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, immediate, and construction and infrastructure skill shortage lists, within the following industries.

Jobs in Science

Science

Food technologists research and develop new food and beverage products and/or improve the quality of existing products. They may also develop or improve the processing, packaging, storage, and safety of food in line with government and industry standards.

Medical laboratory scientists carry out laboratory tests on blood, tissues and other samples taken from patients.

Medical physicists help plan radiation treatment for patients, check and monitor radiation equipment, and develop new treatment techniques.