Skills Match Report changes

02 October 2020.

If you want to hire a migrant worker from 7 October 2020, the process for getting a Skills Match report will change.

What's changing

Currently you need to list your vacancy with us to try and find a suitable NZ candidate to fill your role. If you can't find a suitable NZ candidate, we'll send you a Skills Match Report to support a work visa application.

From 7 October 2020, if the role you're filling is:

  • oversupplied, we will not issue a Skills Match Report. If you want to hire a migrant, you can still submit a work visa application. Immigration New Zealand will consider the oversupply of NZ jobseekers when assessing the application.
  • undersupplied in your region, you will not need to get a Skills Match Report to support a work visa application.

If your role is not oversupplied or undersupplied in your region, you will need a Skills Match Report to hire a migrant.

The process to get a Skills Match Report will not change. This is detailed on our 'Hiring someone from overseas' web page.