New Zealand Long Term Skills Shortage List (LTSSL) : The (LTSSL) is a list of occupations that the New Zealand Government has identified as having a sustained shortage of skilled workers. The list is designed to help New Zealand employers identify occupations where it is difficult to find qualified workers locally and to attract skilled workers from overseas to fill gaps in the labour market.
The occupations on the list are based on current demand and future projections and are reviewed regularly. The LTSSL includes occupations in professional, technical, and trade areas. It also includes occupations in the health, hospitality, and construction industries.
Employers who have a job vacancy in an occupation on the LTSSL may be able to hire a suitably qualified migrant worker from overseas. The Government’s Skilled Migrant Category Visa is available to people who have the necessary skills, qualifications, and work experience required for an occupation on the list.
The Government also provides support for employers and migrants under the Long Term Skill Shortage List Resident Visa and the Essential Skills Work Visa. These visas allow employers to employ migrant workers to fill skill shortages and help migrants to find skilled employment in New Zealand.
Some of the key benefits of New Zealand’s Long Term Skills Shortage List include:
1. Access to a larger pool of skilled workers: Employers who are on the Long Term Skills Shortage List (LTSSL) can access a larger pool of skilled workers from countries outside of New Zealand. This can help employers fill job vacancies that they may otherwise struggle to fill with local talent.
2. Fast-tracked visa applications: Employers on the LTSSL may have their visa applications fast-tracked by Immigration New Zealand. This means their foreign staff can start work in New Zealand more quickly than if they were applying through the normal immigration process.
3. Access to skilled workers with specialized skills: The LTSSL identifies occupations for which there is a genuine and ongoing shortage of skilled workers in New Zealand. This means employers can access workers with specialized skills that are not available from the local labour market.
4. Reduced recruitment costs: Employers on the LTSSL may be able to save money on recruitment costs as the list identifies occupations that are in high demand and can be filled more quickly.
5. Increased talent retention: Employers on the LTSSL may be able to retain skilled workers for longer periods of time, as their staff may be able to access permanent residency in New Zealand more quickly than if they were applying through the normal immigration process.
The full list can be found here: New Zealand’s Long Term Skills Shortage List
By I. Aikhoje for Skills Direction