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Overseas Skilled Builders Needed in New Zealand to Overcome the Housing Crisis

December 2017, 18
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The Government in New Zealand has announced a major program for house building, to manage the housing shortage of the nation. Skilled workers in large numbers are needed in the construction industry.

Seven occupations related to building activities have been included in the Immediate Skill Shortage List to help the developers in recruiting foreign workers easily. This will help in active overseas recruitment from February 2018. The new jobs included in the Immediate Skill Shortage List are the carpenter, plasterer, roof plumber, fibrous plasterer, roof tiler, joiner and fibrous carpenter.

There have been a few additions in the occupations like panel beater, general motor mechanic, midwife, vehicle painter, and accountants. A few have been removed, like medical laboratory technician, dentists, and pharmacy technicians, dental technician, and poultry farmers.

The Shortage List has identified occupations which experience an immediate shortage of skilled workers throughout New Zealand. Migrants who wish to work in such occupations can get work visas in the Essential Skills instructions when they meet the norms of qualifications and experience.

Some changes have been made to the Long Term Skill Shortage List. Occupations with a sustained and ongoing shortage of skilled workers throughout New Zealand have been identified

The list of Occupations removed includes forest scientist, anesthetist, a petroleum engineer, pathologist, and renal medicine specialist.

Iain Lees-Galloway, Immigration Minister said that There is a plan by the Government, to build 100,000 affordable homes, over the next decade, and there is a need of skilled workers, in the construction industry to achieve this goal.  He went on to add that the Government would ensure to support employers to hire the people required by them wherever there is a genuine skill gap. The Addition of these seven occupations related to building in the ISSL will help the employers to get the migrants/people they need to construct the homes needed by the country. By employing skilled migrant workers, the immediate demand, for skilled people, will be met to increase the number of houses in New Zealand at a rapid pace.

The occupations of Employers, figuring on the ISSL, and the Long Term Skill Shortage List, are not required to go through the process of the labour market and do not require, proving that they are, unable to find a local person, for the job.

These removals and inclusions of occupations have been arrived at after analyzing economic, immigration and labor market data and having wide-ranging consultations with stakeholders, industry groups, and Government agencies.

He explained that the employers, wishing to facilitate entry of migrant workers, for doing the jobs that are not listed on the ISSL/LTSSL can go ahead if they show that a genuine search, was made, for duly qualified and trained workers of New Zealand.

He added that the Government was firmly committed, to strengthen the labor market test for issuing work visas, making the skill shortage lists focused to meet the regional needs, and thereby harmonizing the skills of migrant workers, to meet the demands of the industries/regions.

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