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The Long Term Skill Shortage List is a list of occupations in New Zealand recognised as having an identified and absolute (sustained and ongoing) shortage of skilled workers.

Occupations listed on the New Zealand Long Term Skill Shortage List (formerly called the POL) are considered to be in shortage on all regions of the New Zealand Immediate Skill Shortage List (formerly called the OSL).

The following professional groups are outlined in the LTSSL:

Long Term Skill Shortage List
Professionals
Occupation Long Term Skill Shortage List Requirements Qualifications must be comparable to the standard of the New Zealand qualification listed Qualifications required for the Purposes of the Job Search Policy for General Skills Category applicants and for the purposes of claiming bonus points for qualifications in an area of absolute shortage under the Skilled Migrant Category Qualifications must be comparable to the standard of the New Zealand qualification listed
Architect

232111

Bachelor of Architecture or equivalent AND NZ registration Bachelor of Architecture or equivalent AND NZ registration
Auditor

221213, 221214

External Auditor: Bachelor Degree (Level 7) qualification majoring in accountancy and membership or provisional membership with the New Zealand Institute of Chartered
Accountants (NZICA). Internal Auditor: Certified Internal Auditor.
External Auditor: Bachelor Degree (Level 7) qualification majoring in accountancy and membership or provisional membership with the New Zealand Institute of Chartered
Accountants (NZICA). Internal Auditor: Certified Internal Auditor.
Civil Engineering Technician

312212

National Diploma in Civil Engineering (Level 6) or Level 6 Diploma in Civil Engineering and at least three years work experience including at least 12 months relevant work experience in the past 18 months Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) or Bachelor of Education - Teaching (Secondary)
Early Childhood (Pre-primary) School Teacher

241111

A qualification in Early Childhood Education (ages 0-5) at a minimum of Level 7, which is approved by the New Zealand Teachers Council AND NZ registration A qualification in Early Childhood Education (ages 0-5) at a minimum of Level 7, which is approved by the New Zealand Teachers Council AND NZ registration
Electrical Engineering Technician

312312

Bachelors degree in Engineering (Level 7) majoring in electrical engineering AND three years relevant experience Bachelors Degree in Engineering (Level 7) majoring in electrical engineering

Engineering Professionals

233111 to 233999

Telecommunications Engineering Professionals

263311, 263312

Bachelor Degree (level 7) qualification and registered on the International Professional Engineers Register or Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Engineers Register OR a Washington Accord accredited engineering degree A Washington Accord accredited engineering degree

Environmental Research Scientist

234313

Bachelor of Science or Applied Science in environmental studies Bachelor of Science or Applied Science in environmental studies

Food Technologists

234212

Bachelor of Science (Food Science) OR Bachelor of Technology (Food Science) OR Bachelor of Engineering (Food Engineering) AND a minimum of three years relevant work experience in the industry Bachelor of Science (Food Science) OR Bachelor of Technology (Food Science) OR Bachelor of Engineering (Food Engineering)

Life Scientist (Regulatory Toxicologist)

234599

Bachelor degree in toxicology or ecotoxicology OR bachelor degree in a related science (such as chemistry, biology or pharmacology) and a post graduate toxicology or ecotoxicology qualification Bachelor degree in toxicology or ecotoxicology OR bachelor degree in a related science (such as chemistry, biology or pharmacology) and a post graduate toxicology or ecotoxicology qualification

Project Builder (including Building Project Manager and Site Foreman)

133112

National Diploma in Construction Management (Level 6) AND three years relevant postqualification experience National Diploma in Construction Management (Level 6)

Quantity Surveyor

233213

Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying) AND three years relevant post-qualification experience Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying)

Secondary School Teachers

241411

Bachelors degree (or equivalent) with a major in a NZ teaching subject AND a secondary teaching qualification
recognised for registration purposes by the New Zealand Teachers Council OR a four-year Bachelor of Education/Teaching (Secondary) with a major in a NZ teaching subject
Bachelors degree (or equivalent) with a major in a NZ teaching subject AND a secondary teaching qualification
recognised for registration purposes by the New Zealand Teachers Council OR a four-year Bachelor of Education/Teaching (Secondary) with a major in a NZ teaching subject

