How do I know if my NZ job is ‘skille’ or ‘not’?

How do I know if my NZ job is ‘skilled’ or ‘not’?

How do I know if my NZ job is ‘skilled’ or ‘not’?

How do I know if my NZ job is ‘skilled’ or ‘not’?

I’m often asked to write pieces on Immigration Policy by my marketing team because they are more widely read than my musings on the life and times of New Zealand. I confess some reluctance to do it because the fundamental reality of Immigration Policy decision-making can’t usually be broken down into bite-size chunks. It is often the case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts on the one hand and different Immigration Officers interpreting the same rules in different ways on the other.

Today I want to attempt to explain how the Immigration Department decides whether the job offer that you have in New Zealand is ‘skilled’ or not.

The first thing they have to do is to decide whether the job that you have in New Zealand falls into a Skill Level 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 category. The lower the number the more highly skilled the occupation is, on the face of it. Occupations that fall into Skill Levels 1, 2 and 3 are assessed one way and those which fall into Skill Levels 4 and 5 another.

Dealing with the lower skill level first; if your occupation is Skill Level 4 or 5, the first consideration is what it will pay and the effective hourly rate earned. You must also hold a relevant, recognised qualification comparable to the learning outcomes of a Level 4 New Zealand qualification or higher, a qualification at Level 3 on a New Zealand Qualifications Framework which is exempt from assessment by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) or you must have three years of “relevant” work experience as a substitute for one of the two qualification options.

In terms of remuneration, the effective hourly rate before tax in terms of guaranteed income is NZ$36.44 per hour or higher excluding bonuses, commissions and the value of perks such as motor vehicles, cell phones and so on.

For the Skill Level 1, 2 or 3 occupations (which I should add covers most of our clients), the effective hourly rate must be at least NZ$24.29 per hour. These applicants must also have ‘relevant’ qualifications that are recognised for points and they must have a qualification at the level or above as dictated for their occupation in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) or a certain number of years of work experience in that occupation that might substitute (usually five, but never less than three).

In this regard, New Zealand has adopted an assessment process on jobs which increasingly looks like the Australian General Skilled Migration process and that is to say that you are expected to effectively ‘nominate’ an occupation that you believe fits with your job description. You need to be extremely careful what occupation you choose.

Irrespective of which occupational title you do choose, the Immigration Officer assessing your application is still meant to treat each case on its merit and assess your primary tasks in your role with the task lists for that occupation contained in the ANZSCO or another, more suitable. It can help you influence the outcome if you can work out the right one — which I should add is often almost impossible because in the real world most job descriptions overlap with that of other related occupations.

And that’s when the trouble really begins because the rulebook says that an applicant must complete “most” of the tasks listed for that occupation in ANZSCO. The problem with that is the task list provided in the ANZSCO for your job is often, at least in part, shared with other similar occupations which may or may not be ‘skilled’.

Take for example; Retail Manager. ANZSCO has a number of occupations which fall under the general title of Retail Manager and these include: Antique Dealer, Post Officer Manager, Travel Agency Manager, Hair Salon Manager, Betting Agency Manager and General Retail Manager. They are all different but will have some tasks in common. The rulebook lists up to eight primary tasks that these occupations might do. The Immigration Officer must therefore decide which of the 8 tasks apply to your particular ‘retail management’ job. On that, in my experience, they do not excel; not made any easier for them that applicants increasingly design their job descriptions and employment contracts around these ANZSCO tasks, for which I cannot blame them. INZ often these days starts with the assumption the role has been embellished or designed to fit the ANZSCO task list and sets out to satisfy themselves the applicant and employer have embellished the role. Sometimes they are right but in our experience with our clients, they are always wrong as we make sure this never happens – if the role isn’t skilled, our clients are told to go find one that is.

I’m sure I have lost you already and this is why I don’t like writing blogs about it because it’s really hard to explain but in a nutshell, what you need to do is:

Make sure you select the most appropriate title that maximises your chances of forcing an Officer to be satisfied that you do “most” of the tasks for that occupation as recorded in ANZSCO. Expect INZ to check with the employer by phone and/or a questionnaire asking them to list what you do all day (to try and catch you and/or your employer out).

Ensure you earn enough money — remember, it is no longer gross salary that determines skill but the ‘effective hourly rate’.

As an important aside, how does the Immigration Department calculate what your effective hourly rate is?

