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Dunlin Immigration Group

Exemptions to Accredited Employer Work Visa Wage Threshold

If you secure employment from a New Zealand company

Occupations Exempt From The AEWV Median Wage Threshold

Under AEWV policy, you cannot pay a migrant less than the NZ median wage, unless their occupation features on one of the lists below.

Certain occupations in construction and infrastructure, and tourism and hospitality must pay at least NZD $25 an hour.

Certain occupations in the healthcare workforce sector must be paid at least NZD $25.39 an hour.

Stand down period

An AEWV holder paid below the median wage in these cases can be granted a work visa for 2 years before having to complete a stand-down period for 12 consecutive months outside New Zealand, when they can get another AEWV for 2 years.

If at any time they are offered employment at or above median wage, they can seek an AEWV for 3 years, without having to go through the stand-down period.

Construction & Infrastructure

  • Fibrous plasterer: ANZSCO 333211

  • Fitter (general): ANZSCO 323211

  • Fitter-Welder: ANZSCO 323213

  • Metal fabricator: ANZSCO 322311

  • Painting trades worker: ANZSCO 332211

  • Solid plasterer: ANZSCO 333212

  • Wall and floor tiler: ANZSCO 333411

  • Welder: ANZSCO 322313

Care Workforce
  • Aged or disabled carer: ANZSCO 423111

  • Child or youth residential care assistant: ANZSCO 423411

  • Disabilities services officer: ANZSCO 411712

  • Kaiāwhina (hauora) (Māori health assistant): ANZSCO 411512

  • Nursing support worker: ANZSCO 423312

  • Personal care assistant: ANZSCO 423313

  • Residential care officer: ANZSCO 411715

  • Therapy aide: ANZSCO 423314

Tourism and Hospitality

Note: These roles are only exempt from paying the median wage threshold until April 2023.

  • Accommodation and hospitality managers nec: ANZSCO 141999

  • Bar attendant: ANZSCO 431111

  • Barista: ANZSCO 431112

  • Cafe worker: ANZSCO 431211

  • Caravan park and camping ground manager: ANZSCO 141211

  • Commercial housekeeper: ANZSCO 811411

  • Conference and event organiser: ANZSCO 149311

  • Diving instructor (open water): ANZSCO 452311

  • Doorperson or luggage porter: ANZSCO 431912

  • Fast food cook: ANZSCO 851111

  • Food trades assistants nec: ANZSCO 851299

  • Gallery or museum technician: ANZSCO 399311

  • Gaming worker: ANZSCO 431311

  • Hospitality workers nec: ANZSCO 431999

  • Hotel or motel manager: ANZSCO 141311

  • Hotel or motel receptionist: ANZSCO 542113

  • Hotel service manager: ANZSCO 431411

  • Hunting guide: ANZSCO 452213

  • Kitchenhand: ANZSCO 851311

  • Licensed club manager: ANZSCO 141411

  • Pastrycook's assistant: ANZSCO 851211

  • Tour guide: ANZSCO 451412

  • Travel agency manager: ANZSCO 142116

  • Travel attendants nec: ANZSCO 451799

  • Travel consultant: ANZSCO 451612

  • Trekking guide: ANZSCO 452216

  • Waiter: ANZSCO 431511

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