Social Worker

272511

Bachelor of Social Work OR Graduate Diploma of Social Work Bachelor of Social Work OR Graduate
Diploma of Social Work

Supply and Distribution Manager (Procurement Professional)

133611

Minimum of five years relevant experience AND professional certification by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Australasia (MCIPS) Minimum of five years relevant experience AND professional certification by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Australasia (MCIPS)

Surveyors

232212

 

Bachelor of Surveying Bachelor of Surveying

University Lecturer

242111

 

Masters degree or PhD Masters Degree or PhD (Level 9 or 10) AND at least twelve months work experience as a university lecturer (or
a post doctoral fellow)

Urban and Regional Planners

232611

 

Bachelors degree (or higher) in environmental or resource planning Bachelors degree (or higher) in environmental or resource planning

Veterinarian

234711

Bachelor of Veterinary Science OR equivalent, approved by the Veterinary Council of New Zealand AND registration with the New Zealand Veterinary Council Bachelor of Veterinary Science OR equivalent, approved by the Veterinary Council of New Zealand AND registration with the New Zealand Veterinary Council
Long Term Skill Shortage List
Health Groups
Occupation Long Term Skill Shortage List Requirements Qualifications must be comparable to the standard of the New Zealand qualification listed Qualifications required for the Purposes of the Job Search Policy for General Skills Category applicants and for the purposes of claiming bonus points for qualifications in an area of absolute shortage under the Skilled Migrant Category Qualifications must be comparable to the standard of the New Zealand qualification listed

Ambulance Paramedic(Advanced Life Support)

411112

Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) (Level 7) AND two years experience in this role Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) (Level 7) AND two years experience in this role

Ambulance Paramedic(Intermediate Life Support)

411112

Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) (Level 7) AND two years experience in this role National Diploma in Ambulance (Paramedic) (Level 7) AND two years experience in this role
Anaesthetics Technician

311211

Certificate in Anaesthetic Technology Certificate in Anaesthetic Technology
Anaesthetist

263211

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and registered within a provisional vocational or vocational scope of practice with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

Anatomist or Physiologist (Clinical Respiratory Physiologist/Scientist)

234512

Postgraduate qualification in respiratory science and being a Certified Respiratory Function Scientist (credentialed by the Australia and New Zealand Society of Respiratory Scientists (ANZSRS)) or equivalent Postgraduate qualification in respiratory science and being a Certified Respiratory Function Scientist (credentialed by the Australia and New Zealand Society of Respiratory Scientists (ANZSRS)) or equivalent
Audiologist

252611

Master of Audiology Master of Audiology

Cardiac Technician (Clinical Cardiac Physiologist)

311212

Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Technology AND two years relevant work experience AND NZ registration Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Technology AND two years relevant work experiences

Clinical Psychologist

272311

Educational Psychologist

272312

Master of Psychology OR Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology AND NZ registration Master of Psychology OR Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology AND NZ registration

Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist

253917

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery AND registered within a provisional vocational or vocational scope of practice with MCNZ Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery AND registered within a provisional vocational or vocational scope of practice with MCNZ
Dietician

251111

Bachelor of Science (Human Nutrition) or Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics and NZ registration Bachelor of Science (Human Nutrition) or Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics

General Medical Practitioner

253111

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery AND registered within a provisional general, general provisional vocational or vocational scope of practice with MCNZ Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery AND registered within a provisional vocational or vocational scope of practice with MCNZ

Intensive Care Specialist

253317

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery AND registered within a provisional vocational or vocational scope of practice with MCNZ Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery AND registered within a provisional vocational or vocational scope of practice with MCNZ

Medical Diagnostic Radiographer

251211

Medical Radiation Therapist

251212

Nuclear Medicine Technologist

251213

Bachelor in Health Science specialising in Medical Radiation Therapy OR specialising in Medical Imaging AND NZ registration Bachelor in Health Science specialising in Medical Radiation Therapy OR specialising in Medical Imaging AND NZ registration
Medical Laboratory Scientist [including cytotechnologist (cytoscientist)]

234611

Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science and NZ registration Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science and NZ registration

Medical Oncologist

253314

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery AND registered within a provisional vocational or vocational scope of practice with MCNZ Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery AND registered within a provisional vocational or vocational scope of practice with MCNZ

