Labour is calling for a review of New Zealand’s skills shortage list, saying there is a mismatch between immigration and labour market needs.The 200,000 people issued temporary work visas in the year ending June is the highest ever annual figure. Folks, this is for a population of only 4.5 million people.
Labour is calling for a review of New Zealand’s skills shortage list, saying there is a mismatch between immigration and labour market needs.
Prime Minister John Key said the numbers reflected a high skill shortage, but that has been questioned by the Auckland Chamber of Commerce which said many new residents didn’t have the skills to address the gaps in construction, health and information technology.
Labour leader Andrew Little said Mr Key was refusing to admit there was a problem with migration numbers, and work permits were issued for jobs that thousands of Kiwis were trying to get.
Mr Little told Morning Report thousands of labourers were unemployed while workers were being brought in from overseas to fill jobs.
He said there were 15,000 unemployed labourers, while last year 6,500 people were given immigration visas to do labouring work.
A review of immigration should include examining the skills shortage lists and looking at whether foreign students should be allowed to work, he said. Read more…
Photo: Labour leader Andrew Little.