Skill Shortages in New Zealand
New Zealand's Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment recognize areas where demand for skilled occupations is more than the supply. The skill shortage list helps to provide certainty for employers and potential migrants and let potential migrants easily find what skills are in demand in New Zealand. The skill shortage lists recognize the need for overseas professionals in different areas of the economy and cover regional skill shortages, long term skill shortages, and construction and infrastructure shortages. The Long-Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) identifies occupations where there is a sustained shortage of highly skilled workers throughout New Zealand. Also, employees working in long term skill shortage areas can avail residence permits of 2 years in New Zealand. This list includes a Civil Engineering Technician, Electrical Engineering Technician, and procurement management to name a few. The regional skill shortage list (RSSL) identifies the regions with occupations that have an immediate shortage of skilled workers. The regional skill-shortage list mostly includes jobs in agriculture and forestry and finance and business fields as well. Lastly, the Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List (CISSL) contains occupations in critical shortage in the Construction industry across New Zealand. It includes jobs like construction project manager, structural engineer, building associate, and many more.
One of the fundamental issues facing the developed world is their skill shortage as a result of regional mismatch, cyclical shifts, inadequate training levels, and labor market restructuring. Overall, six industries have been identified by the Government of New Zealand as having major gaps in terms of long-term skilled employees namely Construction, Engineering, Finance / Business, ICT, Electronics & Telecommunications, Health, and Social Services, Recreation, Hospitality, and Tourism.
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