Summary of Terms

Labour market test

We conduct labour market tests to determine whether suitably qualified New Zealand workers are available, or could be easily trained to do the work and should be offered the employment rather than an overseas temporary worker. 


We may do this to consider an employer’s request to:

  • employ one particular person
  • gain approval in principle to employ workers from overseas.


Our test involves seeking advice from industry representatives and the appropriate New Zealand government agencies to determine current skill shortages.  In weighing up the employer’s case, we’ll also seek evidence of their genuine attempt to find New Zealand workers, such as advertising and the use of a recruiting company.