The Department of Labor of New Zealand has removed six meetings from Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) effective from 26th November 2009. On the other hand, five new occupations have been included in the list in the biannual review of the LTSSL recently. The list notifies the occupations that are held to be in long-term shortage in the country's labor market and guides the award of bonus points for employment under the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC).
Six occupations which have been delisted are Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic, Boat Builder and Repairer, Fitter and Turner, Mixed Crop Farmer (Grewer Manager), Fruit or Nut Grewer (Orchard Manager) and Market Gardener (Crop Production / Agronomist Manager). Similarly, five new occupations finding place in the LTSSL are Medical Oncologist, Physicist (Medical), Life Scientist (Regulatory Toxicologist), Diesel Motor Mechanic and Supply and Distribution Manager (Procurement Professionals).
However, employers can still hire migrants in delisted occupations after demonstrating that no suitable New Zealander was found despite reasonable efforts. In such cases, Immigration New Zealand may issue temporary work permits to the migrants. The biannual review also addressed in some other amendments to the LTSSL with respect to qualification and experience requirements for certain occupations. The amendments are summarized below:
· Three years work experience for Multimedia Designer
· National Certificate in Hospitality (Cookery) Level 4 in addition to National Certificate in Hospitality (Basic Cookery) (Level 3) for Chef
· Registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand for Obstetrics and Gynecologists
"Modifications in the LTSSL have been done following in-depth consultation with industry, relevant government agencies and other holders," said an official of the Immigration New Zealand, while clarifying that the changes will not affect SMC applications that have been accepted.