The Job Check is one of the steps in the 3-step Accredited Employer Work Visa (AWEV) process.
Job Checks are to ensure that there are no New Zealanders available to do the job. This is to support local employment and ensure New Zealanders are considered for jobs before an employer looks to recruit migrant workers.
These are submitted with:
- Job Descriptions
- Employment Agreements; and
- Labour Market Test Documentation
To Qualify for a Job Check
All jobs must be:
- Full time (30+ hours pw)
- Paid median wage ($29.66), unless the role is on the exemption list with its own lower wage threshold.
- Advertised with explicit pay rate, unless it is 2x median wage
- Paid at least monthly
- Compliant with all relevant New Zealand employment laws and standards
Jobs cannot be for self-employment.
Nor can jobs be for planting, maintaining, harvesting or packing crops in the horticulture or viticulture industries as these jobs are fall under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme. For these jobs, refer to the Recognised Seasonal Employer Limited Visa.
As stated above, the offered pay for employment must be at least the median wage ($29.66), unless the role is on the exemption list with its own lower wage threshold. These include specific jobs in construction and infrastructure, tourism and hospitality, and the care sector. View the exemption list from INZ for specific details on each role.
Highly paid jobs are recognised as paying at least 2x the median wage or equivalent salary. Highly paid jobs do not need to be advertised locally.
The median wage is updated once per year.
If the updated median wage falls outside of the range of your advertised wages, then you must submit a new job check.
If the median wage is updated before the visa application is submitted, the pay offered will need to be updated.
The Government will signal a change in the median wage in advance, but employers should be mindful any potential increase occurring during the job check’s valid period.
Need help with the Job Check?
Our team of recruiters are equipped with all the tools to manage your job check, including documentation and application through Immigration New Zealand. We’ll handle it all so you can avoid the hassle and keep doing what you do best.
Fill out our contact form and one of our team will be in touch with you to see you through the job check process and ensure you are ready to hire workers on the new Accredited Employer Work Visa.