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Employing Migrant Workers

Migrant Workers AustraliaAmongst developed nations, Australia has a high dependency on migrant workers. It is a known fact that skills shortages can only be alleviated by scouring the world for top quality operators. The country utilises a highly selective policy when it comes to migration. Skills Provision have strong ties with organisations, our track record in placing migrant workers in Australia is an excellent one.

Candidates looking to emigrate to Australia must have in demand skills, the country naturally favours the indigenous population, ahead of potential migrants. Companies only hire internationally when local routes are closed. However, in common with many developed nations Australia has a range of jobs that are unpopular. It could be remote locations, anti-social hours or the work is difficult and dangerous. Many of today’s skills shortages have occurred because the mining sector is hovering up local talent, this has left gaps in both metropolitan and rural areas.

Migrant workers interested in a move to Australia need to satisfy the following 2 tests :

  • Do you speak English and hold a valid IELTS certificate under 2 years old, with scores in each section of not less than 5.5?
  • Do you have certified trade skills and/or professional qualifications that have been recognised by the appropriate authorities in Australia?

A candidate needs to answer the above questions before moving forward. Local employers will not consider applicants until factual evidence is presented. Skills Provision provides a host of free tools; these can be obtained after registration on our site.

Regrettably, there are many organisations that promise to get migrant workers a visa, for a fee. However a visa without a job is worthless, our advice is not to pay any organisation without thorough investigation.

Local employers considering the use of migrant workers need to be sure this is the route they want to go down. The process takes time and effort from all concerned. Skills Provision is always happy to discuss an employer’s needs directly or via agents in Australia.

Employers need to decide upon:

  • Either direct recruitment in international markets or utilising outsourcing experts such as Skills Provision to help fill positions
  • Ensuring the offered package complies with domestic regulatory demands, thus making the visa process straightforward, although time consuming
  • Job descriptions need to be produced in a manner that targets the right migrant workers
  •  Salary and benefits packages need to be internationally competitive
  • Candidate availability can be fleeting, so fast decision making is a key to success when recruiting internationally.

Australia has a host of visas, the main two are:

  1. 417 Working Holiday Visa, available to the nationals from selected countries. You must be under 31 at the time of arrival in Australia. This is a “try before you buy scheme” allowing younger people to sample life down under during the year long visa. Much of this revolves around casual work and traveling but many use it as a means of getting a kick start in Australia.
  2. 457 Employer Sponsor Visa. These are aimed at those with in demand trade or professional skills. A regular review of the skills shortage list is recommended as it does change. Many employers stipulate a minimum number of years of experience (5 years is typical). If successful an employer will offer a candidate a contract of between 2 – 4 years. The process is long winded, however Skills Provision has a suite of products to help applicants link up with local employers if the in demand skills are held. Our agents can also offer a reverse headhunting service for a small fee where we will take your profile and market to the hidden jobs market in Australia.

Australia remains a great place to live and work but the streets are not paved with gold, only the truly committed with the right skills will succeed. We are here to help those people link up with Australian employers suffering from skills shortages.