The Government expects that sector immigration agreements, including for construction and infrastructure, will be in place in the latter half of this year.
The agreement will support some lower-wage roles such as welders, fitters, plasterers and painting trades workers by providing a limited exception to the median wage requirement for migrant workers, in exchange for ongoing improvements, including helping to attract, train and retain more New Zealanders into roles.
MBIE officials are consulting with Construction Sector Accord leaders on the draft agreement, including ACENZ, Civil Contractors NZ, Institute of Architects and Registered Master Builders.
Ahead of the construction and infrastructure sector agreement being implemented, a lower wage threshold has been in place from July 4 for hiring migrant workers into specified construction and infrastructure roles, under the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEVW).
To find out more about AEVW, visit www.immigration.govt.nz/employ-migrants/new-employer-accreditation-and-work-visa.