17 March 2009

Increased numbers of semi-skilled workers are looking for work in NZ

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According to an immigration lawyer, an increased number of semi-skilled workers are looking for work in New Zealand, reports Radio New Zealand.

Although Wellington immigration lawyer Richard Small has noticed fewer New Zealand work permits are being issued to foreign nationals, he says the criteria for obtaining a work permit has become more restrictive, reflecting the larger number of semi-skilled workers looking for work in New Zealand.

The essential skills work policy, which was introduced last July, allows employers to hire foreign workers if they cannot find local workers to fill that position.

Since the introduction of this policy, the Government has made it harder for employers to sponsor semi-skilled migrants to emigrate to New Zealand.

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