Hire a migrant worker

If you have a vacancy for a role paying below the national median wage ($25.50 p/h), you may need a Skills Match Report. This will support a work visa application to hire a migrant.

If your vacancy is paying the national median wage ($25.50 p/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.

Information

People who are on a working holiday visa that's due to expire will automatically be granted a Supplementary Seasonal Employer (SSE) visa.

Find out if you can hire people on a SSE visa

Check if you need a Skills Match Report

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

Follow the steps below to see if you need a Skills Match Report.

  • Step 1 - Check if your role is oversupplied

    The oversupply list shows all the roles that have an oversupply of New Zealand job seekers. Check this list to see if your role is on it.

    Role is oversupplied

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

    If you want to hire a migrant, you can still submit a work visa application. Immigration New Zealand will consider the oversupply of NZ jobseekers when assessing the application.

    If you want to find a New Zealand candidate, we offer a no-fee recruitment service that you can use.

    Role is not oversupplied

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

  • Step 2 - Check if your role is undersupplied

    You need to check if the role you're filling has an undersupply of New Zealand job seekers.

    If it's on the list below, it's undersupplied.

    • Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Operator
    • Aircraft Refueller
    • Beef Cattle Farmer
    • Dairy Cattle Farm Worker, including:
      • Dairy Herd Manager
      • Herd Manager
    • Dairy Cattle Farmer, including:
      • Dairy Farm Assistant Manager
      • Dairy Farm Manager
    • Deck Hand
    • Fishing Hand
    • Furniture Removalist
    • Industrial Engineer
    • Mechanical Engineer
    • Plant Engineer
    • Production Engineer
    • Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
    • Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)
    • Registered Nurse (Community Health)
    • Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)
    • Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)
    • Registered Nurse (Medical)
    • Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
    • Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
    • Scaffolder
    • Steel Fixer
    • Truck Driver (General)
    • Tanker Driver
    • Tow Truck Driver

    Role is undersupplied

    If your role is undersupplied, you need to check if it's undersupplied in your region.

    Go to Step 3 to do this.

    Role is not undersupplied

    If your role is not undersupplied, go to Step 4 to get a Skills Match Report.

  • Step 3 - Check if your role is undersupplied in your region

    You need to know if the role you're filling is undersupplied in your Ministry of Social Development (MSD) region. MSD regions are different to City Council regions.

    You can do this by using our tool.

    • Select the button below
    • Enter your job's street location/address in the search bar (don't just enter a postcode)
    • Select the search icon.

    We'll tell you:

    • what MSD region you're in
    • what roles in your MSD region are undersupplied, and
    • Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) codes for those roles.

    Role is undersupplied in your region

    If there are not enough workers to fill the role you need in your MSD region, you do not need a Skills Match Report.

    You can go directly to Immigration New Zealand to apply to hire a migrant.

    Role is not undersupplied in your region

    If there are enough workers in your MSD region to fill the role you need, go to Step 4 to get a Skills Match Report.

  • Step 4 - 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, or
    • your role is not undersupplied in your region.

    Follow the steps below to get one.

    First - List your vacancy with us

    The first thing you need to do is demonstrate a genuine attempt to find a suitable New Zealand candidate for your vacancy. This includes someone who could be trained to do the role.

    To do this, you can list your vacancy with us

    We will:

    • contact you to discuss your vacancy and
    • list it in our offices and on our website.

    Second - Confirm if you can find a suitable NZ candidate

    If we can't help you find a suitable New Zealand candidate, 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 do this by calling us on 0800 778 008

    We'll send this report to you and Immigration New Zealand within 2 working days of your vacancy being closed.

    If you decide at a later time that you want a Skills Match Report, you need to contact us within 5 days of your vacancy being closed.

    What a Skills Match Report covers

    A Skills Match Report outlines:

    • how many candidates:
      • we found that:
        • are suitable for your vacancy
        • could be trained for your vacancy
      • 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 for not hiring candidates.