The CISSL is intended to increase the available skill base of construction workers. It replaces the Canterbury Skill Shortage List and absorbs various construction roles from the Immediate Skill Shortage List in NZ.
The NZ Government has scrapped its KiwiBuild Visa plan in favour of wider proposed changes to immigration settings to fix a worker gap in construction. We cover the changes to immigration settings, in a nutshell.
A critical issue the Government needs to tackle is immigration limits vs economic growth. Ministers have suggested creating regional skill-shortage lists. But there’s no indication how these differ from the current immediate skill-shortage list for NZ. Meanwhile, the labour shortage is growing.
With Labour looking to create 100,000 new houses for first home buyers within the next decade, who is going to build these homes? With the New Zealand construction industry already facing a labour shortage and currently filling the skilled positions with overseas workers, who will be left to fill th