The answer is that they look at the hours that you “may” work and that is full of fish hooks. Most Employment Agreements in New Zealand will confirm that the normal weekly hours are 40 but other such hours as may be required from time to time are expected to be worked without additional remuneration. Sometimes, the Employment Agreement might say employees are expected to work “up to 45 hours a week”. If you might work 45 hours per week then Immigration will look at your gross salary, divide that by 52 and divide that by 45 and that will usually push down the effective hourly rate. That is, even if you only work 45 hours once a year…

This is causing major problems, especially for Human Resources Departments, as we are now constantly asking that Employment Agreements be written in such a way that it takes into account the hours the employer expect the applicant will work; not what they may be asked to work from time to time. Crazy system for establishing skill and as always when these rules are changed in the minds of the policy people to solve one problem (in this case, making it easier in theory to work out what is skilled and what is not), they end up opening a whole new can of worms.

But that is what they have to do and I hope that is of some use to you.

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The New Zealand job market ended 2017 and started 2018 on a very high note, with excellent job prospects for New Zealanders and prospective migrants alike.


The quarterly labour market scorecard, issued by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment notes that the unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent. Jobs in New Zealand are definitely there for those looking for the right opportunities to Immigrate to New Zealand. At 67.8% the employment rate is the highest on record since 1968! Labour supply is steady and labour quality has improved, with higher-qualified positions being fulfilled.

With more people in skilled employment and such a low unemployment rate, immigrating to New Zealand has hardly ever looked so enticing.


Construction jobs are still topping the list of advertised positions, with mining, resources and energy industry also rising strongly. To a lesser extent, but still important increase, the manufacturing, transport and logistics industry also delivered positive results with 30% more jobs and an average advertised salary of NZ$65,519. In the construction industry, the average advertised salary was NZ$103,048 in January 2018, the highest across all industries in New Zealand.


How easy is it to move to New Zealand? For starters, you will most likely need a job offer. We can help with this! Having an occupation on an absolute skills shortage list would be helpful but is not an absolute requirement. We will check that the offer meets the requirements and can constitute the base for a work visa or a residence application. Once confirmed, we will apply for a visa for you to work and live in New Zealand.


Employers cannot specifically target migrants to look for employees. However, some are struggling to find the right staff and talent within New Zealand, so your experience and skills may be very valuable and bridge the skill shortage gap.

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British Columbia invites 339 more skilled workers and graduates

British Columbia invites 339 more skilled workers and graduates in the latest draws

British Columbia invites 339 more skilled workers and graduates

British Columbia invites 339 more skilled workers and graduates

The Canadian province of British Columbia issued a total of 339 new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in draws that took place February 28 and March 7.

One of the draws conducted by the latest British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)’s was under the BC PNP Tech Pilot program, which helps the province’s technology sector in its efforts to recruit talent through streamlined weekly draws.

In its February 28 draw, the BC PNP issued invitations to skilled and semi-skilled workers and international graduates through its Skills Immigration and BC’s Express Entry categories. For candidates invited under the Express Entry BC: Skilled Worker and Express Entry BC: International Graduate, successful nomination results in applicants receiving 600 additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) at a subsequent draw from the federal Express Entry pool.

It is necessary to clarify that an invitation to apply for the BC PNP is not the same as the ITA issued at the federal level.

The minimum scores for each category involved in this draw were as follows:

Date Category Minimum Score Required Minimum Score Required
February 28, 2018  (Includes tech-only draw on March 7, 2018) EEBC – Skilled Worker 82 339
EEBC – International Graduate 82
SI – Skilled Worker 72
  SI – International Graduate 82
  SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 40

Applicants who received an invitation to apply now have up to 30 calendar days from the date of invitation to submit a complete application via the BCPNP Online registration system. An invitation to apply does not guarantee you will be approved for the nomination.

In order to be considered under the BC PNP, most candidates must have an indeterminate, full-time job offer from an employer in the province who is willing to support them through the application process.

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How to Get Canada Work Visa

How to Get Canada Work Visa

How to Get Canada Work Visa

How to Get Canada Work Visa

Getting Work Visa for Canada is very much difficult. There are various ways you can opt work visa for Canada. One of the ways is by getting LMIA i.e. Labour Market Impact Assessment. In order to get LMIA, you have to search for an employer who is from Canada. You have to search for a company which is based in any city of Canada.

In order to search for an employer there are certain ways you can do that:

  • Applying for a job through job portal such as Indeed, Monster etc.
  • Making friends online and make a contact with them.
  • Use Social networks such as LinkedIn so that you can be direct contact with the entrepreneurs.
  • Make Social Network Page and update the information and your work done.
  • Update all your works in your resume and show what you got!.

Check your niche and send your resume to the company by applying directly to them.

