12 December 2007
Jobs growth acceleration means opportunity for Australian immigration
November saw a further 20,000 jobs added to the Australian labour market, according to the latest figures released by the Bureau of Statistics. Demand for skilled labour across the country is soaring and employers are recruiting staff with Australian visas.
The report showed that the jobless rate is still around 4.3 per cent and job vacancies will probably continue to grow as the economy continues to expand. The November growth brings the number of jobs created in Australia this year to 218,000. This is on top of the 305,000 jobs added to the economy in 2006, the largest yearly increase since 1989.
"I think you're going to have some fairly strong employment numbers" for November, said Alan Oster, chief economist at the National Australia Bank in Melbourne. Businesses are "still saying to us that it's more difficult now to get suitable labour than at any time in 20 years, but they're still actually finding them".
Mining giant Rio Tinto and Qantas Airways are two employers desperate for skilled employees.
Australia needs skilled workers: 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.