Skilled Migrant – changes effective 30/10/2019

The government recently added more occupations that are now to be regarded as skilled employment and may qualify for job offer points under the Skilled Migrant Category.


In order to qualify for points, the job must be paying at least the current median wage (or higher for certain occupations) at the time the residence application is lodged (median wage is currently NZD $25.50 per hour or $53,040 annually based on a 40 hour week).




  1. The median wage changes from time to time. 

  2. Other requirements must be met for a job offer to qualify for points including an employer’s compliance with employment and immigration laws, genuine and full-time employment, English language and so on. 

  3. Take advice to establish eligibility to apply for residence under Skilled Migrant before proceeding with an Expression of Interest.

Latest occupations now regarded as skilled employment grouped by sector


Community Workers

Child Care Worker

Child or Youth Residential Care Assistant

Family Day Care Worker

Out of School Hours Care Worker

Personal Care Assistant

Teachers' Aide

Refuge Worker

Personal Service Workers

Beauty Therapist

Bungy Jump Master

Civil Celebrant

Diving Instructor (Open Water)

Fishing Guide

Hunting Guide

Mountain or Glacier Guide

Outdoor Adventure Guides 

Outdoor Adventure Instructor

Tour Guide

Travel Consultant

Trekking Guide

Whitewater Rafting Guide

Clerical Workers

Bank Worker


Credit or Loans Officer

Import-Export Clerk

Insurance Investigator

Insurance Loss Adjuster

Machinery Operators

Crane, Hoist or Lift Operator

Footwear Production Machine Operator

Hide and Skin Processing Machine Operator

Knitting Machine Operator

Logging Plant Operator

Industrial Spraypainter

Paper and Pulp Mill Operator

Paper Products Machine Operator

Paving Plant Operator

Sawmilling Operator

Sewing Machinist

Textile Dyeing and Finishing Machine Operator

Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators 

Train Driver

Weaving Machine Operator

Waste Water or Water Plant Operator

Yarn Carding and Spinning Machine Operator

Construction Workers

Construction Rigger


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