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.