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Published on May 14th, 2012 | by


Record number of 457 visa holders in Australia

A record 88,590 people are in Australia on business-sponsored 457 visas as the country turns to overseas labour to solve its skills shortages.

The visas allow employers to recruit overseas for highly skilled jobs that pay more than $49,000 when they can’t find Australians who can do the work. A report by the Herald Sun says that the situation is particularly acute in Victoria ; which¬†lacks good cooks, university lecturers, computer programmers and doctors and has recruited more than 10,000 foreigners to do the work.

The state now faces an unemployment rate of 5.3 per cent, figures show 10,260 people were recruited to the state in the nine months to March.In Victoria, information technology workers including developers and software programmers were in highest demand.University lecturers, cooks, doctors, marketing specialists and accountants were also in short supply.

Most workers came from India and the UK, followed by Ireland, the US and China, with an average salary package of $90,000.

Australia-wide, 52,020 people were accepted in the past nine months and can apply for permanent residency once here.

NSW recruited the most (16,830), followed by mining powerhouse WA (11,990), where average salary packages were $105,200.

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