2024, such as the Skilled Migrant Category and Parent Category.

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Multiple positions

Multiple positions for the same job can be included in one job check if the job details are the same (for example they have the same occupation, pay range, region or city and minimum job requirements), and are all covered by the same advertising (if a LMT is needed) and proposed employment agreement.

You can only hire a migrant worker on an Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) if the job passes the job check. Each role you are looking to fill with a migrant worker will require its own job check.

It is the responsibility of the employer to pay for each job check.

If you do not hire the migrant, you do not need to redo the job check to offer the job to another suitable applicant.

We guide you through the process to ensure you meet the relevant Immigration New Zealand requirements. Email us today.