06 September 2007

Australian immigration needed to meet worsening skills shortage

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Australia's skills shortage is worsening, with a 4.3 per cent increase in job vacancies for August, according to the latest research. The SEEK Employment index shows growth in job vacancies and falling job seeker activity at the highest level since January 2006. The only short-term answer to the increasingly tight labour market is Australian immigration.

The figures are 13.5 per cent higher in Australia than the same time last year. The number of new job advertisements was up 0.8 per cent in August but the number of job applications responding to advertisements fell by 3.5 per cent.

"The initial impact of the resources boom was strong demand for labor in the mining, oil and gas sector, and now that this demand is largely being met, skilled workers from the broader economy are the ones in short supply," SEEK said in a statement.

Australian jobs which employers are finding very difficult to fill include architects, solicitors, construction sector planners, nurses, midwives and insurance and superannuation brokers, reports Sky News.

The SEEK Employment Index measures labour market supply correlated against labour market demand by analysing monthly job ad and application data.

Australia needs skilled immigrants: Anyone applying for an Australian visa should begin by completing the Australian Visa Bureau's online Australian visa application to see if they meet the Australian visa requirements.

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