Sleepover rates and Work Visas

Kia ora koutou
We are pleased to let you know that Immigration NZ has had a rethink on the recent policy interpretation that created significant difficulties for employers and  for people applying for and currently on work visas. The decision has been made that effective from May 24th  sleepover rates will be excluded from wage calculations. Following is a communication from Immigration NZ confirming this:
Tena koe Dr Bennie.
As I mentioned in our phone call  this morning there are some changes being implemented  in regard to how Immigration New Zealand calculates the median wage rate in  respect to sleepover rates. As you know currently sleepover rates are factored into the calculation of the median wage rate for visa applications. Where employers pay a sleepover rate lower than the standard hourly rate it can impact on the  wage assessment meaning that essential skills work visa holders get shorter duration visas and don’t get automatic work rights for partners. For residence applications under the skilled migrant category (the points system) it can mean that an applicant won’t meet the wage rate required to get points for a skill job offer.  
From 24 May 2021 Immigration New Zealand will no longer include sleepover rates in these calculations for applicants working as carers in the Aged and Disability Care Sectors.
If you have any further questions you can contact me or your usual contact Hiro Kuroki who is away on leave until early next week.
Nga mihinui kia koe
Paul Millar
Relationship Manager, Sectors & Skills  
Immigration New Zealand
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Lobbying for this change has been a team effort across NZDSN, Unions and several providers – many thanks to all those who raised the issue and worked collaboratively to get a resolution.
Nga mihi nui
Dr Garth Bennie
Chief Executive