The employment offered to people applying for an Essential Skills Work Visa is assigned a skill-band based on the pay-rate and the skill level of the most closely matching ANZSCO occupation.
There are 3 skill-bands: lower-skilled, mid-skilled, and higher-skilled.
The skill-band assigned to the employment offered helps to determine:
These are the threshold amounts for applications received prior to 15 January 2018:
These are the threshold amounts for applications received on or after 15 January 2018:
How the remuneration rates are calculated. We will look at a worker’s employment agreement to calculate how much they will be paid.
To ensure the skill bands are applied consistently, remuneration is calculated on the basis of payment per hour.
If an employment agreement details a number of different hourly payment rates, we will use the lowest rate to determine the employment skill-band. Where payment is by salary, and the number of hours worked each week can change, we may ask for evidence of the range of hours that will be worked.
To be considered mid- or higher-skilled, every hour worked must be paid above the relevant threshold amount.
A number of common payment scenarios are described below.