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Job Check applications are now open for Accredited Employers


The Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) will be introduced on 4 July. The AEWV is a new temporary work visa that will replace the Essential Skills Work Visa and Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa.


As previously announced, employers can get accreditation to use the AEWV to hire migrants on visas for up to 3 years. From today, applications for job check are open to accredited employers. The job check is the second of a 3-step process to be able to hire a migrant worker.


Businesses are encouraged to attract, train, upskill and hire New Zealand workers. New Zealand workers are New Zealand citizens and New Zealand resident visa holders.


The AEWV is designed to ensure New Zealanders are first in line for jobs and accredited employers can hire migrant workers in occupations where there are genuine skill or labour shortages.


Accredited employers must submit a job check to hire a temporary migrant worker on an AEWV.


Job check approval expires after 6 months.


Accredited employers who pass the job check can ask a migrant worker to apply for an AEWV from 4 July 2022.


Requirements for Job Check

  • To pass the job check, all jobs must pay the market rate for the role.

  • Most jobs must have been advertised. Employers will need to declare they did not find suitable New Zealanders before offering the role to a migrant worker.

  • The median wage is being updated from NZD $27.00 to $27.76 an hour. This will apply to job check applications from 20 June 2022 and to AEWV applications from 4 July 2022.


Most jobs must pay the median wage, however, some are exempt as below

You must meet a pay threshold:

  • Specific jobs in construction and infrastructure, and tourism and hospitality must pay at least NZD $25 an hour.

  • Specific jobs in the care workforce sector must be paid at least NZD $25.39 an hour.

  • An AEWV holder paid below the median wage in these cases can hold the AEWV for 2 years before completing a stand-down for 12 consecutive months outside New Zealand, when they can get another AEWV for 2 years.

  • The migrant worker can get another visa for a job paid above the median wage without having to complete a stand-down period.


Sectors and exempt jobs


Sector — Construction and infrastructure

  • Fibrous plasterer

  • Fitter (general)

  • Fitter-Welder

  • Metal fabricator

  • Painting trades worker

  • Solid plasterer: ANZSCO

  • Wall and floor tiler: ANZSCO

  • Welder: ANZSCO


Sector — Care workforce

  • Aged or disabled carer

  • Child or youth residential care assistant

  • Disabilities services officer

  • Kaiāwhina (hauora) (Māori health assistant)

  • Nursing support worker

  • Personal care assistant

  • Residential care officer

  • Therapy aide


Sector — Tourism and hospitality (These roles are only exempt from paying the median wage threshold until April 2023.)

  • Accommodation and hospitality managers nec

  • Bar attendant

  • Barista

  • Cafe worker

  • Caravan park and camping ground manager

  • Commercial housekeeper

  • Conference and event organiser

  • Diving instructor (open water)

  • Doorperson or luggage porter

  • Fast food cook

  • Food trades assistants nec

  • Gallery or museum technician

  • Gaming worker

  • Hospitality workers nec

  • Hotel or motel manager

  • Hotel or motel receptionist

  • Hotel service manager

  • Hunting guide

  • Kitchenhand

  • Licensed club manager

  • Pastrycook's assistant

  • Tour guide

  • Travel agency manager

  • Travel attendants nec

  • Travel consultant

  • Trekking guide

  • Waiter