New Zealand immigration makes important changes to Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL)

- Posted in New Zealand by Visa Bureauon 12 June 2009

The New Zealand immigration department reviews the New Zealand Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL) twice per year so that it remains reflective of the economy's current needs.  The most recent review into the skills shortages in the country has lead to the removal of 44 occupations from the list.

Employers will still be able to source overseas workers for those occupations removed from the ISSL, so long as those employers prove to the New Zealand immigration authorities that they have exhausted the local New Zealand labour market first.  New Zealand immigration authorities are adamantly testing the local labour market before granting any New Zealand work permit to overseas workers.

The following occupations will be removed from the ISSL as of Monday 15 June 2009:

  • Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator
  • Autoglazier
  • Baker
  • Bicycle Mechanic
  • Binder and Finisher (Perfect Binder)
  • Binder and Finisher (Print Finisher)
  • Bricklayer
  • Butcher or smallgoods maker
  • Cabinetmaker (marine)
  • Carpenter (including builder)
  • Crane, Hoist or Lift Operator
  • Dental Assistant
  • Drainlayer
  • Earthmoving Labourer (Asphalt, concrete, chip sealing and road pavement workers only)
  • Electronic equipment and electronic instrument trades worker
  • Motor mechanic (automotive technician) 
  • Painting trades worker (painter, decorator and paper hanger)
  • Paving Plant Operator (Roading)
  • Pig Farmer (Farm Manager) (Pork Industry)
  • Pig Farm Worker (Senior Stockperson only)
  • Plasterer (fibrous and solid)
  • Plastics Die Setter 
  • Printing machinist (die cutter operator)
  • Printing machinist (die maker)
  • Printing machinist (flexographic printer)
  • Printing machinist (folder gluer operator)
  • Printing machinist (folder operator)
  • Printing machinist (sheet-fed offset printer)
  • Printing machinist (stitcher operator)
  • Product Assembler (Aluminium Joiner)
  • Reinforced Plastic and Composite Production Worker (Fibreglass)
  • Reinforced Plastic and Composite Production Worker (Marine Laminator)
  • Roof Tiler and Plumber
  • Roof Tiler and Roof Plumber (Supervisor)
  • Scaffolder
  • Screen Printer
  • Sheep Farm Worker (Senior Shepherd/ Stock Manager)
  • Sheep Farm Worker (Shepherd only)
  • Sheetmetal trades worker
  • Sommelier
  • Textile Dyeing and Finishing Machine Operator (Fabric Finishing Specialist/Technologist)
  • Travel Consultant (Senior)
  • Vehicle painter (including refinisher)
  • Web-offset Printer 

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