Midwife

254111

Bachelor of Midwifery AND NZ registration Bachelor of Midwifery AND NZ registration
Nurse – includes Nurse Manager (254311)
Nurse Researcher (254212), Nurse Practitioner (254411), Registered Nurses
(254412 to 254499)
Bachelor of Nursing or Diploma in Comprehensive Nursing, diploma or hospital based certificate and NZ registration Bachelor of Nursing or Diploma in Comprehensive Nursing, diploma or hospital based certificate and NZ registration
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

253913

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and registered within a provisional general or general cope of practice with MCNZ Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and registered within a provisional general or general cope of practice with MCNZ
Occupational Therapists

252411

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy or Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy) and NZ registration Bachelor of Occupational Therapy or Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy) and NZ registration

Osteopath

252112

Masters degree in Osteopathy AND NZ registration Masters degree in Osteopathy AND NZ registration
Pathologist

253915

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and registered within a provisional vocational or vocational scope of practice with MCNZ Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and registered within a provisional vocational or vocational scope of practice with MCNZ

Pharmacists (Hospital, Industrial and Retail)

251511 to 251513

Bachelor of Pharmacy AND NZ registration Bachelor of Pharmacy AND NZ registration

Physicist (Medical)

234914

Masters degree in Medical Physics Masters degree in Medical Physics
Physiotherapist

252511

Bachelor of Physiotherapy and NZ registration Bachelor of Physiotherapy and NZ registration
Psychiatrist

253411

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and registered within a provisional vocational or vocational scope of practice with MCNZ Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and registered within a provisional vocational or vocational scope of practice with MCNZ
Radiation Oncologist

253918

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and registered within a provisional vocational or vocational scope of practice with MCNZ Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and registered within a provisional vocational or vocational scope of practice with MCNZ
Renal Medicine Specialist

253322

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and registered within a provisional vocational or vocational scope of practice with MCNZ Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and registered within a provisional vocational or vocational scope of practice with MCNZ
Sonographer

251214

Graduate Diploma in Medical Ultra Sonography Graduate Diploma in Medical Ultra Sonography

Specialist Physician in Palliative Medicine

253399

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery AND registered within a provisional vocational or vocational scope of practice with MCNZ Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery AND registered within a provisional vocational or vocational scope of practice with MCNZ
Speech Language Therapist

23412

Bachelor of Speech and Language
Therapy, AND/OR Masters of Speech
and Language Therapy
Bachelor of Speech and Language
Therapy, AND/OR Masters of Speech
and Language Therapy
Surgeon (General)

253511

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery AND registered within a provisional vocational or vocational scope of practice with MCNZ Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery AND registered within a provisional vocational or vocational scope of practice with MCNZ

Long Term Skill Shortage List
Trades
Occupation Long Term Skill Shortage List Requirements Qualifications must be comparable to the standard of the New Zealand qualification listed Qualifications required for the Purposes of the Job Search Policy for General Skills Category applicants and for the purposes of claiming bonus points for qualifications in an area of absolute shortage under the Skilled Migrant Category Qualifications must be comparable to the standard of the New Zealand qualification listed
Automotive Electrician

321111

National Certificate in Automotive Engineering Level 4 OR National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical Engineering) Level 4 National Certificate in Automotive Engineering Level 4 OR National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical Engineering) Level 4
Diesel Motor Mechanic

321212

National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Heavy Engineering) Level 4 AND minimum of three years relevant work experience National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Heavy Engineering) Level 4 AND minimum of three years relevant work experience

Electric Line Mechanic

342211

National Certificate in Electricity Supply (Line Mechanic Distribution) (Level 4) or National Certificate in Electricity Supply (Line Mechanic Transmission) (Level 4) and NZ registration as a line mechanic with the Electrical Workers Registration Board National Certificate in Electricity Supply (Line Mechanic Distribution) (Level 4) or National Certificate in Electricity Supply (Line Mechanic Transmission) (Level 4) and NZ registration as a line mechanic with the Electrical Workers Registration Board

Electrician (General)

