More Visas Granted for Low-Skill Jobs

July 5, 2016 New Zealand Finance

Come Fly with MeNew data suggests that since 2010 more migrants have been approved to work in low-skilled jobs in New Zealand, while the proportion of high-skilled workers being approved has dropped.

Recent modelling completed by the New Zealand immigration adviser AMG Immigration indicates that over the last 5 years a greater number of temporary work visas have been granted to low-skilled jobs.

Over the course of the 2015-16 year high-skilled jobs accounted for 68 percent of all Essential Skills visas approved in New Zealand, however, in 2010-11 such jobs made up 73 percent of all approvals.

Further, in 2010, top-tier applications made up the biggest proportion of approved visas, representing approximately 33 percent of all approved Essential Skills visas, but in 2015-16 the proportion had dropped to 23 percent.

At the same time, the lowest-tier of jobs rose from 9 percent of all approvals to 12 percent.

The modelling by AMG Immigration was completed by inspection of data made public by Immigration New Zealand, with cross reverences to the ANZSCO job skill listings.

In 2015-16 a total of 25 639 temporary work visas were approved in New Zealand.

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