Hiring migrant workers

To hire a migrant worker you may need a Skills Match Report to support a work visa application. This depends on how much the role pays, and if there's an undersupply of New Zealand job seekers for the role.

If you have a vacancy for a role paying below $27p/h (national median wage), you may need a Skills Match Report. This will support a work visa application to hire a migrant.

If your role pays $27p/h or above, you don't need a Skills Match Report. You can go directly to Immigration New Zealand to apply to hire a migrant.

How to get a Skills Match Report:

  • Step 1: Check if your role is undersupplied

    The undersupply list shows roles where we have an undersupply of New Zealand job seekers that are suitable or trainable.

    Check this list to see if your role is on it for your region.

    If your role is undersupplied

    If your role is undersupplied in your region, you don't need a Skills Match Report. You can go directly to Immigration New Zealand to apply to hire a migrant.

    If your role is not undersupplied

    If your role is not undersupplied, continue to Step 2.

    List of oversupplied roles

    Before 1 October 2021 you also had to check if your role was oversupplied in your region. This has now been removed, and you only need to check if your role is undersupplied in your region before you apply for a Skills Match Report.

  • Step 2: List your vacancy with us

    You need to demonstrate a genuine attempt to find a suitable New Zealand job seeker for your vacancy. This includes someone who could be trained to do the role.

    To do this, you can list your vacancy with us. Once you've done this, we'll:

    • contact you to discuss your vacancy and
    • list it in our offices and on our website.
  • Step 3: Confirm if you can find a suitable New Zealand job seeker

    If we can't help you find a suitable New Zealand job seeker, we'll close your vacancy and contact you to let you know.

    You can then look to hire a migrant.

  • Step 4: Ask us for a Skills Match Report

    You need to ask us for a Skills Match Report to support a work visa application. You can only do this after you've listed your vacancy with us and have been unable to find a suitable New Zealand job seeker.

    You can ask for a Skills Match Report by calling us on 0800 778 008. We'll send the report to you and Immigration New Zealand within 2 working days of your vacancy being closed.

A Skills Match Report outlines:

  • how many job seekers we found that:
    • are suitable match for your job vacancy
    • could be trained for your job vacancy
  • how many job seekers you hired (if there was more than one position available)
  • what the job vacancy was, including the:
    • location
    • pay rate
    • skills required
    • job description
  • the reasons you've given for not hiring New Zealand job seekers (from the following list):
    • didn't accept job offer
    • didn't attend a job interview
    • failed a reference check
    • failed a medical or drug test
    • false information on CV
    • no relevant experience
    • no relevant qualifications
    • no suitable vehicle/licence
    • poor culture fit
    • poor interview and/or attitude
    • poor presentation
    • not able to contact
    • undesirable social media activity
    • undisclosed criminal convictions
  • Whether you've adequately engaged with us:
    • 'NA' indicates this information is not needed as there is already sufficient information in your report
    • 'Yes' indicates you have strong engagement with us, for example you've hired some of the people we've referred to you, or used some of our employment products
    • 'No' indicates active disengagement with us, for example an employer has refused to engage with us throughout the recruitment process.