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Published on June 13th, 2012 | by


Australian firms look overseas for workers

Over 70% of large Australian companies are willing to hire foreign workers as the effect of the skills shortage bites.

An Australian Institute of Management (AIM) National Salary Survey shows managers are having the most difficulty recruiting for technical and trade, sales and marketing and construction and engineering jobs.

AIM head of research Matt Drinan said the recent decision to grant mining billionaire Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill project an enterprise migration agreement (EMA) had placed the spotlight on skills shortages in WA, particularly on the mining sector.“However, mining companies comprise a comparatively small proportion of Australia’s employers and our data indicates that the effects of the skills shortage is being felt across a broad range of industry sectors and job functions, nationally,” Mr Drinan said.“In addition to organisations casting their net beyond our shores to help meet skills shortfalls, or as an alternative to this practice, companies might be wise to look at developing existing staff to help fill skill gaps within their business.”

While the strength of the mining sector was likely to be having some impact, recruitment difficulties could be partly explained by the higher proportion of organisations which reported an increase in permanent staff numbers over the past 12 months.

More than 70.2 per cent of large companies across the nation indicated that they would consider hiring staff from overseas in order to fill skills shortfalls while more than half the companies reported that they already employ overseas workers.

In terms of wages, the AIM survey revealed 93.5 per cent of large companies paid salary increases in the 2011/2012 year for at least some employees.

Western Australia recorded the largest salary increases while Victoria and Tasmania recorded the smallest.

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5 Responses to Australian firms look overseas for workers

  1. Ishtiaq Ahmed says:


    I am from Pakistan and i am skilled man and want to job in New Zealand Or Australia please contact me on my cell phone number 0092 331 4357001. After that you must be selected me for job.

    Thanks with Regards,
    Please Reply.

  2. Thembela says:

    Hy I’m a southafrican Enrolled nurse looking for the job overseas plz help

  3. Hitesh says:


    Do you know such kind of emigrate show being held in India ?

    Best Regards

  4. Jon says:

    Is the Canada seminar completely separate? We are undecided where we want to emigrate.

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