As Australia is set to experience strong economic growth in 2012/13 ahead of the U.S. and UK, according to last month’s OECD Economic Outlook, the flip side of these continually soaring job growth has also caused an industry-wide high demand for skilled workers to work in Australia.
Australian employers are finding themselves having difficulties in filling job vacancies in numerous occupations due to a shortage of skilled workers.
According to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook survey for 2012, more than half of 2200 local employers surveyed in Australia had problems filling critical jobs, of which at least 35% of them were looking overseas, mainly to Britain, India and South Africa, to address skills shortages.
Recent reports show that this current year is expected to have a significant demand for workers having expertise in industries such as mining, energy, tourism and hospitality, healthcare and aged care, farming, engineering, IT, construction and even education as Australia continues to struggle with damaging skill shortages, forcing some Australian employers to look overseas increasing reliance on 457 Australia skilled visa to fill the gaps.
The boom in the mining sector and related rail & port infrastructure has created a shortage of engineers across all the disciplines, with civil engineers in particular demand for the nation’s slew of construction and infrastructure projects.
Currently, there is a high demands for jobs such as maintenance superintendents, study managers in port and rail operations, technical managers, tradesmen such as electricians, carpenters, concreters, fitters, steel construction workers, structural steel and welding trades, earthmoving plant, crane, lift and hoist operators, and motor mechanics as well apart from engineering graduates in mining, electrical and environment fields.
There is also a high demand for aged care nurses as the Australian Nursing Federation has estimated a need of an extra 22,000 aged care nurses and with the shortage expected to continue to worsen over the next 15 years as the country’s health workforce begins to retire in increasing numbers.
With the increased mining investment in IT infrastructure and expansion in the telecommunications arena sending job growth surging ahead in Australia’s IT sector, there is a skill gaps emerging in the .NET skillset, information management and SharePoint, with growing requirements for big picture data warehousing and business intelligence, and for expanding sectors such as virtualization and the Cloud.
While some companies are looking at more lucrative salaries to attract and retain workers, there are an increasing number of employers that are already recruiting from overseas as a short-term solution to the skills shortage.
In fact, the Australian government has increased its annual migration intake by 5,000 places this year in its attempt to help regions and sectors that are struggling to meet acute skills shortages.
To date, the 2012–13 migration program, now accepts up to 190,000 Australia visa applications, from 185,000 immigration to Australia places. Under the skill stream, there are now 129,250 Australia working visa places. Under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (skilled-RSMS), there are now up to 16,000 working visa Australia places.
Coming to Australia on skilled visas will allow you to stay in Australia for a certain specified number of years, with full work rights, and if relevant, your partner, and the best employment prospects. In this type of visa, you must be in an occupation for which there is a high demand in Australia, which is listed on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) published by DIMIA, the Australian Immigration Department as well as comply with the Australia visa requirements.
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