Jobs in skill shortage

Skill shortages happen when employers find it hard to get staff with the right skills for the job. Knowing which jobs are in skill shortage can help you choose the best job option or decide what subjects to study. 

Reasons for skill shortages

Skill shortages can happen because:

  • there aren't enough workers with the right skills available
  • turnover is high because workers are unhappy with pay or working conditions 
  • there is a general labour shortage, such as during low unemployment.

Skill shortages can change due to:

  • changes in technology or the economy
  • skilled workers moving to another country
  • an ageing workforce.

Immigration New Zealand's skill shortage lists 

When jobs appear on Immigration New Zealand's skill shortage lists, this means the Government is actively encouraging skilled workers from overseas to work in that role in New Zealand.

Find out what jobs are currently on Immigration New Zealand's long-term, regional, and construction and infrastructure skill shortage lists within the following industries.

Jobs in Farming, Fishing, Forestry and Mining

Agriculture and Horticulture

Arborists plant and remove trees, prune branches and treat disease.

Beekeepers look after beehives in apiaries that produce honey, wax, pollen and other bee products. They may also offer pollination services to horticultural and seed crop producers.

 

Crop farmers/managers plan and manage plant production on farms and in vineyards and hothouses.

Dairy farmers plan and manage milk production by cows, maintain pasture and monitor environmental impacts on farms.

Farmers/farm managers manage and work on farms. Farmers own or lease the land, while farm managers operate farms for farm owners.

Dairy farm managers manage farming operations and staff for dairy farm owners.

Sharemilkers either milk a dairy farmer's cows for a profit share, or own a herd of cows and milk them on an owner's land for a profit share.

Viticulturists grow and harvest grapes from grapevines, and manage vineyards.