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 over or under supply 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.

Is your role over or under supplied

You need to check if the role you're filling has an oversupply or undersupply of New Zealand job seekers. This will determine if you need a Skills Match Report or not.

Follow the steps below to check if your role is over or under supplied.

  • Step 1: Check if your role is oversupplied

    The oversupply list shows roles where we have a supply of New Zealand job seekers that are suitable or trainable.

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

    If your role is oversupplied

    We will not issue Skills Match Reports for roles that are oversupplied.

    We offer a no-fee recruitment service which you can use to find a New Zealand job seeker to fill this role.

    You'll need to contact Immigration New Zealand directly if you want to apply to hire a migrant.

    If your role is not oversupplied

    Go to step 2 and check if your role is undersupplied.

  • Step 2: 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 do not 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, go to Step 3 to get a Skills Match Report.

  • Step 3: Get a Skills Match Report

    You need a Skills Match Report to hire a migrant if:

    • your role is not oversupplied
    • your role is not undersupplied.

    How to get a Skills Match Report

    First: 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.

    Second: 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.

    Third: 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 for your vacancy
      • could be trained for your vacancy
    • how many job seekers you hired (if there was more than one position available)
    • what the job 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):
      • did not accept offer of work
      • not attending a job interview
      • failing a reference check
      • failing a medical or drug test
      • false information on CV
      • lack of 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.