Immigration New Zealand have announced a change in the minimum salary threshold from 24 February 2020, which affects the eligibility requirements for Essential Skills Work Visas and Skilled Migrant Resident Visas.
Any job offer must also still be at the market rate.
Changes to Essential Skills salary rates from 24 February 2020
|ANZSCO Skill level||Hourly rate (NZ$) currently||Hourly rate (NZ$) from 24 Feb 2020||What skill band you will be classified as|
|Any||$37.50 per hour or above||$38.25 per hour or above||HIGH SKILLED|
|1,2,3||$21.25 – $37.49 per hour (inclusive)||$21.68 – $38.24 per hour (inclusive)||MID SKILLED|
|4,5 but included in Appendix 7 as an exception||$25 – $37.49 per hour||$25.50- $38.24 per hour||MID SKILLED|
|4,5||Less than $37.49 per hour||Less than $38.24 per hour||LOW SKILLED|
|Less than $21.25 per hour||Less than $21.68 per hour||LOW SKILLED|
Changes to Skilled Migrant minimum salary rates from 24 February 2020
- Currently $25 per hour or above for a skill level 1, 2 or 3 occupation, increasing to $25.50 per hour or above for a skill level 1, 2 or 3 occupation
- Currently $37.50 per hour or above for a skill level 4 or 5 occupation, increasing to $38.25 or above for a skill level 4 or 5 occupation
If you’re not sure what these changes mean for you, feel free to contact us.