The government has announced a new median wage of NZD $31.61 per hour to be implemented in the immigration system by February 2024. While it may seem like a straightforward update, the implications for both employers and migrants are far-reaching.
In June 2023, the New Zealand Government announced the details of their highly anticipated new Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) visa.
Immigration New Zealand has launched a new tool that empowers migrants to verify if an employer holds accredited status.
The new tool allows users to check if an employer is currently accredited or not.
The government has just released the Green List residence policy details, including the fees and criteria in more detail.
The Green List is a new list of 85 occupations that qualify for a fast-track to residence or have access to a work to residence pathway.
The Job Check has been introduced to ensure that there are no suitable New Zealanders who can do a job before it is offered to a migrant worker. But it comes with a requirement to state the rate of overtime pay and hours guaranteed in the job contract.
The new Green List to fast track residency for some occupations fails to impress immigration lawyer Aaron Martin, who says it leaves out key occupations and won’t meet its objective to attract skilled migrants. He explains the problems and how some of them could be fixed.
It’s clear we have both a worker and skills shortage and that employers are finding it increasingly harder to find the talent they need to grow their business.
Immigration lawyer Aaron Martin explains why NZ businesses are suffering a shortage of both skills and labour – and why immigration policies fall well short of addressing the issue.
Our labour market is tight and is only going to get worse.