These areas are occupations in which New Zealand has a significant shortage of skilled workers. These are listed on the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL). You can qualify for points if you can prove that your current employment or offer of employment meets the specifications of the LTSSL and that you are suitably qualified or experienced for the occupation.
See our Long Term Skill Shortage List (INZ 1093) (online format).
For detailed policy on how we assess employment in an area of absolute skills shortage, see our Operational Manual at SM8.20.
See also information from our Operational Manual on work experience in an area of absolute skills shortage at SM13.20 and qualifications in an area of absolute skills shortage at SM16.20.