Median wage hourly rate increase and chef qualification requirement removal
INZ is focused on attracting highly skilled migrant labour to help grow New Zealand’s economy. Two changes relevant to employers recruiting migrant workers have been announced.
NZD $27.76 to NZD $29.66 per hour
The median wage, currently NZD $27.76 an hour, will increase to NZD $29.66 on 27 February 2023. This affects the pay requirements for an Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) and other visas.
Chef Qualification requirement removed
From 18 October 2022, chefs will no longer need a New Zealand Certificate of Cookery (Level 4) or equivalent to be granted an AEWV. The Government’s decision to remove the requirement will allow employers to recruit highly skilled or experienced chefs who do not have formal qualifications.
They will still need to meet the median wage and market rate requirement.
Applications currently being processed by Immigration New Zealand can be assessed under the new instructions from 18 October. These new settings will apply for 12-18 months. Officials will work closely with the industry to develop a system to identify and assess skilled chefs.