Published on July 6th, 2012 | by john.weir3
New Australian employer promises jobs for overseas workers
A Middle Eastern oil and gas engineering contractor has arrived in Australia, promising it will bring in overseas workers if it cannot find Australians to do the job.
The NSH Corporation’s Australian branch — NaSAH Australia — will focus on the liquefied natural gas sector in Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Chief executive Peter Linford said he expected opposition to the firm’s arrival, but they would do everything possible to hire Australian workers. He said on average it was $40,000 more expensive to recruit someone from overseas on the same salary and conditions. “There are potentially 13 LNG projects which could be happening at the one time, which is unprecedented in Australia’s history,” Mr Linford said. “It’s obviously going to present skills challenges for Australia.
“Ideally, we would train Australians into those positions and they’d all be filled. But there is going to be a gap and sometimes workers are going to have to meet those. Otherwise those investments coming into Australia may retract and they may disappear altogether. And that, for Australia, would be a disaster.”
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