Published on January 29th, 2012 | by john.weir1
Australian government confirm 92,000 workers needed
Australiaâ€™s hospitality and tourism industry is so short staffed the government needs to import 36,000 cooks, waiters and bartenders immediately
It is also looking for another 56,000Â workers by 2015, according to Immigration Minister Chris Bowen.Â Under a new federal plan, tourism and hospitality employers would be able to bring in workers on a two to three year visa similar to the 457 visa program widely used in the mining sector. The vacancies are caused by a number of factors; chief amongst which is the reluctance of Australians to do “menial”jobs.
Experts say high-paying mining jobs are luring young Australian workers from traditional fields such as retail and hospitality, while others would rather go on the dole than muck in and do certain jobs themselves.
“I hate to say it but there seems to be a sense of entitlement among younger Australians,” Tourism Accommodation Australia boss Rodger Powell said.
“They believe jobs in the service industry are too menial or too low paid and they have been brought up to believe they are destined for something better instead of starting from the bottom and working their way up as generations did before them.”
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