341111

New Zealand Electrical Registration New Zealand Electrical Registration

Long Term Skill Shortage List
Information Technology (IT)
Occupation Long Term Skill Shortage List Requirements Qualifications must be comparable to the standard of the New Zealand qualification listed Qualifications required for the Purposes of the Job Search Policy for General Skills Category applicants and for the purposes of claiming bonus points for qualifications in an area of absolute shortage under the Skilled Migrant Category Qualifications must be comparable to the standard of the New Zealand qualification listed

ICT Professionals

261111 to 263312

ICT Customer Support Officer (Technical advice and Consultancy)

313112

Organisation and Methods Analyst

224712

ICT Project Manager

135112

 

Bachelor Degree (Level 7) qualification majoring in computer science, information science or information technology AND three years of relevant work experience Bachelor Degree (Level 7) qualification majoring in computer science, information science or information technology

Long Term Skill Shortage List
Creative
Occupation Long Term Skill Shortage List Requirements Qualifications must be comparable to the standard of the New Zealand qualification listed Qualifications required for the Purposes of the Job Search Policy for General Skills Category applicants and for the purposes of claiming bonus points for qualifications in an area of absolute shortage under the Skilled Migrant Category Qualifications must be comparable to the standard of the New Zealand qualification listed

Multimedia Designer (Film Animator)

232413

Minimum of three years specialist work experience in film animation in Maya, Soft Image/ XSI, 3D Studio Max, Combustion, After Effects, Unix, Linux, C, C++, Perl, GUI, CGI

Bachelor Degree (Level 7) qualification majoring in multimedia, computer graphics, digital design, computer programming or software development AND minimum of three years specialist work experience in film animation

Long Term Skill Shortage List
Electronics
Occupation Long Term Skill Shortage List Requirements Qualifications must be comparable to the standard of the New Zealand qualification listed Qualifications required for the Purposes of the Job Search Policy for General Skills Category applicants and for the purposes of claiming bonus points for qualifications in an area of absolute shortage under the Skilled Migrant Category Qualifications must be comparable to the standard of the New Zealand qualification listed

Electronic Engineering Technician

312412

National Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) (Electronics), OR relevant Bachelor Degree (Level 7) qualification (for example, BTech in Electronics, BSc or BE) AND three years work experience AND at least 12 months relevant work experience in the past 18 months National Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) (Electronics), OR relevant Bachelor Degree (Level 7) qualification (for example, BTech in Electronics, BSc or BE)

Electronics Engineer (Design Engineers – Electronics/Product Engineer)

233411

Bachelor Degree (Level 7) qualification majoring in electronics, computer science or telecommunications AND three years of work experience with at least 12 months relevant work experience in the past 18 months Bachelor Degree (Level 7) qualification majoring in electronics, computer science or telecommunications

Management & Project Management staff

139999

Bachelor Degree (Level 7) qualification majoring in electronics, computer science, or telecommunications AND three years of work experience with at least 12 months relevant work experience in the past 18 months Bachelor Degree (Level 7) qualification majoring in electronics, computer science, or telecommunications

Long Term Skill Shortage List
Service and Sales
Occupation Long Term Skill Shortage List Requirements Qualifications must be comparable to the standard of the New Zealand qualification listed Qualifications required for the Purposes of the Job Search Policy for General Skills Category applicants and for the purposes of claiming bonus points for qualifications in an area of absolute shortage under the Skilled Migrant Category Qualifications must be comparable to the standard of the New Zealand qualification listed
Chef

351311

Either National Certificate in Hospitality (Professional Cookery) Level 4 OR National Certificate in Hospitality (Cookery) Level 4 plus National Certificate in Hospitality (Basic Cookery) (Level 3) OR a Level 5 Diploma (specialising in the area of professional cookery) AND a minimum of five years combined experience in establishments offering a la carte/banqueting or commercial catering, with a minimum of two years at Chef de Partie (Section Leader level or higher) Either National Certificate in Hospitality (Professional Cookery) Level 4 OR National Certificate in Hospitality (Cookery) Level 4 plus National Certificate in Hospitality (Basic Cookery) (Level 3) OR a Level 5 Diploma (specialising in the area of professional cookery) AND a minimum of five years combined experience in establishments offering a la carte/banqueting or commercial catering, with a minimum of two years at Chef de Partie (Section Leader level or higher)