Teachers and builders are the new jobs that will be getting priority by Immigration New Zealand as Immigration Minister announces new changes.

A press release from the office of the Immigration Minister Iain-Lees Galloway a short while ago confirmed that the jobs of teachers and builders have been added in the newly created Regional Skill Shortage List that will take place of the Immediate Skill Shortage List.

The new changes will come into effect on Monday, May 27.

The new regional list will focus on jobs required for particular regions and will assists employers and Immigration New Zealand work in close cooperation to fulfil the demand for workers.

“Three teaching roles – early childhood, primary and secondary school teachers – have been added to all regions on the Regional Skill Shortage List. Adding these vital education sector positions to the lists will help us support the education sector, which is experiencing a teacher shortage,” Iain-Lees Galloway said.

The job Building Associate has been added to the Construction Skills Shortage list, while three other occupations have been amended to better reflect the nature of the shortage or deal with duplications.

No occupations have been removed from the Lists completely.

“These proposals simplify the number of different visa options, respond to sectoral or regional differences in the labour market, and align the immigration system with the education, skills and welfare systems,” Iain Lees-Galloway said.