What are the Essential Skills in Demand (ESID) Lists?The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment maintains three lists consisting of:
Search the lists using our Skill shortage list check.
When is the next review?The Immediate and Long Term Lists are reviewed annually by the Ministry. The 2016 review commenced on 18 April 2016. Decisions will be published under ‘Latest News’ about December.
The Canterbury List is reviewed more regularly. The next review is scheduled to be completed about April 2016.
If you are interested in submitting an occupation for review, this page guides you through the necessary steps.
If you have any questions about the review or you wish to be added to the ESID database, to receive information about the review, please contact: email@example.com. This database is designed for occupational groups (such as employer groups, trade unions and industry training bodies - not individual persons).
Please note that only queries relating to the addition, retention or removal of occupations on the lists will be responded to from the shortages review mailbox. If you have a query relating to your own immigration status or whether your qualifications/experience meet list criteria please contact Immigration New Zealand to discuss your query.
Criteria for changes to the ESID ListsThe review process places an emphasis on ensuring that there is sound evidence to support changes to the lists.
Before a new occupation is added to one of the lists, the following must be confirmed.
Long-term Skill Shortage List CriteriaFor an occupation to be added to the Long-term Skill Shortage List:
Canterbury ListThe review process involves a detailed analysis of:
As part of the new review process for the Canterbury list, it is not necessary for employers or industry to make submissions (as for the Immediate and Long- term Lists).
Key steps in the review process
The completion of an Occupation Nomination form is the first step in requesting that an occupation be:
Submissions must be made on the Occupation Nomination form [DOC, 90KB]. This example of a nomination [PDF, 182KB] may be useful as a guide for the information that we are seeking.
Important points for preparing a submissionThe submission process is an opportunity for stakeholders to provide additional information and different perspectives on the nature and extent of skill shortages in occupations selected for review. Stakeholder submissions are a vital source of information, helping to inform the Ministry’s final assessment of the status of occupations.
The following points must be considered when preparing a submission:
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