Skilled immigrants to fill shortage of labor in Australia
Australia, 20th July: Australia immigration minister Chris Bowen is going to announce a program for addressing shortage of skilled workers in Western Australia.
Huge shortage of skilled workforce predicted in WA— The measures to be announced for skilled migration program for Western Australia (WA) aim to fill the looming shortages of around 150,000 skilled labor in infrastructure as well as resources sectors by the next seven years.
By the year 2015, mining sector of WA is going to have a shortage of around 36,000 skilled workforce.
This is due to investment in mining projects to the tune of US$403 billion.
Hence, Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme will cover Perth in a bid to enable employers hire immigrant workers, Mr. Bowen stated.
Employers will be facilitated in hiring semi-skilled workers, especially workers on 457 visas and will help them become permanent residents of Australia, he added during a conference organized to address issues of skilled migration by Perth mining industry.
Increased skilled immigration for easing skills shortage—The government of Australia is also planning to help solve the problem of skills shortage by increasing the skilled immigration intake to 125,850 from the current 10,000 in the May budget.
However, Unions WA states that instead of focusing on higher levels of skilled immigration in WA, the government needs to address the issue of shortage of workers by imparting better training.
Give preference to local workers--According to the leader of the union group, Simone McGurk, allowing higher number of skilled immigrants will not suffice to meet the estimated shortage of skilled workforce in WA. Moreover, such a move could be hazardous for the local people who might be rendered jobless, he warned.
Ms. McGurk said that government and employers in WA should work towards employing local workers on the jobs in WA. She further added that there should be greater opportunities of jobs for local workers in WA.
The onus, therefore, lies on the state government to see how and what it can do to impart training to people and to help them fill the gaps in the skills shortage being experienced by the state every now and then, she asserted.