Published on March 30th, 2012 | by john.weir2
1,500 new workers needed in Australia
Australia’s richest woman wants you… if you are a skilled worker from the UK looking to emigrate downunder.
Gina Rinehart is pushing to fill over one thousand semi-skilled mining jobs in Western Australia with foreign workers.
According toÂ ABC NewsÂ Rinehart’s Roy Hill Iron Ore project is negotiating with the Government on Australia’s first Enterprise Migration Agreement (EMA).While details are confidential ABC News reports Rinehart is looking to foreign workers to fill around 1,500 mining jobs in roles as bulldozer drivers, riggers, and scaffolders.
While Rinehart is leading the move she’s not the only industry figure pushing for EMAs, the bulk migration agreements looking to replace existing 457 visas.Earlier this year a spokesperson for Federal Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said there wereÂ several EMA applicationsÂ from mining companies awaiting Government approval.
And last week a Roy Hill spokesperson said overÂ 10,000 mining jobsÂ would eventually be on offer at Rinehart’s project, and 2,000 of those would be filled by Australians.
Roy Hill officials said labour market analysts had indicated there were a “whole heap of shortages” in Australia and while the priority was to fill jobs with locals foreign workers would also be needed.
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