08 August 2007

Australian building industry skills shortage lays foundations for Brit visa hopefuls

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There is a shortage of home building and renovation tradespeople in Australia, according to a report released recently by Australia's Housing Industry Association (HIA). The report by the HIA, Australia's peak building industry body, reveals severe shortages of experienced tradespeople in most capital cities and regional centres. This could spell good news for skilled British visa hopefuls working in construction.

All trades are suffering shortages, with nine of the 13 trades surveyed experiencing a decline in availability during the June 2007 quarter, according to HIA chief economist Harley Dale.

"Trade shortages were most prevalent in plumbing, site preparation, and roofing while on a state by state basis, the largest shortages are in Western Australia and Queensland.

"There remain some deep seated challenges ahead for the building industry which, without the injection of more apprentices and skilled migrants, will see another round of building cost pressures emerge later in the decade,' he said.

Trades reporting shortages include bricklaying, carpentry, ceramic tiling, electrical, general building, joinery, landscaping, painting, plastering, plumbing, roofing, and site preparation.

Mr Dale noted: "Today's figures underline the importance of keeping key building trades on the Federal Government's Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL), in order to satisfy demand for trades and alleviate pressure on building costs."

Many of the abovementioned trades are on the MODL. Migrants on an Australian skilled visa in these occupations may be eligible for extra points in the general skilled migration points test.

Australia needs skilled tradespeople: anyone interested in migrating to Australia should complete an online assessment to see if they qualify for skilled migration to Australia.

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