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Recruiting Immigrant Workers
Recruiting Immigrant Workers: New Zealand 2014
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  23 Jul 2014
Pages: 152 , Language: English
Version: Print (Paperback) + PDF
ISBN: 9789264215641 , OECD Code: 812014131P1
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New Zealand is among the OECD countries that have been settled by migration. Currently more than a quarter of the New Zealand workforce is foreign-born. Despite being a settlement country, most labour migration is temporary and permanent migration mainly draws from the pool of temporary labour migrants. Current temporary labour migration is equivalent to 3.6% of the workforce, by far the largest figure in the OECD. An elaborate system of labour-market tests and exemptions aims to limit negative impact on the domestic workforce while at the same time responding to employer needs. A large part of temporary flows is into low-skilled jobs with little steering possibilities, and some vigilance is needed. For permanent migration, which is also among the highest in per capita terms among OECD countries, New Zealand operates with target numbers. The country faces difficulties in meeting thes targets, whose value-added in a largely demand-driven system - favoring immigrants with a job offer - is questionable.

Table of contents:

Acronyms and abbreviations 11
Executive summary 13
Assessment and recommendations 17
Chapter 1. Context for labour migration to New Zealand 25
-Introduction 26
-Current labour market conditions and the evidence regarding labour shortages 27
-Evolution and characteristics of labour migration to New Zealand in international comparison 30
-Evolution of New Zealandís immigration policy 34
-Key actors in managing labour migration to New Zealand 40
-References 48
Chapter 2. International students and temporary labour migration to New Zealand 51
-Essential Skills visas 53
-Working Holiday Scheme 67
-Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme 73
-Other temporary labour migration visas 76
-Procedural issues 79
-International students 80
-Conclusions 88
-References 94
Chapter 3. Permanent labour migration to New Zealand 97
-Admissions for permanent residence 98
-Skilled Migration Category (SMC) visas 103
-Business migrants 114
-Transitions to residence 120
-References 124
Chapter 4. The attraction to and retention of labour migrants in New Zealand 127
-Attraction of labour migrants 128
-Retention of labour migrants and outmigration 131
-References 136
Annex A. Map of New Zealand 137
Annex B. Share of firms with advertised vacancies that they were not able to fill, by region and industry, 2012 138
Annex C. Temporary work visa categories 139
Annex D. New Zealandís Working Holiday Schemes, by country, 2013 140
Annex E. Example of a preliminary indicator evidence report 142
Annex F. Percentage of principal applicants scoring points for each characteristic under the points system, and maximum possible points 148

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