Long Term Skill Shortage List – What is it?

The Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) identifies occupations that have an absolute (sustained and ongoing) shortage of skilled workers both globally and throughout New Zealand.  A work visa application may be simpler for people who get a job offer in one of the occupations on the list. They may also have more visa options to choose from. Migrants applying for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category may gain bonus points towards their application if they have an offer of employment or work experience in an area of absolute skill shortage identified on the LTSSL.

It is important to realize that the LTSSL specifies criteria for each occupation. To reap the benefits of having an occupation that is on this list, you must meet the criteria that are specified for the occupation as well.

Long Term Skill Shortage List – Annual Review

Every year a review is conducted by Immigration New Zealand to ensure the Long Term Skills Shortage List keeps up with changes in the labour market.

Industry bodies may present a case to Immigration New Zealand why they believe certain occupations should be on the list. As a result of the review and assessment process, a new and updated list is presented each year.

Occupations that were removed

  • Anaesthetist
  • Forest Scientist
  • Pathologist
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Renal Medicine Specialist

No occupations were added

Long Term Skill Shortage List 2018 – Overview

The following occupations are on the Long Term Skills Shortage List from February 2018.


  • Construction Project Manager (Roading and Infrastructure)
  • Project Builder (including Building Project Manager and Site Foreman)
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Surveyor



  • Engineering Professionals nec
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Materials Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Production or Plant Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Electronic Engineering Technician



  • Procurement Manager


Health and Social Services

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist
  • General Practitioner
  • Medical Radiation Therapist
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist – including Cytotechnologist
  • Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • Physicist (Medical)
  • Physiotherapist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Sonographer
  • Specialist Physician in Palliative Medicine
  • Multimedia Specialist (Film Animator)
  • Surgeon (General)
  • Veterinarian


ICT, Electronics and Telecommunications

  • ICT Project Manager
  • Organisation and Methods Analyst
  • ICT Business Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • Multimedia Specialist
  • Web Developer
  • Analyst Programmer
  • Developer Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Tester
  • Software and Applications Programmers nec
  • Database Administrator
  • ICT Security Specialist
  • Systems Administrator
  • Computer Network and Systems Engineer
  • Network Administrator
  • ICT Quality Assurance Engineer
  • ICT Support Engineer
  • ICT Systems Test Engineer
  • ICT Support and Test Engineers nec
  • Telecommunications Engineer
  • Telecommunications Network Engineer
  • Telecommunications Network Engineer
  •  ICT Customer Support Officer


Recreation, Hospitality and Tourism

  • Chef (Chef de Partie or higher)



  • Other Spatial Scientist
  • Environmental Research Scientist
  • Food Technologist



  • Automotive Electrician
  • Diesel Motor Mechanic (including Heavy Vehicle Inspector)
  • Electrician (General)
  • Electric Line Mechanic