  1. Applying through job portals is a slow process and a bit of time-consuming. You will be competing with a large number of candidates. But it also plays a very important part in order to make a direct contact with the employers.
  2. Making friends online is very much usual nowadays. The whole world is online now. Don’t have your friend contact number? Use Facebook Messenger to message them. The trend of messaging, engaging with friends, making new friends etc is changing nowadays.
  3. LinkedIn is the best platform for which you can showcase yourself. You can update your profession; you can show your experience and the companies you have worked in. This is one of the best platforms by which you can message to employers what you got and the talent you can show them. Yes, you can also show this information on a resume by nowadays the trend is changing. You have to be creative. Don’t just write. “Show Proofs”.
  4. You can also make your Facebook Page and you can post your information so that people can see them. It won’t be about how many likes you got it’s about spreading the information you have. Whatever the niche you are in, you can publically post your information. Whereas you can also share facebook post on Facebook Messenger by sending them messages individually.
  5. If you are applying for a job through job portals you have to send a resume to each one of them. But before sending your resume please provide your information correctly and clearly. The resume is the best way to showcase yourself. So it is very necessary that you present yourself in a better way using your resume.
  6. I have seen many candidates who just apply for a job randomly. They don’t know their niche. It is very important to understand what you are best for. In order to show what you got you have to see what you are the best in. Show the employer what your real profession is.

If you have any queries related to Canada Work Visa, Contact Global Gateways 080-41142233.

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Five best cities in Canada for the immigrants

Five best cities in Canada for the immigrants- With the High number of Jobs and low unemployment!

Five best cities in Canada for the immigrants

Five best cities in Canada for the immigrants

When it comes to jobs in abroad, then Canada is the very first country which comes to our mind. For years we have known the fact that Canada is the dream place for every aspiring candidate who is looking ahead to settle abroad. If you are one among them, then let us check out the best five cities in Canada that are well known for the settlement of immigrants.

Milton- Low Unemployment Rate though Rentals are higher 

If you’re looking for a job, then the city of Milton is the best choice. This is one of the best rapidly expanding options when it comes to jobs with high salary packages. There is no doubt a bit of hike from the region of Toronto and almost an hour drive in the traffic. Significantly, it is quite farther when travelling by train. The city boasts of its low rate of unemployment. As compared to any other cities in the list, Milton has more immigration population. Though the rent is not very cheap, still it is difficult to say NO to a job opportunity in Milton. If you are very much concerned about your safety, then you should be aware of the fact that this city does not have a very low crime rate.

Ottawa- Lower Property Prices, Decent Public Transport System-

Ottawa is the nation’s capital and is the safest choice if you are looking for a good salaried job. As per the prediction made by the experts, it is said as one of the booming sectors for jobs in the near future. This is a posh location with all the facilities required for living available and accessible easily. The vacancy rates, as well as the real estate rent, are quite reasonable. The rate of unemployment is also quite higher as compared to other places. House prices are average and the city is quite safe with just a decent transit system.

Brossard, Quebec- High Paying Jobs – One of the favorite destinations of Immigrants

Brossard, Quebec is again one of the best places for immigrants. It has to offer a number of advantages like high paying jobs, affordable housing, low unemployment rates and cultural diversity. This city also boasts of the huge immigrant population, which is generally estimated at around 36%.

Brossard is known for being the best commercial hub in the Montreal’s south shore and consists of the highest diversified municipalities. The rent is quite low as compared to any other suburbs in this region. This will initially help the immigrants to settle down easily, which is otherwise a really big problem. The rate of job vacancy is quite high, which attracts immigrants from all across the globe.

It is said that Brossard has the second lowest real estate prices and also the rent is quite low as compared to other major cities. As per the studies it has been found that individuals can own their residential properties within just a matter of 3 years. The rate of crime is also low and individuals can ensure safety and security.

Mississauga Ontario- One of Safe Place for Immigrants- Lowest Crime Rate

Mississauga is situated in the north of the Ontario and it is easily accessible by highway or transit. It is known for having the second highest percentage of immigrants with a high vacancy rate as compared to any other city of Ontario. Mississauga is known for being one of the safe places to start a new life as an immigrant

Burlington- Fast getting fancy of Immigrants- though Jobs are lesser

If you are looking to settle down abroad then Burlington is a right choice. Although this place is not considered as the richest place in Canada, still the apartment vacancy rate is quite high. The rent is of equivalently less as compared to what you have to pay in other big cities in Ontario. The rate of unemployment is also less and it’s just an hour drive away from Toronto. The city does not have a huge population of immigrants, but with the rising development, it is becoming the major point of attraction among immigrants.

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