Summary of Terms

Recognised work experience

For your work experience to be recognised, it must be relevant to your recognised qualification or relevant to your offer of skilled employment (or current skilled employment) in New Zealand. Or, you can show us that your work experience is skilled because it required, or enabled you to gain, specialist, technical or management skills and experience relevant to an occupation that is included in the lists of occupations held at Appendix 6 or Appendix 7 of the Operational Manual.

 

You can gain bonus points if you have work experience lawfully gained in New Zealand or that was in an identified future growth area or area of absolute skill shortage (see links below for definitions of these terms).

 

If you do not have current skilled employment or an offer of skilled employment in New Zealand, your work experience must have been gained in a comparable labour market in order for you to claim points.

 

Work experience points may also be awarded for work experience in an area of absolute skills shortage, gained in any labour market. Applicants who do not have skilled employment or an offer of skilled employment in New Zealand, but who do have work experience in an area of absolute skills shortage gained in a non-comparable labour market, can claim points for work experience on their Expression of Interest.

Related Links

See definitions of Identified future growth area, and comparable labour market

 

To see the areas of absolute skills shortage, take a look at our Long Term Skill Shortage List.

 

For detailed policy on whether your work experience will be recognised, see our Operational Manual at SM 11.10, SM 11.10.5, and SM 11.10.10.

 

For additional information on how we recognise work experience, including calculations of part-time work, see SM 11.15 and SM 11.15.1.

 

For our policy on providing evidence of work experience, go to SM 11.20.